TLACast Newsletter
TLA News
December 2017
Volume. 36 No. 7
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• Successfully advocated for libraries during a contentious Legislative Session;
• Produced a fantastic Annual Conference with almost 7,000 attendees, 300+ education sessions, and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest developments and trends
• Prepared directors and administrators to reach the next level of excellence through the Executive Leadership Immersion program
• Offered essential continuing education opportunities with more than 20 professional development webinars;
• Kicked off Leadership Launchpad, a new leadership development program for librarians with less than five years of experience;
• Provided advanced leadership and management education to 24 outstanding librarians at TALL Texans;
• Released 11 fantastic reading lists covering a wide-range of genres and curated by librarians for readers of all ages.
• Produced nine new Powered Libraries videos spotlighting creative programming and collections in various Texas libraries, collectively garnering over 35K views.
Meet the TLA Executive Board Candidates

In February, Texas Library Association (TLA) members will elect four individuals to the Executive Board which serves as the central management board for the association, and recommends policy, budget and operating policies to the Council.

Cecilia Barham, director of library services, North Richland Hills Library
Roosevelt Weeks, director of libraries, Austin Public Library

Representative-at-Large – Academic:
Dreanna Belden, assistant dean for external relations, University of North Texas Libraries
Christina Gola, director of recruitment and organizational learning, University of Houston Libraries

Representative-at-Large – Public:
Rebecca Sullivan, former library director, Terrell Public Library (retired)
John Trischitti, library director, Midland County Public Libraries

ALA Councilor:
Terry Roper, library consultant, Region 10 Education Service Center
Mary Woodard, director of library services, Mesquite ISD

Each candidate brings great expertise and passion to the profession, and to our association. The candidates' official complete bios and statements of concern are found on the TLA 2018 Election page in the members' only area of The election will open on February 20. To be eligible to vote, members must be current 2017 TLA members by February 1.

Librarians Selected to Sponsor Students at the 2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon
Each year student representatives from the ten TLA library districts play an important role in presenting the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) to the winning author and illustrator. This ceremony is the culminating event for the master list, and will take place at the TBA Luncheon on Thursday, April 5 during TLA 2018 in Dallas. Librarians who wished to sponsor a student submitted student representative forms and were selected by random drawing. Congratulations to these librarians who were selected to sponsor a student representative from their district!

District 1 - Courtney Rutherford, San Angelo ISD, Crockett Elementary
District 2 - Leslie Whitaker, Claude ISD, Claude Elementary
District 3 - Susan Cooper, Belton ISD, Joe M. Pirtle Elementary
District 4 - Lori Dodd, Hallettsville ISD, Hallettsville Elementary
District 5 - Sheila Ortega, Dallas ISD, Cesar Chavez Learning Center
District 6 - Leticia M. Guevara, Ysleta ISD, Ascarate Elementary
District 7 - Kathleen Grupe, Birdville ISD, West Birdville Elementary
District 8 - Gloria Miller, Clear Creek ISD, Whitcomb Elementary
District 9 - Shelly Powe, Shallowater ISD, Shallowater Intermediate
District 10 - Stephanie Arnold, Comal ISD, Specht Elementary

New TLA Reading Lists
Congratulations to the seven reading list committees that have announced their latest book selections. From nonfiction to graphic novels and beyond, these lists will keep you reading the best literature all year long.

2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List | Grades 3-6
2018 Lone Star Reading List | Grades 6-8
2018 The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) | Middle School Reading Program
2018 The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) | High School Reading Program
2018 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List | Grades 6-12
2018 Tayshas Reading List | Grades 9-12
2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List | All ages

Stay tuned in 2018 as we announce other highly-anticipated selections from the 2x2, Lariat (adult), Little Maverick Graphic Novel, and Tejas Star (bilingual) reading lists committees. Happy reading!

Branding Iron Award Deadline February 15
This award honors excellence in library public relations activities. With multiple categories, make sure you and your staff are recognized for the great work you do promoting your library and its services. Visit the Branding Iron Award webpage for more information and to submit your entry.

TLA Scholarships
Several scholarships are available for TLA members who are currently enrolled, or planning to enroll in an ALA accredited library school program in Texas. These scholarships include the Ray Janeway Scholarship, TLA Summer School Scholarship, Van Dusen-Tobin-Kaiser Scholarship for students studying to be elementary school or children's librarians, and the Escue Scholarship for library school students focusing their studies in a technical services area. These scholarships range from $500 to $2000. Interested applicants should apply online by January 31.

Numerous unit awards and stipends are also available. More information and the online applications are found on

TLA Awards Deadline January 15
There is still time to nominate outstanding individuals and programs for TLA awards! Take a minute to nominate someone for the Librarian of the Year Award, Distinguished Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Services to Libraries Award, Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year Award, or Libraries Change Communities Award. Visit TLA's award webpage for more information and the online nomination form.

Call for Applications for the 2018 Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Grant
The application period for the TLA Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Grant (public library for mystery genre) is now open. The successful applicant, from a public library, will receive $500 to purchase mysteries for any age reader and in any format. The submission deadline is January 20. Applications should be submitted to Kathy Hoffman, chair of the Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Grant Committee.

Retirement Not Required
The Retired Librarians Round Table (RLRT) offers many opportunities for members to explore their next steps of professional service and personal growth. We offer programs that help us look at future options, examine where we can share our expertise, and honor recognized librarians at special events during Annual Conference. You don't need to be “retired" to be a member! As you renew your TLA membership, please renew your RLRT membership. If you haven't been a RLRT member, now is the time to join.

Join TLA at ALA Midwinter | February 6-9
If you attending the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver come say “Howdy!" to TLA in booth #503. Attendees can enter to win a free 2018 TLA Annual Conference registration and pick up the latest and greatest TLA Reading Lists for all ages. Don't miss the chance to be among the first to watch the world premiere of TLA's inspiring Powered Libraries documentary (trailer) on Saturday, February 10, at 10:30am (Room 112) as part of Now Showing @ ALA Film Program.

TLA is also inviting members to volunteer at the TLA booth. This is a great opportunity to meet librarians from Texas and around the country, and share your experiences. If you can volunteer for at least a two-hour block, please contact TLA communications and marketing specialist Sara Ortiz ( by January 19. See you in Denver!

Saturday, February 10 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, February 11 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, February 12 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

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.
Renew Your TLA Membership Today
What a year! Looking back at 2017, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to you, our amazing members, and share highlights from this year:

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