TLA Annual Conference Evaluation

April 14 - April 17, 2010: San Antonio Sponsored by
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Total number of respondents: 721
 
1. Select your top five reasons for attending the TLA Conference.
Professional education and growth 699 (21%)
Tours of other libraries 26 (0%)
Attending exhibits by library related companies 568 (17%)
Networking with colleagues 567 (17%)
Seeking employment 15 (0%)
Seeking employees 1 (0%)
Volunteering for my professional association 89 (2%)
Leadership role within the organization 109 (3%)
Professional Visibility 233 (7%)
Program Presenter 146 (4%)
Books and Authors 506 (15%)
Convenient location 196 (6%)
Other 31 (0%)
 
2. If other, please elaborate:
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3. Did a single topic or speaker attract you to this conference?
Yes 122 (17%)
No 586 (82%)
 
4. If yes, please identify.
123 (17%)
 
5. Rate the overall conference as to the value it had for you.
Convention Center Facility 0 (0%)
Excellent 364 (51%)
I purchase goods and services in the exhibit hall. 0 (0%)
Convention Center Facility 0 (0%)
Convention Center Food & Beverage 0 (0%)
I compare products and decide later. 0 (0%)
Good 313 (43%)
Convention Center Food & Beverage 0 (0%)
Information Desks Service 0 (0%)
Fair 31 (4%)
I take home information about products and services. 0 (0%)
Information Desks Service 0 (0%)
Shuttle Bus Service 0 (0%)
I take home samples and promotional items. 0 (0%)
Poor 5 (0%)
Shuttle Bus Service 0 (0%)
I learn about new products. 0 (0%)
I do not attend the exhibits. 0 (0%)
 
6. Indicate the group/organization/institution you represent. (choose one)
Business Library 0 (0%)
Yes 0 (0%)
Yes 0 (0%)
Conference Newsletter 0 (0%)
Internet Room 0 (0%)
No 0 (0%)
No 0 (0%)
Community College 24 (3%)
Elementary School 187 (26%)
Technology Showcase 0 (0%)
Authors Area 0 (0%)
High School 123 (17%)
Law Library 1 (0%)
Placement Center 0 (0%)
Pre-Registration 0 (0%)
Library School (faculty) 9 (1%)
Library Vendor 0 (0%)
Onsite Registration 0 (0%)
Pocket Program (Onsite) 0 (0%)
Medical Library 5 (0%)
Middle School 88 (12%)
Program (mailed prior to Conference) 0 (0%)
Guide to TLA Exhibits 0 (0%)
Network/Consortium 5 (0%)
Other Special Library 10 (1%)
Advance Publicity 0 (0%)
Private K-12 School 23 (3%)
Public Library 138 (19%)
Student of Library Science 9 (1%)
Trustee/Friend 4 (0%)
University 54 (7%)
Other 35 (4%)
 
7. Indicate the area that best describes your position/area of responsibility. (Choose one)
Acquisitions/Collections 10 (1%)
Convention Center Facility 0 (0%)
Convention Center Food & Beverage 0 (0%)
Administration 43 (6%)
Adult Programming 7 (0%)
Information Desks Service 0 (0%)
Shuttle Bus Service 0 (0%)
Archives/Preservation 2 (0%)
Branch/Department/Supervisor 15 (2%)
Business/Financial Oversight/Facilities 0 (0%)
Cataloging 18 (2%)
Children's/Young Adult Services 46 (6%)
Circulation 11 (1%)
Community/PR/Marketing/Fundraising 1 (0%)
Electronic Resources 3 (0%)
Information Literacy 9 (1%)
Interlibrary Loan 1 (0%)
Library Director/Assistant Director 54 (7%)
Outreach/Community/Literacy 4 (0%)
Reference 33 (4%)
School Administrator 7 (0%)
School Librarian 397 (55%)
Technology/Automation/Web 13 (1%)
Training/Instruction 11 (1%)
Other 31 (4%)
 
8. Indicate the answer that best reflects your situation at this TLA conference. (choose one)
Too Few 0 (0%)
Too Few 0 (0%)
My employer paid all of my expenses 345 (48%)
Adam's Mark (Sheraton) 0 (0%)
Adolphus 0 (0%)
My employer paid part of my expenses 249 (34%)
Just Right 0 (0%)
Just Right 0 (0%)
Too Many 0 (0%)
Too Many 0 (0%)
I paid all of my expenses 81 (11%)
Fairmont 0 (0%)
Hyatt Regency 0 (0%)
Other 41 (5%)
Too Many Simultaneously 0 (0%)
Too Many Simultaneously 0 (0%)
Hyatt Summerfield Suites 0 (0%)
Magnolia 0 (0%)
West End (formerly Hampton Inn) 0 (0%)
Westin City Center 0 (0%)
Other 0 (0%)
 
9. Did your organizational support (travel/budget/funding) change from the previous year?
Yes 0 (0%)
Increased 72 (10%)
Yes 0 (0%)
Yes 0 (0%)
No 0 (0%)
No 0 (0%)
Decreased 140 (19%)
No 0 (0%)
Maybe 0 (0%)
Stayed the same 410 (57%)
First time to attend 87 (12%)
Does Not Apply 0 (0%)
 
10. Including this conference, how many times have you attended a TLA Conference?
ALA Annual Conference 2008, Anaheim 6/26-7/2/08 0 (0%)
My first 104 (14%)
2-3 149 (20%)
REFORMA, El Paso 9/18-9/21/08 0 (0%)
ALA Midwinter 2009, Denver 1/23-1/28/09 0 (0%)
4-9 258 (36%)
ACRL 2009, Seattle 3/12-3/15/09 0 (0%)
10 or more 201 (28%)
TLA 2009, Houston 3/31-4/3/09 0 (0%)
 
11. How many days did you attend the TLA Conference?
ALA Annual 2007, Washington DC 6/21-6/27/07 0 (0%)
1 22 (3%)
Prior to coming to Conference - YES 0 (0%)
Prior to coming to Conference - YES 0 (0%)
Prior to coming to Conference - NO 0 (0%)
Prior to coming to Conference - NO 0 (0%)
2 120 (17%)
AASL 2007, Reno 10/25-10/28/07 0 (0%)
ALA Midwinter 2008, Philadelphia 1/11-1/16/08 0 (0%)
3 266 (38%)
During Conference - YES 0 (0%)
During Conference - YES 0 (0%)
During Conference - NO 0 (0%)
During Conference - NO 0 (0%)
4 291 (41%)
PLA 2008, Minneapolis 3/25-3/28/08 0 (0%)
After Conference - YES 0 (0%)
After Conference - YES 0 (0%)
After Conference - NO 0 (0%)
After Conference - NO 0 (0%)
 
12. How many hours did you spend viewing the exhibits?
0 8 (1%)
2 or less 158 (22%)
3 to 4 305 (42%)
5 to 6 164 (22%)
7 to 8 42 (5%)
More than 8 38 (5%)
 
13. If you spent relatively little or no time in the exhibit hall, please tell us why:
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14. Which of the following best describes how you benefit from the TLA exhibits?
I purchase goods and services in the exhibit hall. 257 (14%)
I compare products and decide later. 239 (13%)
I take home information about products and services. 488 (27%)
I take home samples and promotional items. 366 (20%)
I learn about new products. 421 (23%)
I do not attend the exhibits. 9 (0%)
 
15. Which statement is the most applicable to your situation?
I had more money to spend in the exhibit hall than last year. 43 (6%)
Too Few 0 (0%)
Just Right 0 (0%)
I had less money to spend in the exhibit hall than last year. 199 (30%)
I had the same amount of money to spend in the exhibit hall as last year. 403 (62%)
Too Many 0 (0%)
Too Many Simultaneously 0 (0%)
 
16. Did you find new companies to do business with from your visit to the exhibit hall?
Yes 444 (63%)
No 251 (36%)
 
17. What are the operating expenditures for your institution?
$500,000 or less 247 (34%)
$500,001 - $999,999 37 (5%)
$1M - $1.49M 15 (2%)
$1.5M - $1.99M 14 (1%)
$2M+ 30 (4%)
Don't know 268 (37%)
Not applicable 98 (13%)
 
18. Which topics would you like to see addressed at the next conference?
Yes 0 (0%)
Academic Collection Management 64 (1%)
Adult Collection Management 54 (0%)
No 0 (0%)
Adult Programming 78 (1%)
Advocacy/Outreach/Marketing 121 (2%)
Archives and Preservation 56 (0%)
Assessment/Outcomes 109 (1%)
Automation/IT/Technology 156 (2%)
Buildings/Renovation 52 (0%)
Censorship/Filtering 123 (2%)
Children's Collection Management 221 (3%)
Children's Programming 230 (4%)
Copyright/Plagiarism & the Public 177 (3%)
Cultural Diversity 126 (2%)
Curriculum Integration 250 (4%)
Customer Service 125 (2%)
Distance Learning 103 (1%)
Ethics 76 (1%)
Faculty/Teacher Collaboration 299 (5%)
English as a Second Language 85 (1%)
Financial Planning 30 (0%)
Flexible School Library Scheduling 142 (2%)
Friends/Boards/Volunteers 56 (0%)
Funding 87 (1%)
Future Trends for Libraries 315 (5%)
Grant Writing 176 (3%)
Information Literacy 193 (3%)
Laws & Legislation 53 (0%)
Leadership & Mentoring 87 (1%)
Library Instruction 300 (5%)
Management & Administration 106 (1%)
Networking & Collaboration 111 (1%)
Non-English Materials/Management 43 (0%)
Paraprofessional Issues 80 (1%)
Partnerships & Strategic Relationships 41 (0%)
Professional Development 177 (3%)
Publicity/Publishing 66 (1%)
Recruitment & Retention 23 (0%)
Reference Services 106 (1%)
Research Methods 179 (3%)
Security/Disaster Preparedness 33 (0%)
Services to the Disadvantaged 62 (1%)
Software 57 (1%)
Strategic Planning 59 (1%)
Technical Services 93 (1%)
Technology Integration 255 (4%)
Youth Services 229 (4%)
Other 29 (0%)
 
19. Of the above, which two topics are so relevant and timely that you would be willing to pay for a preconference? (Identify two)
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20. Please list any other specific topics or speakers that would interest you.
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21. Rate the following events:
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Contibuted Papers    41 (6%)       80 (12%)       10 (1%)       7 (1%)       518 (78%)   
Exhibits    312 (44%)       329 (46%)       40 (5%)       2 (0%)       19 (2%)   
General Sessions    254 (36%)       283 (40%)       60 (8%)       14 (2%)       83 (11%)   
Hands On Labs    69 (10%)       72 (10%)       16 (2%)       1 (0%)       499 (75%)   
Health Functions (Fun Run, Walking Tour)    37 (5%)       44 (6%)       14 (2%)       0 (0%)       562 (85%)   
Meal Functions    125 (18%)       208 (30%)       64 (9%)       8 (1%)       268 (39%)   
Preconferences    117 (17%)       113 (16%)       20 (3%)       2 (0%)       414 (62%)   
Programs/Seminars    253 (36%)       326 (47%)       40 (5%)       9 (1%)       56 (8%)   
Social Functions    128 (18%)       220 (32%)       38 (5%)       9 (1%)       286 (41%)   
 
22. Rate the following services:
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Advance Publicity    296 (43%)       321 (46%)       39 (5%)       4 (0%)       23 (3%)   
Aisle by Aisle Exhibitor Guide and Coupon Book    274 (40%)       253 (37%)       55 (8%)       7 (1%)       92 (13%)   
Authors Area    186 (27%)       249 (36%)       42 (6%)       4 (0%)       196 (28%)   
Conference Newsletter    163 (24%)       250 (38%)       39 (5%)       7 (1%)       198 (30%)   
Exhibits Directory and Buyers Guide    207 (31%)       301 (45%)       40 (6%)       1 (0%)       114 (17%)   
Internet Room    227 (34%)       183 (27%)       15 (2%)       4 (0%)       236 (35%)   
Onsite Registration    205 (30%)       114 (16%)       9 (1%)       1 (0%)       344 (51%)   
Placement Center    57 (8%)       66 (10%)       8 (1%)       3 (0%)       509 (79%)   
Pocket Program (Onsite)    443 (64%)       175 (25%)       17 (2%)       3 (0%)       46 (6%)   
Pre-Registration    461 (67%)       187 (27%)       10 (1%)       3 (0%)       23 (3%)   
Program (mailed prior to Conference)    421 (61%)       184 (27%)       8 (1%)       19 (2%)       49 (7%)   
Quick-Read-Guide to TLA Exhibitors    246 (37%)       213 (32%)       31 (4%)       3 (0%)       170 (25%)   
Technology Showcase    96 (14%)   
Signage    294 (43%)       298 (44%)   
Technology Showcase    152 (23%)       34 (5%)   
Signage    49 (7%)       16 (2%)   
Technology Showcase    0 (0%)       373 (56%)   
Signage    20 (2%)   
 
23. Rate each of the following logistics:
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Convention Center Facility    439 (63%)       221 (31%)       31 (4%)       3 (0%)       2 (0%)   
Convention Center Food & Beverage    105 (15%)       246 (35%)       145 (21%)       50 (7%)       141 (20%)   
Information Desks Service    269 (39%)       231 (33%)       17 (2%)       2 (0%)       163 (23%)   
Shuttle Bus Service    190 (27%)       105 (15%)       29 (4%)       23 (3%)       337 (49%)   
 
24. Rate your conference hotel
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Crockett Hotel    6 (2%)       8 (3%)       3 (1%)       0 (0%)       200 (92%)   
Grand Hyatt    73 (25%)       27 (9%)       2 (0%)       0 (0%)       183 (64%)   
Hilton Palacio del Rio    27 (11%)       12 (4%)       4 (1%)       2 (0%)       197 (81%)   
Homewood Suites Riverwalk    18 (8%)       3 (1%)       1 (0%)       0 (0%)       196 (89%)   
Hyatt Regency    33 (13%)       11 (4%)       0 (0%)       0 (0%)       193 (81%)   
La Quinta: Convention Center    36 (14%)       17 (6%)       5 (2%)       1 (0%)       188 (76%)   
Marriott Rivercenter    12 (5%)       4 (1%)       0 (0%)       0 (0%)       196 (92%)   
Marriott Riverwalk    27 (11%)       12 (5%)       1 (0%)       0 (0%)       198 (83%)   
Menger Hotel    29 (11%)       19 (7%)       9 (3%)       2 (0%)       189 (76%)   
Red Roof Inn Riverwalk    13 (5%)       12 (5%)       5 (2%)       1 (0%)       196 (86%)   
Sheraton Gunter    13 (5%)       12 (5%)       5 (2%)       2 (0%)       189 (85%)   
Westin Riverwalk Hotel    17 (7%)       8 (3%)       1 (0%)       0 (0%)       198 (88%)   
Other    55 (19%)       45 (16%)       11 (3%)       1 (0%)       167 (59%)   
 
25. If conference planners selected one book for all conference attendees to read before the next TLA annual conference, would you be interested in reading the book and participating in book discussions during the conference?
Yes 259 (36%)
No 107 (15%)
Maybe 332 (46%)
Does Not Apply 11 (1%)
 
26. Which of the following conferences do you PLAN to attend?
ACRL Conference 2011, Philadelphia: March 30 - April 2, 2011 13 (1%)
ALA Annual Conference 2010, Washington DC: June 24-30, 2010 51 (6%)
ALA Midwinter 2011, San Diego: January 7-12, 2011 27 (3%)
TCEA 2011, Austin 81 (10%)
TLA 2011, Austin: April 12-15, 2011 618 (78%)
 
27. Which of the following conferences DID you attend?
AASL 2009, Charlotte 16 (11%)
ALA Annual Conference 2009, Chicago 39 (28%)
ALA Midwinter 2010, Boston 18 (13%)
PLA 2010, Portland 18 (13%)
TCEA 2010, Austin 45 (33%)
 
28. What other conferences are you interested in attending?
155 (21%)
 
29. Did you submit a completed Session Preference Form indicating which meetings you planned to attend?
Yes 451 (63%)
No 255 (36%)
 
30. If not, why not?
194 (26%)
 
31. The selection of programs to attend was....
Too Few 59 (8%)
Just Right 339 (48%)
Too Many 14 (2%)
Too Many Simultaneously 284 (40%)
 
32. Do you have any ties to a potential general session speaker whom you think your colleagues would like to hear?
Yes 15 (2%)
No 665 (97%)
 
33. If yes, please identify their names and your contact information.
20 (2%)
 
34. When did you review the online speaker handouts?
Prior to coming to Conference 283 (40%)
During Conference 124 (17%)
After Conference 300 (42%)
 
35. 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
410 (56%)