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NTLP - Not Typical Library Partners
July, 2012
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Upcoming Events

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TechNet 2012

NTLP's Fifth Annual Conference on Library Technology will take place Thursday, August 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the University of Dallas in Irving.  The keynote speaker will be Gary Price, librarian writer and consultant who co-founded INFOdocket. Other featured speakers are Bobbi Newman (Librarian by Day) and Rochelle Logan (from Douglas County Library).

For the Early Registration discount, register and pay by August 1.  Staff from NTLP member libraries are eligible for an additional discount. See the conference website for more details, including a list of planned sessions.

Upcoming Workshops
Other face-to-face training events are scheduled for August and September.  See the Upcoming CE page at the NTLP website for information.

NTLP Membership Meetingmeeting

NTLP's annual membership meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 19. Watch your email inbox and our website for details. Representatives from all libraries are invited to attend, but only NTLP partner libraries may vote regarding NTLP's future.  Remember that NTRLS will no longer exist after the Texas Library Systems program ends on August 31, 2012.

Membership Update

More than 50 libraries have joined NTLP to date for the 2012 fiscal year, including several from the NETLS area and a special library in Dallas. We know several libraries are waiting until next fiscal year to join but want to remind everyone of a one-time only special: NTLP offers, through the end of July 2012 only, pro-rated membership fees to those that join for the remainder of fiscal year 2012 (which ends September 30, 2012).  Join now to begin taking advantage immediately of vendor discounts, discounted registration fees for TechNet 2012, the Hands-On Geocaching (Programming) workshop and more!

2012 Library Partners
      Special Library

Phil Johnson Library / Dallas Resource Center

      Public Libraries (listed by city)

Forest Hill
Fort Worth
Glen Rose
Haltom City
Lake Cities
Lake Worth
N. Richland Hills
Richland Hills
The Colony
Westworth Village
White Settlement
Wichita Falls

The membership fee chart stays the same for FY2013 but is based on your library's FY2011 annual report data for public libraries.  Other types of libraries should contact NTLP for fee information.  See http://ntxlibpartners.org/partnership2013 for details on becoming a partner for 2013.


Nell Callison, who was for many years the O2U Coordinator for NTRLS, passed away on June 18, 2012. Nell was always kind, generous, and there when we needed her.  She will be greatly missed.

Retirements and Departures

  • Carrollton Public Library Director Cheri Gross will retire July 31, 2012.
  • Curtis Burton has resigned from his position as Director of Paducah's Bicentennial City / County Library.
  • Eva Poole Director of Denton Public Library, has accepted a position as Chief of Staff at the District of Columbia Public Library.
  • Former Bridgeport Public Library Director Pat Stegall retired in January, 2012.
  • Springtown Public Library Director Jackie McGauchie retired on June 22.
  • Terri Holbert has retired as Director of Electra Public Library.
  • Marci Chen resigned as NTLP's Digital Collection Coordinator to persue coursework in archival administration.
NTLP wishes you all the best!

Welcome New Library Directors!

 Pamela AlHusaini in Alvord Jackie Lowrie in Bridgeport
Jamie Mergell in Ponder Spencer Smith in Little Elm
Beckey Tucker in Paducah Jayne McCall in Nocona
Beth Hiatt in Bowie Lisa Wood in Richland Hills
Amie Schultz in Iowa Park Kathy Crabtree in Springtown
Terri Gibbs in Denton  

NTLP Committees and Board Activity

The NTLP Board of Directors and staff held a strategic planning retreat in June to discuss strengthening NTLP as a sustainable nonprofit organization.  The next board meeting will be August 23 in Denton.

Nominations are now being accepted for openings on the NTLP Board of Directors. Interim appointments can be made immediately, and elections will be held at the membership meeting in September.  Please send your nominations to Carolyn.

At a joint meeting of the NTLP Development Committee and the Partner Advisory Committee in May, partner library representatives discussed and prioritized possible NTLP programs and services for next year.

Representatives from partner libraries are eligible to serve on NTLP committees. Please let us know if you're interested.  We value your input!

arts and crafts projectProjects In the Works

TSLAC recommended funding for two NTLP competitive grant applications for FY2013, and we are waiting for funding decisions on two more proposed projects.

The NTLP ebook platform is generating lots of interest.  Paul is developing the technical infrastructure and lining up publishers that are interested in selling ebooks directly to libraries under our proposed common understanding.  This is one of the NTLP projects which TSLAC recommended for grant funding.  Additional details will be explained in a session at TechNet 2012.

Carolyn and Paul are still negotiating additional vendor discounts for NTLP partner libraries. Watch your email or the NTLP website for announcements about new deals.  Only NTLP partner libraries can log in at the NTLP website to see full details of available discounts.  All others see only a broad description of those deals. If there's a vendor that you'd like us to contact, be sure to let us know!

dona is lining up exhibitors and presenters for the TechNet conference in August. Last year's TechNet is a tough act to follow, but we're up to it! This year's conference will also include poster sessions, so we can fit even more information into the one-day event! She's also setting up additional CE opportunities for coming months, so sign up for the CE email list or keep an eye on the Upcoming CE page at the NTLP website.

dona and Judy are working on a new, enhanced version of the Directory of Program Presenters with premium features that will be available only to NTLP partner libraries.

Carolyn is working with a video production company to produce a video promoting awareness of library support from elected officials. 

Did you know that Carolyn and dona both completed a training course for private investigators? Carolyn will be doing a presentation at TLA Annual Assembly on the similarity between P.I.s and reference librarians.

Also at TLA Annual Assembly, Carolyn will present a session on Pinterest, and Paul will present a session on building an ebook platform.  See you there!

Recent Events

The 2012 Library Supporters conference was held on May 5 at the Center for Community Cooperation in Dallas.  Handouts from the conference sessions and photos are available at http://ntxlibpartners.org/content/2012-library-supporters-conference-handouts


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Executive Director's Report
from Carolyn Brewer

photo of Carolyn BrewerCarolyn's June / July report is now posted on the NTLP website, with news about recent NTLP projects and what's coming up next .

See http://ntxlibpartners.org/edc for the full report!

See the benefits of NTLP membership at http://ntxlibpartners.org/membership

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