It's Awards Season!

Check the TLA website for information about association-wide awards and unit-level award
    TLACast Newsletter
    Volume 34 No. 4 | December 2015
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    PR Branding Iron Awards: Be sure to apply for TLA's Public Relations Branding Iron Awards. With multiple categories, make sure you and your staff are being recognized for all the good work you are doing promoting your library and its services!

    TLA Scholarships, Grants, and Stipends: The Scholarship and Research Committee of the Texas Library Association invites TLA members to submit applications for scholarships, research grants, and conference stipends to be awarded in the spring of 2016. To apply for any TLA scholarship, grant, or stipend, applicants will need to complete the online application found on the TLA website. Applicants must be TLA members to apply. Scholarship applicants must also be accepted as a graduate student at a Texas ALA-Accredited Library Program.

    Unit Awards, Division (CULD, PLD, TASL) and Stipends: Numerous unit awards and stipends are also available. Information is provided at the TLA awards website. Nominate someone today.

    Spotlight on: PLD Stipends

    The Public Libraries Division of the Texas Library Association will award four individual scholarships (stipends) of $500 each to qualified applicants currently employed in Texas public libraries. The purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in TLA.

    The stipends are available for public library employees who have not attended a TLA Conference before. Recipients will gain insight into the Public Libraries Division organization by volunteering during the conference. Submit an application and letter of reference postmarked by February 1, 2016 to: Jennifer Coffey \PLD Scholarship Committee Chair, Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660. For questions, email

      • Librarian of the Year Award: Recognizes extraordinary leadership or service within the library community within the past 12-18 months.
      • Distinguished Service Award: Recognizes outstanding and continuing service in one or more areas of the library profession.
      • Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes an exemplary career in librarianship.
      • Outstanding Services to Libraries Award: Given to an individual or to an organization in recognition of outstanding lay advocacy.
      • Wayne Williams Library Project of the Year Award: Recognizes a project that exemplifies the highest levels of achievement, professional standards, and inspiration to other libraries.
      • Libraries Change Communities Award: Given to a collaborative community effort that recognizes positive achievements and promotes outstanding library-based initiatives in Texas.
      • Benefactor(s) Award: Recognizes substantial donations.