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Open Libraries, Open Opportunities

When libraries thrive, communities thrive. We in the library industry understand the undeniable power of our institutions to effect learning, economic vitality, innovation, and good citizenship. All this power comes from the work libraries of all types do providing educational opportunities to all. The TLA conference is the prime opportunity for our state's community of library stakeholders to come together to learn from each other, develop new skills, reaffirm our commitment to our work and colleagues, and prepare for the challenges and great adventures ahead.

We invite you to add your thoughts and insights to this process by participating in a quick survey. Questions include: Why does TLA exist and what difference does it make in the world? What do you believe is impossible to do in TLA...but if it could be done would change everything? Go to TLA into the Future to answer these questions.

Fun Things to Do at Conference

GS I will proudly feature Evan Smith, the editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune and former editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly. Smith is arguably the leading voice on reporting Texas politics and policies. His unique perspective and journalistic style has made Smith one of the most trusted and insightful voices on the activities of state government. From his visible passion for state news to his well-known commitment to education and literacy, Smith delivers Texas news in a way that makes the listener and reader a more informed citizen. Join him as he discusses the news and policies shaping our state today. We thank Follett for sponsoring GS I.

Arrive early to get a seat for GS II, featuring Al Roker, nationally-acclaimed figure who has earned 10 Emmy awards for his work on NBC's Today show. He is also a bestselling author with many acclaimed works. His first book, Don't Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood, spent weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. His most recent work, The Storm of The Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900, is a riveting exploration of one of the most tragic events in American history.

The ever-entertaining Dav Pilkey, Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children, will deliver his message of "Reading Gives You Superpowers" during GS III. He is beloved by children and parents, and he is known for his humor, inventiveness, and ability to subtly underscore kindness and friendship. He is a champion for intellectual freedom and has braved many challenges to his work, notably the Captain Underpants series – which remains a favorite for children and has been instrumental in developing life-long readers. You won't want to miss GS III!

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Tuesday, April 19, is again supported by H-E-B and will allow attendees a prime opportunity to network, peruse the exhibits, talk with vendors, and enjoy delicious food contributed by H-E-B. Get your conference week off to a running good start!

This year's President's Party (Wednesday, April 20, 6 pm at Discovery on the Green) will be al fresco happy hour with thousands of your closest friends. Join colleagues for a relaxing and fun spring evening on beautiful green lawns. With the Fun Run now scheduled to take place around the Green during the start of the party, you can cheer on friends, participate, or just enjoy all the activity. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and a cash bar. Thank you Baker & Taylor for your long term sponsorship of the Party!

Thursday, April 21, has been designated at Library Support Staff Day and will feature a content-rich day devoted to fuel skills development, networking, and best practices.
  • 9-9:50 am: Reference
  • 10-11:20am: It Happened at Library Near You: Frontline Stories
  • 1-1:50: pm Creative and Dazzling Displays
  • 3-3:50 pm Top 10 Things Support Staff Need to Know

Click here for a listing of programs by audience type. The full conference program will be mailed to TLA members as part of the winter issue of the Texas Library Journal, which will be mailed December 31, 2015.
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    Volume 34 No. 4 | December 2015
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