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Leadership Programs
2017 TALL Texans

The 24th annual Texas Accelerated Library Leaders seminar, better known as the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute, was held at the Montserrat Retreat Center July 16-20. This program brings 24 competitively-selected members of the Texas library community together for four days of intensive leadership training, covering topics like strategic planning, risk-taking, power and influence, diversity and inclusion, and a wide variety of communication skills from coaching to community advocacy. Participants are drawn from all types of libraries. Nationally-known consultant Maureen Sullivan and her husband Jack Siggins, retired librarian from George Washington University, are the primary instructors, along with six mentors drawn from the top levels of library administration. 2017 mentors were Roosevelt Weeks, Houston Public Library; Jennifer LaBoon, Fort Worth ISD; April Kessler, Bizlogie, Inc.; Diane Graves, Trinity University; Nicole Cruz, Sharyland ISD; and Janet Bickel-Burton, Texas Woman's University. Congratulations to this year's TALL Texans!

TALL Texans Class of 2017
August 2017
Volume. 36 No. 5
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Katherine Adelberg, Library Development, Texas State Library, Austin
Yolanda Botello, Youth Services, Mansfield Public Library
Rory Elliott, Collections Merchandising, Texas State University, San Marcos
Jacob Galindo, Library Instruction, University of Texas El Paso
Allyssa Guzman, Digital Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin
Chad Hetterley, Technical Services, Desoto Public Library
Claire Hogg, Central High School, San Angelo ISD
Janna Hoglund, Octavia Fields Branch, Harris County Public Library, Humble
Jennifer Jimenez, Reference, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
Linda Kay, Ridgeview Middle School, Round Rock ISD
Bethni King, Children's Services, Georgetown Public Library
Laura Magana, Richland High School, Birdville ISD, North Richland Hills
Maurine Nichols, Technical Services, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Elizabeth Ponder, Instruction & Information Services, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall
Sara Pope, Children's Services, Houston Public Library
Danny Ramos, Padron Elementary School, Austin ISD
Alexia Riggs, Dean of Libraries, Howard Payne University, Brownwood
Lorraine Roussin, Judson High School, Judson ISD, Converse
Mellissa Sanchez, Highlands Elementary School, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land
Joanna Stone, Parr Library, Plano Public Libraries
Valerie Tagoe, Wilson High School, Dallas ISD
Theresa Tongio Holden, Director, Palestine Public Library
Beth Vizzini, Circulation, West Texas A&M University, Canyon
Hillary Volkmann, Black Elementary School, Aldine ISD, Houston
Ian Barba
Sherra Bowers
Suzanne Byke
Ruth Chiego
Laurie Covington
Jenny Flores
Julie Fuller
Jose Singleterry
Angelia Hall
Djuina Hammett
Elizabeth Hensley
Shelley Holley
Megan Hopkins
Kate Horan
Elizabeth Howard
Kimberly L. Johnson
Susan Kaufman
Carolyn Manning
Brenda McClurkin
Lori Meek
Katie Musick
Mark Pumphrey

Kevin Schuck
Teresa Stover
Jeff Taylor
Kelly Visnak
The TLA TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute is sponsored in part by DEMCO and Midwest Tape.

Executive Leadership Immersion

The Texas Library Association hosted the Executive Leadership Immersion, led by Dr. Julie Todaro, on July 30 – August 3 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort. This program enhances the particular skill sets needed by top library directors and administrators in all types of institutions.

The 2017 seminar focused on innovation, risk-taking, and persuasion, as well as development of real-world projects from the participants' libraries. A dozen veteran leaders from academic, public, and school libraries addressed the class on topics ranging from staff realignment and materials reorganization, to advocacy and culture change. This year's participants were:

Texas Tech University
Texas Library Association
University of Texas at Arlington
San Antonio Public Library
Houston Public Library
Lubbock ISD, Estacado High School
Lubbock ISD, Hardwick Elementary and Bowie Elementary
Pharr Memorial Library
Johnson San Antonio ISD
Houston Public Library
Aldine ISD, Aldine Education Center
Frisco Public Library
Fort Bend County Libraries, Sienna Branch Library
McAllen Public Library
Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Woman's University
Houston Public Library, Clayton Library Center
Wimberley Village Library
University of Texas at Arlington
Magnolia ISD, Willie E Williams Elementary
Peery University of Texas at Arlington
El Paso Public Library
University of Texas at Arlington
Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Fort Bend County Libraries, Sugar Land Branch
University of Texas at Arlington
The TLA Executive Leadership Immersion is sponsored in part by DEMCO, Learning Express, and the Tocker Foundation.

Leadership Launchpad: A New Program for Beginning Librarians

The Texas Library Association will roll out the newest addition to library leadership training in Texas - Leadership Launchpad. One day seminars are being planned around the dates of TLA District meetings. These events, aimed at new librarians with less than 5 years of professional experience, will cover introductory topics such as types of leadership, assessing personal leadership style, crucial communication skills, influencing, and planning for personal leadership development. Dates and locations to be announced soon!