Open Libraries and a Fabulous Open Conference
TLACast Newsletter

Volume 35 No. 3 | May 2016
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401 | Austin, Texas 78746-6763
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While the infamous Texas weather certainly made a strong appearance before the start of conference, stalwart TLA members – ready for days of top CE – joined ranks to participate in the annual TLA conference. LeVar Burton, Scott McClelland (stepping in for Al Roker), and Dav Pilkey delivered fantastic general sessions.

TLA members filled social media with their reviews of the event:
We thank our TLA 2016 Conference sponsors and exhibitors for their vital part. Their contributions enrich our conference in many ways. We could not offer all the travel stipends, awards, prizes, refreshments, meals, entertainment, speakers, audio visual, and overall quality and content of the conference without them. Be sure to personally thank your local representative when you next visit with them.

We also thank all attendees, presenters, and authors for making the TLA conference such a huge success. We also give a big shout out to the many volunteers and the library community for making the 2016 conference a success!! See you next year in San Antonio!
Post-Conference Information

Post-Conference Survey: We want to hear about your conference experience! TLA values your feedback on the 2016 annual Conference. A detailed survey about the event may be found on the mobile app under "Survey" near the bottom of the main menu, or you can also find it at this link: Post Conference Survey.

Continuing Education Credits: TLA staff are currently processing attendance records for the conference. Certificates for Continuing Education credit are now available. See the instructions for printing or log in directly to the Conference Continuing Education Credit Form.

Conference Program & Session Handouts: While some speakers did not provide handouts for their sessions, many did. These materials may be found on the conference mobile app, including the web version. You may find them under “Speakers" (by speaker's last name), under “Session" (by date and time), or under “Handouts" (by event number). More information about the mobile app (log in instructions, etc.) may be found on the TLA Conference FAQ at left.

Lost & Found: To check on lost articles from the conference, please contact TLA by email ( or phone (800-580-2852). You may want to also contact your hotel directly if the item may have been lost there.

Contacting 2016 Exhibitors: To follow up with TLA 2016 exhibitors, be sure to use the online Buyers Guide. TLA 2016 exhibitors will be available on the Buyers Guide until mid-June.

2017 TLA Conference Housing Reservations: Reservations are already available for next year's Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio (Wednesday, April 19 - Saturday, April 22, 2017). Visit the OnPeak service online or call 800-243-1205.
"I had TONS OF FUN!!!!! Thank you for hosting a wonderful conference and thank you Tocker Foundation" — Octavio D.

" I keep telling people that singing the Reading Rainbow song WITH LeVar Burton live wasn't on my bucket list, but it should have been. Now I can check it off!" — Elizabeth P.

" [What I liked most was] connecting with colleagues from across the state, knowing that for a few days I'm surrounded by people that live what I do." — Cheryl M.

" There were so many great things! Thank you for all of the hard work that so many people put into making this THE BEST conference!" — Kirsten M.
TLA 2016 Grand Prize Winners

We congratulate our TLA 2016 Member Grand Prize winners who won a combined value of over $7,500 worth of fantastic prizes! Cherie Robinson, Jackson County Memorial Library in Edna, Texas, won the Mobile Shelf provided by Brodart. Karen Perryman, Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas, won the Palmieri Bloom provided by Library Interiors of Texas.
2017 Coloring Book

Pre-orders for the amazing new TLA coloring books will start at Annual Assembly. Famous illustrators from around the country are donating their talent to create a stunning visual playscape for librarians. This coloring book will serve as a fundraiser for TLA's Disaster Relief Fund.