TLACast Newsletter
2017 Conference Recap
We Owned Our Profession!

Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2017 TLA Annual Conference a tremendous success! More than 7,000 registrants participated in four days of learning, networking, and fun.

Here's what a few attendees had to say:
May 2017
Volume. 36 No. 3
“Everything really is bigger in Texas! We learned so much in our short visit. These lessons will influence our daily work and our planning for our own conference." New York school librarians (read the complete letter)

“The conference was great and Cory Doctorow's general session speech was excellent!"

“The exquisite authors that spoke were wonderful and made the TLA conference a highlight of my year – relighting my enthusiasm for library services and reminding us all why what we do is so important."

"Overall the presenters are amazing! Thank you for your efforts to elevate the profession."
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The winner of the Powered Up Prize Pack, valued at $5,000, sponsored by PolyPrinter was Stephanie Biggs of Milam Elementary, Wichita Falls ISD.

Powered Libraries at TXLA17
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Power Up at Your Library Week Pledge in San Antonio. The Powered Libraries Year One Report was distributed at the 2017 Annual Conference. The report covers the time period of April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017 and offers an overview of the campaign's first year with a focus on stories, analytics, and a look at this year's goals and activities. You can view and download the report here.

By the end of conference, over 325 people pledged their participation via social media, using the #poweredlibraries hashtag, endorsing their support and involvement in Power Up at Your Library Week, October 1-7, 2017. Thousands of librarians were among the first to see video spotlights on three libraries (Austin Community College, San Antonio's Bibliotech, and the Austin Public Library). This summer, the campaign will hit the road and tour Texas libraries to compile additional stories from Texas libraries.

Post-Conference Information
Access program and session handouts are on the conference mobile app (or the web version) under “Sessions" in each program entry following the list of speakers. Handouts will be added to the app as speakers submit them.

Continuing Education Certificates are available for attendees to print at their convenience. Printing instructions are found on the conference website, or log in to the Conference Continuing Education Credit Form to access the forms.

If you are looking for a lost article from conference, please email TLA or call 800.580.2852. To follow-up with TLA 2017 exhibitors, visit the online Buyers Guide. Check out TXLA17 highlights in our Facebook album, and share and tag these moments with your colleagues and friends.

2018 TLA Annual Conference
Perfecting your game is a win for your community! Mark your calendar for next year's conference, April 10 – 13 in Dallas. Housing reservations are already available via OnPeak. The deadline for program submissions is June 30. To propose a program, use the online form or contact the chair of the appropriate TLA division or round table.
We must thank our 2017 Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors for their support which enriches the event experience. In addition to helping fund travel stipends, awards, prizes, refreshments, meals, and entertainment, they contribute to the overall quality, content, and experience of the conference.

We also thank all attendees, presenters, and authors for making the TLA Conference a success. Lastly, we must give a big shout out and thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and the library community for their hard work. See you next year in Dallas!

Post-Conference Survey
TLA values your feedback on the 2017 Annual Conference. We use your input to assist in planning next year's conference. Please complete the online survey by June 2.
Congratulations to our Prize Winners!
The New Braunfels Public Library is the lucky winner of the TLA 2017 Member Grand Prize, a Performance Curved Mobile Shelving Unit by Brodart. Kyla Schooling of Grand Prairie ISD and Elizabeth Gross of Sam Houston State University were the winners of the Coloring Book Prizes valued at $250 presented by Living Language.