TLACast Newsletter
2017 Annual Conference
Cory Doctorow Announced as Opening General Session Speaker

New York Times bestselling author and former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Cory Doctorow will deliver the opening General Session on Thursday, April 20 from 8:15 to 9:45am at the 2017 TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio. Among his achievements, Doctorow is the activist-in-residence for the MIT Media Lab, a visiting professor of computer science at Open University, a science fiction author, activist, and journalist.

In 1998, the US Congress made protecting digital rights management (DRM) the law of the land, passing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and making it a felony to break a digital lock. Fast forward 20 years and DRM technology is not just an agony for librarians, it's a way for manufacturers to control their users in devices ranging from insulin pumps to tractors, and from cars to voting machines. Co-editor of Boing Boing and author of Walkaway, Doctorow will delve into technological liberation and offer insight about defending your rights in the digital world.

Tickets Still Available for Author Sessions
Whether or not you are already registered, you can always edit your registration and add ticketed functions to your registration prior to Friday, April 7. TLA meal functions and preconferences are not limited to conference attendees. Librarians unable to attend the conference, library friends, and general public are invited to attend without paying conference registration fees. Ticket prices are listed on the online registration form.
March 2017
Volume. 36 No. 2
Opening Author Session | 12:15 – 1:30 pm | Grand Hyatt Hotel
We are pleased to announce that Helen Ellis will join Greg Iles and Adriana Trigiani at the Opening Author Session. Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat and American Housewife: Stories. She is also a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. These acclaimed authors each create fascinating stories that immerse readers in the culture, history, and characters that make each unique. Join us as they discuss their recent works and inspiration.

Evening with the Authors | 6:30 – 9:30 pm | La Orilla del Rio
TLA and the Texas Book Festival invite you to join us Thursday, April 20 at 6pm for Evening with the Authors, a celebration of literature and libraries. Enjoy a delightful dinner in the treasured La Orilla building, meet authors from a variety of genres, and hear them read from their latest works. A book signing follows the event. Featured Authors: Nickolas Butler, Jennifer McMahon, Sara Paretsky, Ruta Sepetys, and Amanda Eyre Ward.
Closing Author Session | 11:45 am – 1:15 pm | Grand Hyatt Hotel
Journey to thrilling new worlds with Veronica Roth, the New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series. Her new book, Carve the Mark, is the first in a highly-anticipated duology that promise to take readers by storm.

Saturday, April 22
3D Printer Giveaway
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Thursday, April 20
Attendees at the 2017 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio will be eligible to win a Powered Up Prize Pack that includes a FREE 3D Printer courtesy of PolyPrinter. The prize package, valued at $5,000, includes: PolyPrinter 229, Owner's Kit, filament nozzles, staff training, shipping, and warranty services.

Enter to win by visiting the Powered Libraries Information Kiosk in the conference registration area. Entries will be limited to 2017 TLA Annual Conference attendees that pledge to participate in Power Up Week, October 1-7, 2017. The winner will be annouced during General Session III on Saturday, April 22. Good luck!

Start Planning and Download the Mobile App

It's never too early to start planning your conference schedule. The conference mobile app is available for iPad and iPhone through the Apple App Store and Android devices through Google Play. This application enables attendees with a web-enabled phone or other mobile device to access their schedules while on the go, and receive real-time updates to sessions and author events. It will also offer Twitter, exhibitor information, show documents, and speaker content. You can also access conference mobile app information from your desktop computer or other devices here.

If you are a current TLA Member, use the same email and password you use to login to Members Only to access the app. If you are not a current TLA Member, use the same email and password you created during the registration process.