TLACast Newsletter
Annual Conference Highlights
December 2017
Volume. 36 No. 7
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Get Ready for 2018!
Plan to join thousands of library professionals at the 2018 TLA Annual Conference April 3–6 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. You won't want to miss this exceptional four-day professional development opportunity! Inspiration abounds with more than 320 education programs presented by 857 experts from Texas and across the country; almost 50 hands-on and innovation labs, and maker table demonstrations; over 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest industry products and services; and at least 200 authors and illustrators discussing and signing their latest works.

Broaden your global perspective at General Session I. Libraries and travel have much in common. Both expand our understanding by exposing us to different cultures and perspectives. Librarians and travel guides lead us to discover and appreciate the diverse world we live in. Rick Steves—acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series—believes there's more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act" can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today's world. In this provocative presentation, Steves will explain how travel, whether overseas or through libraries, can be truly transformational, providing the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

TLA's General Session II speaker is Junot Díaz, who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Díaz will discuss his debut picture book Islandborn, which captures the universal immigrant experience while celebrating our imagination's boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past, and to ourselves.

Registration will open before the end of December! More information, registration rates, and the link to book your hotel are posted on the Annual Conference webpage.

Teacher Day@TLA
Elephant and Piggie. Peanut butter and jelly. Teachers and librarians. Some things are just better together.

Do you know a classroom teacher who would enjoy the TLA Annual Conference? Our annual conference—made up of books, authors, technology integration, makerspaces, curriculum connections, and supportive librarians—may very well be the stuff of teachers' dreams. They unquestionably have to experience it to believe it.

“For me, Teacher Day@TLA was an introduction into a world of educators who have a passion for fostering a love of reading in their students every day," said San Marcos CISD teacher Ryan Damron, who attended the inaugural Teacher Day@TLA in 2017. “I can't express how encouraging and inspiring it was just to be in that kind of environment. The connections I made with other teachers and librarians are invaluable, and have given me an extended professional learning community to whom I look for advice quite often. Teacher Day definitely made a lasting impression on me as an educator. Every teacher would love it!"

Now is your chance to make a teacher's dream come true! On Thursday, April 5, classroom teachers will have the opportunity to experience a special one day event during the TLA conference, comprised of speakers, activities, and pricing designed just for them. Sponsoring school librarians play a crucial role by identifying interested teachers, helping them secure permission and funding for their attendance, guiding them through the registration process, and ensuring they have a positive experience.

Plans are underway for a fun, interactive day for the teachers who attend, as well as the librarians who sponsor them. Participants are welcome to stay for the full conference. The program's goal is for classroom teachers who experience a TLA conference to return to their districts as library advocates and collaborators—or perhaps become librarians themselves.

Applications to attend Teacher Day@TLA are now being accepted—don't delay, apply today. Go to for more information and to apply. This is an event that should not be missed!

TLA Contributed Papers Session is Back
Looking for a forum to present your latest research?

TLA is seeking academics for the Contributed Papers Session, which allows academics and graduate students a peer-reviewed forum to present their current research. This year, there will be four slots available. If your proposal is accepted for presentation, you will be required to register for the conference, where you will give a 20-minute presentation based on your abstract.

Please submit your 1000 word abstract by January 20. Abstracts will be reviewed by three academics, and four will be chosen for presentation at the 2018 TLA Conference in Dallas, April 3-6. Final papers will be due by March 15.