Conference Evaluation


Welcome to the TLA Conference Evaluation! We would like to thank you for attending the 2017 San Antonio conference.
Your feedback is very important to us. Please take the time to answer the following questions so that we may improve your conference experience next year. This survey closes on June 2, 2017. This survey will ask about every part of the 2017 Conference experience, ending with an open-ended question about your favorite parts and suggestions for improving the conference.


 
1. Select your top five reasons for attending the TLA Conference.
 Professional education and growth
 Tours of other libraries
 Attending exhibits by library related companies
 Networking with colleagues
 Seeking employment
 Seeking employees
 Volunteering for my professional association
 Leadership role within the organization
 Professional Visibility
 Program Presenter
 Books and Authors
 Convenient location
 Other
 
2. If other, please elaborate:
 
3. Did a single topic or speaker attract you to this conference?
 Yes
 No
 
4. If yes, please identify.
 
5. Rate the overall conference as to the value it had for you.
 Excellent
 Good
 Fair
 Poor
 
6. Indicate the group/organization/institution you represent. (choose one)
 Business Library
 Community College
 Elementary School
 High School
 Law Library
 Library School (faculty)
 Library Vendor
 Medical Library
 Middle School
 Network/Consortium
 Other Special Library
 Private K-12 School
 Public Library
 Student of Library Science
 Trustee/Friend
 University
 Other
 
7. Indicate the area that best describes your position/area of responsibility. (Choose one)
 Acquisitions/Collections
 Administration
 Adult Programming
 Archives/Preservation
 Branch/Department Supervisor
 Business/Financial Oversight/Facilities
 Cataloging
 Children's/Young Adult Services
 Circulation
 Community/PR/Marketing/Fundraising
 Electronic Resources
 Information Literacy
 Interlibrary Loan
 Library Director/Assistant Director
 Outreach/Community/Literacy
 Reference
 School Administrator
 School Librarian
 Technology/Automation/Web
 Training/Instruction
 Other
 
8. Indicate the answer that best reflects your situation at this TLA conference. (choose one)
 My employer paid all of my expenses
 My employer paid part of my expenses
 I paid all of my expenses
 Other
 
9. Did your organizational support (travel/budget/funding) change from the previous year?
 Increased
 Decreased
 Stayed the same
 First time to attend
 
10. Do you anticipate that your employer will give you organizational support to attend the 2018 TLA Annual Conference (Dallas)?
 Yes
 No
 Don't Know
 
11. Including this conference, how many times have you attended a TLA Conference?
 My first
 2-3
 4-9
 10 or more
 
12. How many days did you attend the TLA Conference?
 1
 2
 3
 4
 
13. How many hours did you spend viewing the exhibits?
 0
 2 or less
 3 to 4
 5 to 6
 7 to 8
 More than 8
 
14. If you spent relatively little or no time in the exhibit hall, please tell us why:
 
15. Which of the following best describe how you benefit from the TLA exhibits? (check all that apply as strong benefits for you)
 I purchase goods and services in the exhibit hall.
 I compare products and decide later.
 I take home information about products and services.
 I take home samples and promotional items.
 I learn about new products.
 I do not attend the exhibits.
 
16. Which statement is the most applicable to your situation in 2017?
 I had more money to spend in the exhibit hall than last year.
 I had less money to spend in the exhibit hall than last year.
 I had the same amount of money to spend in the exhibit hall as last year.
 
17. Which statement do you envision to be applicable to your situation next year?
 I will have more money to spend in the exhibit hall next year.
 I will have less money to spend in the exhibit hall next year.
 I will have approximately the same amount to spend in the exhibit hall next year.
 
18. Which topics would you like to see addressed at the next conference?
 Academic Collection Management
 Adult Collection Management
 Adult Programming
 Advocacy/Outreach/Marketing
 Archives and Preservation
 Assessment/Outcomes
 Automation/IT/Technology
 Buildings/Renovation
 Censorship/Filtering
 Children's Collection Management
 Children's Programming
 Copyright/Plagiarism & the Public
 Cultural Diversity
 Curriculum Integration
 Customer Service
 Distance Learning
 E-Books / Digital Content
 English as a Second Language
 Ethics
 Faculty/Teacher Collaboration
 Financial Planning
 Flexible School Library Scheduling
 Friends/Boards/Volunteers
 Funding
 Future Trends for Libraries
 Grant Writing
 Information Literacy
 Laws & Legislation
 Leadership & Mentoring
 Library Instruction
 Management & Administration
 Medical Librarianship
 Networking & Collaboration
 Non-English Materials/Management
 Paraprofessional Issues
 Partnerships & Strategic Relationships
 Presentation and Teaching Skills
 Professional Development
 Publicity/Publishing
 RDA and related Cataloging Issues
 Recruitment & Retention
 Reference Services
 Research Methods
 Security/Disaster Preparedness
 Services to the Disadvantaged
 Software
 Strategic Planning
 Technical Services
 Technology Integration
 Youth Services
 
19. Please list any other specific topics or speakers that would interest you.
 
20. Of the topics listed in the above questions, which two are so relevant and timely that you would be willing to pay for a preconference? (Identify two)
 
21. Rate the following events/activities:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Not Applicable
Preconferences
Tech Camp
Directors' Summit
Programs/Seminars
Big Ideas special programs
Hands On Labs
Pop Up Sessions
Great Ideas Poster Sessions
General Sessions
Book Cart Drill Team Competition
Exhibits
Exhibit Hall Functions (Exhibits Grand Opening, Authors Area, lounges)
Collaboration Space
Innovation Lab
Meal Functions (Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners)
Health Functions (Fun Run, Walking Tour, Cycling. Swimming)
Social Functions
Battledecks
Escape Room
 
22. Please rate the following new conference program features
Excellent Good Fair Poor Not Applicable
New program track system
One-hour duration for all regular programs
More time for moving between programs
Moderated format for panel programs
Designated time slots for unit meetings
 
23. Rate the following services:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Not Applicable
Connection Corner (formerly known as the Internet Room)
Mobile App
Authors Area
Career Development Center (formerly known as Placement Center)
Bag Check service
Pre-Registration
Onsite Registration
Pocket Program (Onsite)
Program (mailed prior to conference) in winter Texas Library Journal
Guide to TLA Exhibits in spring Texas Library Journal
Social Media
 
24. Rate each of the following logistics:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Not Applicable
Convention Center Facility
Convention Center Food & Beverage
Information Desks Service
Shuttle Bus Service
Signage in Building
 
25. Rate your conference hotel
Excellent Good Fair Poor Not Applicable
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Crockett Hotel
Hilton Palacio del Rio
Hotel Contessa
Hotel Indigo San Antonio at the Alamo
Hyatt Regency San Antonio
La Quinta Inn & Suites - Convention Center
Marriott Rivercenter
Marriott Riverwalk
Menger Hotel
Westin Riverwalk Hotel
Red Roof Plus San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk
 
26. Which of the following conferences did you attend in 2017?
 ALA Midwinter Meeting 2017 (Jan 20-24)
 TCEA 2017 (Feb 6-10)
 SXSW.EDU 2017 (Mar 6-9)
 SXSW Interactive 2017 (Mar 10-16)
 ACRL 2017 (Mar 22-25)
 Computers in Libraries (Mar 28-30)
 
27. Which of the following conferences do you PLAN to attend?
 ALA Annual Conference 2017 (June 23-27)
 ISTE 2017 (June 25-28)
 TLA Annual Assembly 2017 (July 6-9)
 Internet Librarian 2017 (Oct 23-25)
 TCEA 2018 (Feb 5-9)
 ALA Midwinter Meeting 2018 (Feb 9-13)
 SXSW.EDU 2018 (Mar 5-8)
 SXSW Interactive 2018 (Mar 9-18)
 PLA 2018 (Mar 20-24)
 TLA 2018 (Apr 10-13)
 
28. What other conferences are you interested in attending?
 
29. Did you submit a completed Session Preference Form indicating which meetings you planned to attend?
 Yes
 No
 
30. If not, why not?
 
31. The selection of programs to attend was....
 Too Few
 Just Right
 Too Many
 Too Many Simultaneously
 
32. Do you have any ties to a potential general session speaker whom you think your colleagues would like to hear?
 Yes
 No
 
33. If yes, please identify their names and your contact information.
 
34. What topics would you like see in the Hands On Lab in 2018?
 
35. When did you review the online speaker handouts on the Mobile App?
 Prior to coming to Conference
 During Conference
 After Conference
 
36. How do you get your TLA Annual Conference news and updates? (Please check all that apply)
 Texas Library Journal
 TLACast online newsletter
 TLA Conference web page
 TLA email lists (committee, division, reading list, round table, TLC, etc.)
 Mobile App
 Facebook Event page
 Facebook (generally)
 Conference Newsletter
 Twitter
 Other Social Media
 
37. How helpful were Social Media announcements in deciding which programs to attend? (Facebook, Twitter, conference email, etc.)
 Very helpful
 Somewhat helpful
 Less helpful
 Not accurate
 Did not see any
 
38. Should TLA continue offering uncontested time in exhibits for either the Welcome Party or the President's Celebration?
 Yes
 No
 
39. Tell next year's conference planners what you liked and did not like about this conference, and what improvements/changes you would like to see in the next conference