TLA News

TLA President-Elect
Ling Hwey Jeng, Texas Women's University
April Kessler, Bizologie, LLC

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Deborah Halsted (who was announced as a candidate for president-elect earlier in the fall) is unable to run for office. The TLA Nominating Committee has announced that Ling Hwey Jeng of Texas Women's University accepted the Committee's request to stand for office. In order for members to vote in the 2016 election, they must be current 2016 members as of February 1.

In the Spirit of Charitable Giving

The library community supports a wide range of important community services. From literacy efforts for children and adults to aid for libraries affected by natural disasters, TLA members contribute to the greater good. Whether volunteering their time or offering financial assistance, librarians and library supporters give generously. We thank you for your spirit of compassion and citizenship. Please let us know on Facebook about your favorite holiday activities and how you and your libraries reach out to those in need.

There are some fun ways to contribute to the library community through support of TLA activities. So, if you are so inclined, here is a checklist of easy ways to support library activities.
  1. Renew your membership in TLA. It helps you and helps the Association support the library community. Keep in mind, as tax season approaches, the majority of your TLA dues are tax deductible. As a 501(c)3, TLA is a charitable organization. All but $5.51 (the cost of the Journal yearly subscription) of your membership dues is tax deductible!
  2. Getting your holiday shopping done? Go to and select Texas Library Association as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to TLA, which promotes literacy and education by supporting the tireless work of Texas educators and librarians.
  3. You can make a donation (which is completely tax deductible) to any of TLA's funds. Go to for additional information.
TBF Grant Cycle Now Open

Since the Texas Book Festival's (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of the TBF's mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,044 grants totaling more than $2.7 million to 600+ libraries across Texas. Click here to see past winners.

The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. 2015-2016 Library Collection Enhancement grants are now available through February 5th, 2016. All applications must be postmarked by February 5th, 2016. For more information, go to: TBF Library Grants.

TLA Thanks!

As the year winds down, we want to offer our thanks to TLA's 2015 sponsors and our 2015 corporate members for their commitment to TLA and to our library community this year. Thank you for a fantastic 2015!

CE Schedule

TLA's CE Office has several programs available, many of which are at no cost to members. Continuing Education credit is available for watching the live webinar or for viewing a recording and taking a short quiz. The Texas Library Association is accredited by both the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the State Board of Educator Certification (provider #500383).

January 21, 2:00pm (CST) | Approaches to Collaborating with Literacy Organizations
Jennifer Edwards, Sydney Saumby
Join Literacy Texas in exploring how libraries across the state build effective partnerships with their local literacy organizations. Learn how to develop powerful collaborations in your community to increase the reach of your library while supporting the effectiveness of local adult education programs.
Register here.

TLACast Newsletter
Volume 34 No. 4 | December 2015
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TLA Representative-At-Large (school)
Nora Galvan, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Janice Newsum, Houston ISD