TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
The Search is On!

Since Pat Smith announced her retirement effective June 30 after 30 years of leadership, the TLA Executive Board has been working on a process to ensure that the best possible person is found to step into this essential role.

The position has been posted on TLA's Jobline and will also be posted on other industry sites including the Texas Society of Association Executives, American Society of Association Executives career centers, and ALA job list. Résumés will be accepted through March 6.

The search committee, chaired by President Walter Betts will include Ling Hwey Jeng (TLA president-elect), Susan Mann (TLA past president), Sharon Amastae (TLA president 2014-2015), Yvonne Chandler (TLA president 2013-2014), Dana Rooks (TLA president 2004-2005), and Gloria Meraz (former TLA director of communications). This committee will review the initial applications and select candidates to advance to Phase I of the process which will be evaluated by a focus group representing the TLA divisions, districts, and Executive Board.

Focus group evaluations are due April 10 and the search committee will meet and invite the top candidates to participate in Phase II, face-to-face interviews. Candidates will be interviewed in San Antonio on the day preceding the start of Annual Conference. The committee will recommend a finalist to the Executive Board, and after conference, negotiations will begin with the goal of signing the contract with the new executive director in mid-May, and a start date of mid-June. This allows for some overlap with the current executive director for orientation.

NEW Branding Iron Award Category

The TLA Branding Iron Awards now feature a new category to offer a Power Up Award for the outstanding programs, promotions, outreach, and services incorporating the Powered Libraries/Power Up at Your Library campaign. This new award will be given to a library that participated in our first-ever Power Up Day, held on September 15, 2016.

The deadline to apply for the Branding Iron Award is February 15. Awards are presented in each category, with one Best of Show prize announced at the TLA Annual Conference. Visit for more information.

February 2017
Volume. 36 No. 1
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401 | Austin, Texas 78746-6763
Phone: 512.328.1518 or 800.580.2852 | Email:

Loading the player...
Announcing Power Up Week | October 1-7, 2017

Join the Powered Libraries campaign in celebrating Power Up Week October 1-7, 2017, a week where libraries across the state will showcase innovation and dynamic leadership. Last year to great success, hundreds of libraries from around the state took part in Power Up at Your Library Day on September 15.

Participants organized events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. Thanks to last year's positive feedback, we are expanding the Powered Up celebration to encompass an entire week. Save the date and start making plans now to incorporate Powered Up programs this October.

Help us demonstrate the campaign's key messages:
  • Libraries are essential to the creation and sharing of ideas in the community
  • Libraries are forward-thinking, technology-driven institutions, more vital today than ever before
  • What libraries do reflects a truly diverse field of information work, representative of the variety and scaope of libraries in the state.
Receive the most up to date campaign news through Facebook, Twitter (#poweredlibraries and @poweredlibrary), and

Corporate Members

We thank our corporate members for their investment in TLA and Texas libraries. See some examples of initiatives facilitated through our corporate partnerships that are making a large contribution to Texas libraries.