TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
October 2017
Volume. 36 No. 6
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What a year this has been! From advocating for Texas libraries during the 85th Texas Legislative Session and the July Special Session, to overcoming the threat of a $0 budget for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Hurricane Harvey's devastation, Texas libraries faced challenges on a myriad of fronts. No matter what the challenge, however, TLA members came through in force to advocate for the essential services libraries provide to all Texans. The strength of your combined voiced helped protect state library funding, achieve in an increase in federal library funding, and provide hope and resources to libraries around the state impacted by the hurricane.

More than 7,000 librarians of all types gathered at the 2017 TLA Annual Conference to share information, learn from industry leaders, and be inspired by new ideas. Hundreds took advantage of extensive online continuing education opportunities, and networked with colleagues. Libraries around the state Powered Up and shared their unique programming with communities.
Assisting a Friend of TLA

Shawn Brumley, past chair of the Exhibitor Round Table and a long term exhibitor representative of Bibliotheca (formerly 3M) had a serious accident in March, 2017 which resulted in a traumatic brain injury. While he continues to make great progress and looks forward to working again, recovery is long, challenging, and expensive. His family established a GoFundMe page to assist with expenses. We all send well-wishes to Shawn and look forward to his return.

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.
90 Cities Power Up Across Texas

Thanks to all of the libraries across Texas that participated in Power Up at Your Library Week, October 1- 7. TLA praises the outstanding contributions of Texas librarians. From the panhandle to the port and everywhere in between, 90 Texas cities offered approximately 300 programs and media events designed to broaden the awareness of library services in public, academic, and school libraries.

Get inspired by following the #poweredlibraries hashtag, visiting the Ideas Shared page, downloading the Power Up Toolkit, or by watching video vignettes showcasing dynamic programing and special collections from around the state.

Join TLA at the Texas Book Festival November 4 & 5 | Austin

Over 280 authors are scheduled to appear at the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival November 4 and 5 in and around the Capitol grounds. Show your library love at the TLA Booth #313 all weekend long! Pick up the latest Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, pin on a Texans Love Libraries button, get the complete all ages TLA reading lists, and DONATE to libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

While you're marking your calendar, make plans to celebrate with TLA at these special events:

Nov. 4 | 10:00–10:30 am | Texas Tent, Congress & 8th St.
New Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Announced

Nov. 4 | 7:30–8:30 pm | Flat Track Coffee, 1619 E. Cesar Chavez
Lit Crawl Event: Cuba Libro featuring Margarita Engle and Emma Otheguy
Volunteer with TLA at the ALA Annual Midwinter Booth | Denver, CO

TLA is exhibiting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver (February 9 – 13). If you are attending the event and are interested in volunteering your time at the TLA booth, please contact Sara Ortiz ( to reserve a volunteer block.

Exhibit Hall Schedule:
Greetings from our New Executive Director

Hello and thank you for the welcome! It's a tremendous pleasure to be a new Texas resident and serve as your TLA executive director. During my first week I had the opportunity to attend the District 3 and District 9 Fall Meetings and it was wonderful to experience first-hand the excitement and commitment members have for libraries across the state.

I look forward to meeting more members in the coming months, and supporting the great work that you do, and of course, I'll see you all at the TLA Annual Conference, April 3 – 6 in Dallas!

Dana Braccia
None of this would happen without our members. Please renew your membership today. We look forward to a fantastic 2018!

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TLA Executive Board and Council Actions

The TLA Executive Board met twice during the 2017 TLA Annual Conference the week of April 19-22, 2017, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.
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The Executive Board met twice during the 2017 TLA Annual Assembly the week of July 6-9, 2017, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.
The TLA Council met twice during the 2017 Annual Assembly during the week of July 6-9, 2017, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.
Accepted the audit report as presented.
Accepted the report of the TBA Coordinator outlining accomplishments for the past year and goals for the next year.
Moved that the TLA Executive Board deny a request to receive a copy of the TLA recording of the Book Cart Drill Team Competition.
Moved that a policy be proposed that addresses the issue of the sharing of recordings.
Approved the motion for Joe Jack of Dunagan and Jack, LLP, to be engaged for the 2017 TLA annual audit and federal tax return.
Approved a motion that the audit requirement in Article X of the TLA Bylaws will be satisfied in full by an outside financial review performed by the TLA Treasurer Edward Melton in cooperation with TLA Director of Administration Sherra Bowers, CPA.
The Executive Board met by conference call on August 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to approve the appointment of Dana Braccia as TLA's new executive director pending the successful outcome of background checks and negotiations.

The TLA Council met twice during the 2017 Annual Conference during the week of April 19-22, 2017, and the following actions were taken. Copies of the full minutes may be requested from the TLA office.
Approved the recommendation to substitute discussion groups for interest groups in the TLA Bylaws and Standing Rules in numerous sections. This action must be ratified by the membership in the spring election before it goes into effect.
Amended TLA Bylaws, Article IX to update the list of standing committees.
Amended TLA Standing Rule 9 related to standing committee charges and names, as per the following:
Changed the name of Texas Media Awards to Texas Youth Creator Awards and updated the committee charge.
Changed the name of the Scholarship and Research Committee to the Scholarship Committee.
Revised the deadline date for the Awards Committee.
Revised the charge for the Intellectual Freedom Committee to provide and update annually a link to the current ALA Intellectual Freedom Handbook and other pertinent materials and to delete reference to a grant that is no longer given.
Approved the request to make the Reading List Coordination Committee a standing committee and to approve its charge.
Based on the committee's recommendation, require members of the Tejas Star Reading List Committee to be bilingual.
Approved the Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Committee as a standing committee of TLA and approved its charge.
Approved a resolution from the Legislative Committee to oppose SB 902, 85th Legislature introduced by Senator Brian Birdwell.
Approved a resolution in support of federal library funding.
Approved by acclamation the proclamation in honor of retiring Executive Director Patricia Smith.
Approved a resolution honoring State Representative Garnet Coleman.
Approved a resolution honoring Senator Sylvia Garcia.
Approved a resolution honoring State Representative Oscar Longoria.
Approved a resolution honoring State Representative Toni Rose.
Approved the 2017-2018 budget.
Accepted a resolution wishing the Executive Director best wishes and gratitude.