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TLA Welcomes New Director of Communications
The Texas Library Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that Wendy Woodland has been named Director of Communications effective October 17, 2016.

“Wendy's strong background in non-profit communication strategy and advocacy will be a great asset to TLA and our work to support our members and Texas libraries," said Patricia Smith, TLA Executive Director. “She is a great addition to our team."

Woodland is a non-profit professional with extensive experience in strategic communications, advocacy, and public relations. She joins TLA from the Texas Restaurant Association where she led the association's communications, public relations, and marketing initiatives for almost 12 years. Her non-profit experience also includes the South Carolina-based National Golf Course Owners Association and the Washington, DC-based Information Industry Association. Woodland also worked on Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini's staff as communications aide.
TLACast Newsletter
Volume 35 No. 6 | October 2016
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Call for Texas Library Journal Indexer
TLA is looking for an experienced indexer for the quarterly publication of the Texas Library Journal. The TLJ indexer will put together indexes for users or readers to find the information they need easily; the indexer will dedicate approximate a couple hours each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) to index the publication.

If you are interested, please send an email with your experience to Sara Ortiz (

Librarian of the Year Award: Recognizes extraordinary leadership or service within the library community within the past 12-18 months.

Distinguished Service Award: Recognizes outstanding and continuing service in one or more areas of the library profession.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes an exemplary career in librarianship.

Outstanding Services to Libraries Award: Given to an individual or to an organization in recognition of outstanding lay advocacy.

Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year Award: Recognizes a project that exemplifies the highest levels of achievement, professional standards, and inspiration to other libraries.

Libraries Change Communities Award: Given to a collaborative community effort that recognizes positive achievements and promotes outstanding library-based initiatives in Texas.

Benefactor(s) Award: Recognizes substantial donations.

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In accordance with TLA Bylaws and Standing Rules, written petitions signed by twenty-five (25) members may be submitted to TLA Nominating Committee for any office. Such petitions should be accompanied by the nominee's written acceptance of the nomination, vita, photograph, and statement of concern no later than December 1.
“I am thrilled with this opportunity to leverage my communications and advocacy experience with an organization that seeks to support the delivery of the best possible library and educational services to Texans," Woodland stated. “I look forward to working with the TLA team and members."


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Ed Melton – Harris County Public Library Roosevelt Weeks – Houston Public Library

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Laura Sheneman – ESC Region 1

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TLA 2017 Slate: Executive Board Candidates
The Nominating Committee has announced the following candidates for the 2017 election. Thank you to these outstanding individuals for their willingness to serve the association in such an important manner.

The election will open on February 16. To be eligible to vote, members must be current 2017 members by February 1, 2017. The 2017 slate is as follows:

Nominate a Deserving Candidate: TLA Award Nominations are Open!
Each year, TLA honors individuals, libraries, supporters, and projects with the TLA Awards; and the association depends on its membership to identify worthy candidates. Chances are you have someone in your library system or in your life that you always say deserves an award for the work that they're doing, the projects or programs they're leading, or the support that they're giving in their community.

Nominations are open from September 15th through January 15th. For more information on all of the awards, previous winners, and to preview the nomination forms head to

Visit the TLA website for information about association-wide awards (below) and unit-level award.
TALL Texans Applications are Open
Application forms for the 2017 TALL Texans Institute are open as of October 1 and must be submitted by January 27. This seminar, which trains 24 librarians from all types of libraries on advanced leadership and management techniques, will be held July 16-20 at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, TX.

Participants will study with former ALA president and nationally-recognized leadership consultant Maureen Sullivan as well as Jack Siggins, former director at George Washington University Library, and six mentors drawn from the Texas library community. Topics include strategic planning, advocacy, team-building and coaching, conflict negotiation, risk-taking, diversity and inclusion, career planning, and more.

Complete the application and instructions by January 27.