TLA News
Visit TLA at #ALAMW17
If you are going to ALA Midwinter in Atlanta (January 20-24, 2017), visit the TLA booth #1102 in the Exhibit Hall. Pick up a Texans Love Libraries button, enter our raffle to win a free conference registration with the Aisle-by-Aisle guide entry coupon (#1102), purchase the TLA Coloring Book benefiting the TLA Disaster Relief Fund and learn about TLA's reading lists and continuing education opportunities such as the
TLACast Newsletter
Volume 35 No. 7 | December 2016
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Check out our corporate members!

The candidates' official complete bios and statements of concern are found on the TLA 2017 Election page in the members' only area of The election will open on February 16. To be eligible to vote, members must be current 2017 TLA members by February 1. Renew your membership today!
Executive Leadership Immersion open to librarians around the nation. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer at #ALAMW17
If you are attending the conference and would be willing to volunteer an hour of your time to help work the booth, it would be most appreciated! Exhibit hours are Friday, January 20 from 5:30 to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22 from 9am to 5pm; and Monday, January 23 from 9am to 2pm.
Please contact Pat Smith, to reserve a time to volunteer.
Carlyn Gray – Retired, Director of Library & Media Services Round Rock ISD

Jennifer LaBoon – Coordinator, Library Technology, Fort Worth ISD
Ed Melton – Library Director, Harris County Public Library

Roosevelt Weeks – Deputy Director of Administration & Chief of Staff, Houston Public Library
Marty Rossi – Project Manager, Digital Resources & Library Services, ESC Region 20

Laura Sheneman – Coordinator of Library Services & Instructional Resources, ESC Region One
Dan Burgard – Executive Director, Library and Information Services, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Michelle Malizia – Director of Library Services for the Health Sciences, University of Houston
Meet the 2017 Executive Board Candidates
In February, Texas Library Association (TLA) members will elect four individuals to the Executive Board which serves as the central management board for the association, and recommends policy, budget and operating policies to the Council.

Get to know your fellow TLA members who have agreed to volunteer their time to serve in these essential leadership positions. They all bring great expertise and passion to the profession, and to our association.

TLA Awards Nominations Deadline January 15
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 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 through January 15. For more information on all of the awards, previous winners, and to preview the nomination forms, visit

More Awards, Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends
Branding Iron Awards: Be sure to apply for TLA's Branding Iron Awards. With multiple categories, make sure you and your staff are being recognized for all the good work you are doing promoting your library and its services! Deadline for entries is February 15.

TLA Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends
Submit your applications for scholarships, grants, and conference stipends to be awarded in the spring of 2017. To apply for any TLA scholarship, grant, or stipend, applicants will need to complete the online application found on the TLA website. Applicants must be TLA members to apply. Scholarship applicants must also be accepted as a graduate student at a Texas ALA-Accredited Library Program.

Unit Awards, Division (CULD, PLD, TASL) and Stipends
Numerous unit awards and stipends are also available. Information is provided at the TLA awards website.

Nominate someone today.
Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Voting opens January 1
TBA voting takes place anytime during the month of January. Remember, votes must be submitted by midnight on January 31, so allow enough time for two-day registration process. For more information and TBA resources, visit the TBA WordPress page and the TBA Voting page. As January approaches, don't forget to order your TBA supplies – bookmarks (standard and stretchy), spine labels, gold seals, and certificates – from the TBA store.

Thank you for Your Support!
Thank you to everyone who donated to TLA on #GivingTuesday November 29. This was the first year that we participated in the global day of giving, and our generous supporters donated a total of $1350 to the Fund for Excellence in Libraries and Learning, and other TLA funds.

If you are looking for another way to support TLA, consider doing your online holiday shopping at AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the same products, same prices, and same service. Select TLA as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to TLA.

Thank you for all you do to support libraries now and into the future!