Conference Spotlight
The TLA Conference is fast approaching. As you start to plan out your schedule, remember to build time for all of the range of activities – programming, networking, and events – that make for a complete conference experience. Here are few tips and updates to help you finalize your schedule.

Sign Up Now for Great Events!

Don't miss the amazing array of authors at TLA conference meal events, including the fabulous Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon on Thursday and the TASL Breakfast on Friday featuring Jeff Kinney! Register by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, for meals and Tech Camp. It's easy to add a meal ticket to your registration by going to the online registration feature on the TLA website under Conferences and Events. Also remember that you can attend TLA meal events without being registered for the conference. Not only do you enjoy award-winning authors, an amazing company of fellow librarians, and delicious food, but you also receive really fabulous gifts from our Sponsors and Tabletop Donors….and you may be a lucky winner of our growing list of fabulous door prizes! Purchase your ticket today through pre-registration.

TLA general registration will be available at discounted conference rates for online registrations only until the onsite event opens at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Mailed registrations should have a postmark no later than April 8.

General Session II Updates

Al Roker is scheduled to sign from 2:40 to 3:30 before the start of GS II on level 3. Books can be purchased at that time as well as immediately after GS II. However, due to his early departure time back to New York, he will not be able to sign books after his presentation.

TLACast Newsletter

Volume 35 No. 2 | April 2016
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401 | Austin, Texas 78746-6763
Phone: 512.328.1518 or 800.580.2852 | Email:

Twitter Tutorial
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Tweet. Share what you are up to by typing into the 'What's happening?' text box and then click on the “Tweet" button. Note that tweets are limited to 140 or fewer characters; otherwise, the "Tweet" button will go into a minus.

Use hashtags. Prefacing a word with a '#' will create a hashtag. A hashtag makes a certain word easily searchable (i.e. #txla16).

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Pop Ups

Pop Up Presentations are 20-minute sessions that engage the audience and feature new or innovative ideas. Pop Up Presentations provide a showcase for valuable new content that may have “popped up" between Annual Assembly and Annual Conference.

Check the Pop Up Page or the Conference App for the latest updates on these exciting new programs.

Prepping for Houston

The TLA crew and Houston hospitality community are eager to OPEN the doors to welcome you for TLA's 2016 Annual Conference in Houston. As you make your final preparations to attend and pack your bags, here are few reminders:
  • Bring your conference printed information (the Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 issues of TLJ).
  • Looking for a job? Be sure to check out the Career Center, which will be open throughout conference.
  • Be sure to bring business cards to network with colleagues and connect with exhibitors in TLA's robust exhibit hall.
  • Layer your clothing to ensure your personal comfort and wear comfortable shoes!
  • Set up your mobile app. It's an extremely helpful tool to navigate the conference.
  • Print your author signing schedules or check signing times on the mobile app.
  • Be sure to share your excitement on social media outlets and use #txla16!
  • Don't miss Ideas Powered in Hall C
  • Plan time for the Innovation Lab, Authors Area, and Tocker & Friends Lounge
  • Shop the TLA Store for great gifts
  • Attend fabulous all-conference events: 3 General Sessions, Exhibits Grand Opening and President's Party
  • Rent-A-Box in Hall E - $5 entire week
  • Recharge & Rejuvenate at Recharge Lounges, Massage Area, Yoga & Health Events, and Bayou City Café
Corporate Members

Thank you to our Corporate Members for their continuous and unparalleled support!
Fresh off her 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture, Pat Mora will speak at General Session II on Thursday, April 21, following Al Roker, Texas Book Festival Director Lois Kim, and ALA President-Elect Julie Todaro. The action doesn't stop there—two lucky conference attendees will each win a $500 gift card at the close of GS II. Be ready to use your Twitter skills for this giveaway! See the quick Twitter primer.

A short 10 minutes after the adjournment of the general session, enjoy the rousing competition and synchronized dance routines among book cart drill teams. Both GS II and the 2016 Book Cart Drill Team Competitions will take place in the General Assembly Theater, Level 3.