2019 Fall Meeting

2019 SLA Texas Chapter Annual Meeting

Annual Fall Meeting
4-5 October 2019
Sam Houston State University
Walker Education Center
Huntsville, Texas

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Registration Fees

To take advantage of Early Registration pricing, register and pay online by October 3, 2019.  Those who register by October 3rd and prefer to pay via check may do so at the event at the early rate. Registration/payment via check or credit card will also be available onsite on October 5th. Onsite registration will be the regular rates listed below.

SLA Member: $50 (Early) / $75 (Regular)
Non-Member: $65 (Early) / $90 (Regular)
Student/Retiree: $25 (Early) / $35 (Regular) 
Web/Virtual Sessions only (GoToWebinar link provided before the meetings): $20

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Friday, 4 October 2019

6:00 pm: Open board meeting and no-host dinner at City Hall Café and Pie Bar (https://cityhalltexas.com/)

Saturday, 5 October 2019

8:15 - 9:00 am: Registration and light breakfast

9:00 - 9:55 am: Active and Engaged Learning for Science Information Literacy Sessions in Undergraduate Higher Education 
-- Courtney Mlinar, Head Librarian, Austin Community College, Elgin Campus

Connecting newly developed knowledge in the sciences to current events and societal issues helps students engage in the research process for deeper learning and critical thinking. Emerging teaching trends in undergraduate science education include moving away from the traditional lecture model, with effective pedagogical practices such as student-centered, cooperative learning, multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, metacognition techniques, and collaborative work.

This session will use active teaching strategies to help librarians discover engaging, new techniques for facilitating a collaborative learning environment. Strategies for using peer-assessment, reflective self-evaluation and collaborative assessment tools will also be introduced within this session.

Courtney Mlinar is the Head Librarian at Austin Community College’s Elgin campus where she serves on the Library Leadership Team, Information Literacy Council, LibGuides Administrator, and the ACC Copyright officer. Her librarian experience includes working with symphony orchestras, librarl arts courses, health sciences students and faculty, as well as public health missions in Jamaica. She is an active member and presenter with MLA and ACRL, and has served on task forces for revising various Standards for the ACRL Instruction Section. She is the author of Embedded and Empowered: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2018).

10:00 - 10:55 am: All of Us Research Program Data Browser: Real World Evidence to Advance Research, Engage Community and Stimulate STEM Faculty -- Lisa Connor, Assistant Professor and Research and Instruction Librarian, Health Sciences, Sam Houston State University

The All of Us Research Program Browser provides access to sets of participant data that are unprecedented. Data includes health survey information for demographic and lifestyle, physical measurements, EHR (electronic health record) data, bio-specimens and data captured from mobile health devices. The depth and breadth of data will provide real-world evidence for researchers and clinicians to advance precision medicine. This session will provide an overview of the All of Us Research Program Data Browser, discuss what this means to local communities and biomedical research and reveal upcoming access to FREE data your institution can utilize.

10:55 - 11:10 am: Break

11:10 am - 12:05 pm: Improving Your Professional Image Online (Virtual Session)
-- Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA

Learn how to improve and increase one’s search engine results. Learn about opening accounts on sites like Google Scholar and the importance of being professionally active. Additionally, learn more about social media do's and dont's for your professional image.

Sophia Guevara, MLIS, MPA, is a columnist for Information Today. She also serves on an advisory committee for the Information Outlook publication at the Special Libraries Association.

12:05 - 1:30 pm: Lunch and Networking: Special Collections in the Academic Library -- Trent Shotwell, Special Collections Librarian, Sam Houston State University

Learn all about Sam Houston State University’s Special Collections located in the Thomason Room of the Newton Gresham Library. This session will provide an overview of the prized books and unique materials of this collection, highlight recent collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, and describe the unique processes involved in acquiring and maintaining special collections.

1:30 - 2:25 pm: Weathering the Storm: A Librarian’s Response to Hurricane Harvey (Virtual Session)
-- Katie Dolan, Librarian, Leverett Elementary, Fayetteville, Arkansas

When Hurricane Harvey blew into Houston, Katie Dolan responded immediately by reaching out to her readers and families and sought unique ways to build community through books and reading including late night story times, lizards, chickens and a 180-mile bike adventure. Hear about the ways our community came together and the impact of our seemingly small efforts to make a difference with books.

Katie Dolan is an elementary school librarian at Leverett Elementary in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She previously lived and worked in Katy, Texas for 22 years as a special educator and school librarian. She is passionate about creating a library that builds curious, creative and compassionate readers and learners, and seeks out creative, unique ways to build community.

3:00 - 4:30 pm: Guided tour of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Join us for a guided tour of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. The Museum is a combination of historic buildings, beautiful grounds, and traditional museum gallery-style buildings. The Museum is part of a fifteen-acre complex located on the site of the homestead of General Sam Houston. Part of Sam Houston State University, the facility is dedicated to preserving the memory of Sam Houston (1793-1863) and his times.

For more information about the Fall meeting, please contact Dianna Kim (dlk011@shsu.edu)