TLA Annual Conference Evaluation


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Total number of respondents: 778
 
1. Select your top five reasons for attending the TLA Conference.
Professional education and growth 742 (21%)
Tours of other libraries 18 (0%)
Attending exhibits by library related companies 531 (15%)
Networking with colleagues 603 (17%)
Seeking employment 23 (0%)
Seeking employees 1 (0%)
Volunteering for my professional association 104 (3%)
Leadership role within the organization 134 (3%)
Professional Visibility 284 (8%)
Program Presenter 171 (5%)
Books and Authors 551 (16%)
Convenient location 190 (5%)
Other 35 (1%)
 
2. If other, please elaborate:
46 (5%)
 
3. Did a single topic or speaker attract you to this conference?
Yes 112 (14%)
No 644 (85%)
 
4. If yes, please identify.
117 (15%)
 
5. Rate the overall conference as to the value it had for you.
Excellent 442 (57%)
Good 287 (37%)
Fair 35 (4%)
Poor 6 (0%)
 
6. Indicate the group/organization/institution you represent. (choose one)
Business Library 1 (0%)
Community College 29 (3%)
Elementary School 182 (23%)
High School 113 (14%)
Law Library 1 (0%)
Library School (faculty) 13 (1%)
Library Vendor 2 (0%)
Medical Library 3 (0%)
Middle School 110 (14%)
Network/Consortium 1 (0%)
Other Special Library 12 (1%)
Private K-12 School 17 (2%)
Public Library 191 (24%)
Student of Library Science 18 (2%)
Trustee/Friend 3 (0%)
University 41 (5%)
Other 35 (4%)
 
7. Indicate the area that best describes your position/area of responsibility. (Choose one)
Acquisitions/Collections 10 (1%)
Administration 43 (5%)
Adult Programming 11 (1%)
Archives/Preservation 5 (0%)
Branch/Department Supervisor 18 (2%)
Business/Financial Oversight/Facilities 0 (0%)
Cataloging 8 (1%)
Children's/Young Adult Services 64 (8%)
Circulation 7 (0%)
Community/PR/Marketing/Fundraising 4 (0%)
Electronic Resources 2 (0%)
Information Literacy 9 (1%)
Interlibrary Loan 3 (0%)
Library Director/Assistant Director 91 (11%)
Outreach/Community/Literacy 4 (0%)
Reference 31 (4%)
School Administrator 7 (0%)
School Librarian 395 (51%)
Technology/Automation/Web 8 (1%)
Training/Instruction 7 (0%)
Other 42 (5%)
 
8. Indicate the answer that best reflects your situation at this TLA conference. (choose one)
My employer paid all of my expenses 383 (49%)
My employer paid part of my expenses 281 (36%)
I paid all of my expenses 90 (11%)
Other 16 (2%)
 
9. Did your organizational support (travel/budget/funding) change from the previous year?
Increased 99 (12%)
Decreased 110 (14%)
Stayed the same 454 (59%)
First time to attend 99 (12%)
 
10. Do you anticipate that your employer will give you organizational support to attend the 2018 TLA Annual Conference (Dallas)?
Yes 447 (58%)
No 100 (13%)
Don't Know 220 (28%)
 
11. Including this conference, how many times have you attended a TLA Conference?
My first 126 (16%)
2-3 163 (21%)
4-9 269 (34%)
10 or more 212 (27%)
 
12. How many days did you attend the TLA Conference?
1 23 (3%)
2 54 (7%)
3 229 (30%)
4 453 (59%)
 
13. How many hours did you spend viewing the exhibits?
0 13 (1%)
2 or less 193 (25%)
3 to 4 295 (38%)
5 to 6 179 (23%)
7 to 8 57 (7%)
More than 8 33 (4%)
 
14. If you spent relatively little or no time in the exhibit hall, please tell us why:
224 (28%)
 
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. 291 (12%)
I compare products and decide later. 336 (14%)
I take home information about products and services. 591 (25%)
I take home samples and promotional items. 508 (22%)
I learn about new products. 549 (23%)
I do not attend the exhibits. 23 (1%)
 
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. 41 (5%)
I had less money to spend in the exhibit hall than last year. 156 (21%)
I had the same amount of money to spend in the exhibit hall as last year. 513 (72%)
 
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. 59 (8%)
I will have less money to spend in the exhibit hall next year. 112 (15%)
I will have approximately the same amount to spend in the exhibit hall next year. 556 (76%)
 
18. Which topics would you like to see addressed at the next conference?
Academic Collection Management 46 (0%)
Adult Collection Management 65 (0%)
Adult Programming 133 (1%)
Advocacy/Outreach/Marketing 188 (2%)
Archives and Preservation 50 (0%)
Assessment/Outcomes 108 (1%)
Automation/IT/Technology 126 (1%)
Buildings/Renovation 95 (1%)
Censorship/Filtering 97 (1%)
Children's Collection Management 235 (3%)
Children's Programming 294 (4%)
Copyright/Plagiarism & the Public 137 (1%)
Cultural Diversity 170 (2%)
Curriculum Integration 242 (3%)
Customer Service 141 (2%)
Distance Learning 56 (0%)
E-Books / Digital Content 244 (3%)
English as a Second Language 105 (1%)
Ethics 77 (1%)
Faculty/Teacher Collaboration 299 (4%)
Financial Planning 48 (0%)
Flexible School Library Scheduling 176 (2%)
Friends/Boards/Volunteers 91 (1%)
Funding 83 (1%)
Future Trends for Libraries 385 (5%)
Grant Writing 204 (2%)
Information Literacy 229 (3%)
Laws & Legislation 61 (0%)
Leadership & Mentoring 137 (1%)
Library Instruction 338 (4%)
Management & Administration 129 (1%)
Medical Librarianship 16 (0%)
Networking & Collaboration 157 (2%)
Non-English Materials/Management 54 (0%)
Paraprofessional Issues 94 (1%)
Partnerships & Strategic Relationships 82 (1%)
Presentation and Teaching Skills 169 (2%)
Professional Development 219 (3%)
Publicity/Publishing 73 (1%)
RDA and related Cataloging Issues 33 (0%)
Recruitment & Retention 34 (0%)
Reference Services 92 (1%)
Research Methods 156 (2%)
Security/Disaster Preparedness 50 (0%)
Services to the Disadvantaged 77 (1%)
Software 44 (0%)
Strategic Planning 86 (1%)
Technical Services 72 (1%)
Technology Integration 300 (4%)
Youth Services 275 (4%)
 
19. Please list any other specific topics or speakers that would interest you.
198 (25%)
 
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)
370 (47%)
 
21. Rate the following events/activities:
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Preconferences    95 (13%)       94 (13%)       23 (3%)       7 (1%)       477 (68%)   
Tech Camp    77 (11%)       45 (6%)       17 (2%)       2 (0%)       538 (79%)   
Directors' Summit    24 (3%)       24 (3%)       6 (0%)       3 (0%)       584 (91%)   
Programs/Seminars    283 (41%)       242 (35%)       37 (5%)       3 (0%)       112 (16%)   
Big Ideas special programs    82 (12%)       87 (13%)       16 (2%)       4 (0%)       442 (70%)   
Hands On Labs    105 (16%)       74 (11%)       15 (2%)       5 (0%)       444 (69%)   
Pop Up Sessions    95 (14%)       97 (15%)       19 (2%)       7 (1%)       417 (65%)   
Great Ideas Poster Sessions    65 (10%)       72 (11%)       23 (3%)       6 (0%)       447 (72%)   
General Sessions    308 (44%)       197 (28%)       71 (10%)       17 (2%)       104 (14%)   
Book Cart Drill Team Competition    118 (18%)       96 (14%)       31 (4%)       14 (2%)       382 (59%)   
Exhibits    322 (45%)       302 (42%)       48 (6%)       7 (0%)       26 (3%)   
Exhibit Hall Functions (Exhibits Grand Opening, Authors Area, lounges)    370 (52%)       233 (33%)       37 (5%)       7 (1%)       53 (7%)   
Collaboration Space    121 (19%)       131 (21%)       27 (4%)       12 (1%)       332 (53%)   
Innovation Lab    133 (20%)       101 (15%)       33 (5%)       8 (1%)       367 (57%)   
Meal Functions (Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners)    181 (26%)       189 (27%)       51 (7%)       13 (1%)       243 (35%)   
Health Functions (Fun Run, Walking Tour, Cycling. Swimming)    44 (6%)       50 (7%)       18 (2%)       13 (2%)       507 (80%)   
Social Functions    161 (25%)       152 (23%)       41 (6%)       5 (0%)       283 (44%)   
Battledecks    66 (10%)       50 (7%)       18 (2%)       4 (0%)       503 (78%)   
Escape Room    78 (12%)       37 (5%)       12 (1%)       3 (0%)       504 (79%)   
 
22. Please rate the following new conference program features
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
New program track system    192 (29%)       183 (28%)       36 (5%)       7 (1%)       235 (35%)   
One-hour duration for all regular programs    392 (54%)       244 (34%)       38 (5%)       15 (2%)       26 (3%)   
More time for moving between programs    421 (59%)       219 (30%)       33 (4%)       16 (2%)       22 (3%)   
Moderated format for panel programs    303 (44%)       244 (35%)       41 (6%)       16 (2%)       78 (11%)   
Designated time slots for unit meetings    197 (29%)       182 (27%)       38 (5%)       16 (2%)       231 (34%)   
 
23. Rate the following services:
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Connection Corner (formerly known as the Internet Room)    126 (19%)       113 (17%)       17 (2%)       4 (0%)       398 (60%)   
Mobile App    290 (41%)       232 (32%)       74 (10%)       26 (3%)       85 (12%)   
Authors Area    241 (34%)       230 (33%)       29 (4%)       4 (0%)       185 (26%)   
Career Development Center (formerly known as Placement Center)    48 (7%)       39 (6%)       14 (2%)       4 (0%)       524 (83%)   
Bag Check service    91 (14%)       54 (8%)       14 (2%)       5 (0%)       475 (74%)   
Pre-Registration    425 (60%)       189 (26%)       24 (3%)       13 (1%)       56 (7%)   
Onsite Registration    145 (22%)       70 (10%)       18 (2%)       13 (2%)       395 (61%)   
Pocket Program (Onsite)    380 (56%)       183 (27%)       27 (4%)       4 (0%)       81 (12%)   
Program (mailed prior to conference) in winter Texas Library Journal    381 (55%)       210 (30%)       19 (2%)       3 (0%)       70 (10%)   
Guide to TLA Exhibits in spring Texas Library Journal    294 (44%)       231 (34%)       26 (3%)       3 (0%)       113 (16%)   
Social Media    290 (42%)       217 (31%)       46 (6%)       8 (1%)       118 (17%)   
 
24. Rate each of the following logistics:
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Convention Center Facility    470 (64%)       212 (29%)       36 (4%)       8 (1%)       2 (0%)   
Convention Center Food & Beverage    183 (25%)       253 (35%)       128 (18%)       35 (4%)       109 (15%)   
Information Desks Service    303 (43%)       231 (32%)       15 (2%)       9 (1%)       144 (20%)   
Shuttle Bus Service    133 (19%)       79 (11%)       12 (1%)       10 (1%)       444 (65%)   
Signage in Building    248 (34%)       269 (37%)       127 (17%)       56 (7%)       11 (1%)   
 
25. Rate your conference hotel
  Excellent     Good     Fair     Poor     Not Applicable  
Grand Hyatt San Antonio    139 (31%)       27 (6%)       2 (0%)       1 (0%)       271 (61%)   
Crockett Hotel    18 (5%)       11 (3%)       2 (0%)       2 (0%)       327 (90%)   
Hilton Palacio del Rio    28 (7%)       8 (2%)       3 (0%)       0 (0%)       330 (89%)   
Hotel Contessa    7 (2%)       1 (0%)       1 (0%)       0 (0%)       340 (97%)   
Hotel Indigo San Antonio at the Alamo    4 (1%)       1 (0%)       1 (0%)       0 (0%)       341 (98%)   
Hyatt Regency San Antonio    33 (8%)       20 (5%)       2 (0%)       0 (0%)       329 (85%)   
La Quinta Inn & Suites - Convention Center    53 (13%)       22 (5%)       5 (1%)       1 (0%)       314 (79%)   
Marriott Rivercenter    15 (4%)       6 (1%)       1 (0%)       2 (0%)       334 (93%)   
Marriott Riverwalk    36 (9%)       8 (2%)       3 (0%)       0 (0%)       334 (87%)   
Menger Hotel    45 (11%)       23 (5%)       3 (0%)       1 (0%)       314 (81%)   
Westin Riverwalk Hotel    13 (3%)       2 (0%)       2 (0%)       0 (0%)       335 (95%)   
Red Roof Plus San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk    7 (1%)       12 (3%)       15 (4%)       10 (2%)       317 (87%)   
 
26. Which of the following conferences did you attend in 2017?
ALA Midwinter Meeting 2017 (Jan 20-24) 10 (9%)
TCEA 2017 (Feb 6-10) 68 (67%)
SXSW.EDU 2017 (Mar 6-9) 9 (8%)
SXSW Interactive 2017 (Mar 10-16) 1 (0%)
ACRL 2017 (Mar 22-25) 10 (9%)
Computers in Libraries (Mar 28-30) 3 (2%)
 
27. Which of the following conferences do you PLAN to attend?
ALA Annual Conference 2017 (June 23-27) 42 (4%)
ISTE 2017 (June 25-28) 39 (4%)
TLA Annual Assembly 2017 (July 6-9) 112 (12%)
Internet Librarian 2017 (Oct 23-25) 10 (1%)
TCEA 2018 (Feb 5-9) 112 (12%)
ALA Midwinter Meeting 2018 (Feb 9-13) 12 (1%)
SXSW.EDU 2018 (Mar 5-8) 19 (2%)
SXSW Interactive 2018 (Mar 9-18) 7 (0%)
PLA 2018 (Mar 20-24) 49 (5%)
TLA 2018 (Apr 10-13) 511 (55%)
 
28. What other conferences are you interested in attending?
166 (21%)
 
29. Did you submit a completed Session Preference Form indicating which meetings you planned to attend?
Yes 302 (41%)
No 433 (58%)
 
30. If not, why not?
297 (38%)
 
31. The selection of programs to attend was....
Too Few 62 (8%)
Just Right 427 (58%)
Too Many 24 (3%)
Too Many Simultaneously 214 (29%)
 
32. Do you have any ties to a potential general session speaker whom you think your colleagues would like to hear?
Yes 25 (3%)
No 674 (96%)
 
33. If yes, please identify their names and your contact information.
26 (3%)
 
34. What topics would you like see in the Hands On Lab in 2018?
66 (8%)
 
35. When did you review the online speaker handouts on the Mobile App?
Prior to coming to Conference 212 (24%)
During Conference 384 (44%)
After Conference 267 (30%)
 
36. How do you get your TLA Annual Conference news and updates? (Please check all that apply)
Texas Library Journal 485 (21%)
TLACast online newsletter 139 (6%)
TLA Conference web page 334 (15%)
TLA email lists (committee, division, reading list, round table, TLC, etc.) 458 (20%)
Mobile App 319 (14%)
Facebook Event page 126 (5%)
Facebook (generally) 118 (5%)
Conference Newsletter 60 (2%)
Twitter 152 (6%)
Other Social Media 17 (0%)
 
37. How helpful were Social Media announcements in deciding which programs to attend? (Facebook, Twitter, conference email, etc.)
Very helpful 150 (20%)
Somewhat helpful 300 (41%)
Less helpful 59 (8%)
Not accurate 1 (0%)
Did not see any 212 (29%)
 
38. Should TLA continue offering uncontested time in exhibits for either the Welcome Party or the President's Celebration?
Yes 611 (92%)
No 52 (7%)
 
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
433 (55%)