Volume 38 No. 1 | January 2019
86th Texas Legislative Session Underway
Members of the Texas Legislature have returned to Austin for the 86th Legislative Session. Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) was elected Speaker of the House on January 9, and Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick were sworn into office on Tuesday, January 15.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar provided the revenue estimate for the 2020-2021 biennium. Legislators will have $119.1 billion in general revenue funds for the next budget; an increase of about 8% over the last biennium.  Read more

Renew Your Membership by January 31
Get the most out of your 2019 TLA membership and renew today! Continuing education, leadership opportunities, networking events, local district events and of course, Annual Conference are all part of your membership. Don't miss out! Renew by January 31 to be eligible to vote in the TLA elections.

2019 Reading Lists Announced 
The TLA Reading List Committees have been hard at work, and many of the eagerly anticipated lists have been released including: Lariat, Little Maverick, Lone Star, Maverick, TAYSHAS, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Texas Topaz, and Spirit of Texas. The 2x2 and Tejas Star lists will be released in February.  Latest lists

Retired Librarians Round Table
Are you retired but interested in library advocacy opportunities or staying involved in TLA? Are you still working but interested in future retirement? Or maybe you’d just like to stay in contact with the librarians you’ve worked with for years and have some fun? The Retired Librarians Round Table is for you. You don’t have to be retired to join; membership is open to any TLA member. Please consider joining when you renew your membership.
Deadlines Extended
TLA Awards
TLA’s awards honor excellence in, and contributions to, the library profession. The deadline for the TLA Awards, including Librarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and Distinguished Service, has been extended to Tuesday, February 5. Nominate a deserving librarian.

TALL Texans
The TALL Texans deadline has been extended to Friday, February 8. Apply today.
TLA 2019 Highlights
Plan Your Experience – Conference Program Available
There's so much to do at #TXLA19, where do you start? The full conference schedule is now available online. Go through it and plan your days (and nights). We can't wait to see you!

NEW this Year: TLA After Hours 
What happens after hours at TLA? Find out! On Monday, April 4, from 7-11pm. This casual environment will offer a headline speaker, new programming, a cash bar, and some of your entertainment favorites, like Battledecks and Lip Sync Battle. TLA After Hours will feature Thomas Lennon, speaking about his new book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.

If you are in the Austin area and can’t make it to the full conference, purchase an Exhibits Only pass which will give you access to TLA After Hours and entrance to the Exhibit Hall.

Download the Mobile App
The 2019 TLA Annual Conference app is now available for download in  Google Play or the Apple  App Store, search for Texas Library Association. The app, which is updated constantly, includes information on speakers, exhibitors, programs and more, so check back frequently.

To log in, use same email and password credentials you use to log in to the TLA members only site. If you aren’t a TLA member, use the email and password you created when registering for the conference.

Enable push notifications for special messages during conference.

Battledecks | Monday, April 15, 9 – 9:50pm
Don't miss out on this great improv game where contestants speak to a theme with a time limit using slides they have never seen before. You'll be entertained and leave laughing with programming ideas for your library! Want to participate? Enter by March 15.

Contributed Papers
Contributed Paper sessions provide a forum for TLA members to present their current research. There will be eight presentation slots available at the 2019 TLA Annual Conference. Please submit a 200-word (maximum) abstract by January 20, 2019. Learn more

Collaboration Space
Have you identified a hot topic, innovative concept, or knowledgeable individual that will prompt great group discussions? Send us your proposal to host a 60 minute facilitated small group discussion about topics relevant to libraries or librarians. The submission deadline is January 30, 2019. Learn more
Continuing Education
All webinars are FREE to TLA members. Visit the TLA Continuing Education page for more information.
January 20, 12-12:30pm  
TASL Lunch & Learn: Explore the World of Ozobots
Explore the world of Ozobots and learn how to integrate them into your instruction! Join us to find out how these tiny robots can ramp up the engagement level in your classroom or library while teaching coding, computational thinking, problem-solving, and critical thinking! Students have so much fun, they hardly realize they are learning!
January 23, 12-12:30pm  
TASL Lunch & Learn: Marketing Your Library to Students & Staff with Adobe Spark
Discover the many ways you can use Adobe Spark to promote library programs and literacy. This free app allows you to quickly and easily create beautiful, informative graphics, newsletters, and videos.

February 12, 1-2pm
AZ WEBINAR: Preserving the Life of Books, DVDs, and more
Explore the basic responsibilities of library teams for collection care and maintenance, including spaces, temperature, light, and humidity. Get recommendations for handling, minor repair, and user education as well as emergency measures for a variety of materials from print and multimedia to electronics and tools.

February 15, 9am-3pm  
Financial Literacy Training Day
The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection libraries program is an initiative to help librarians become the go to resources in their communities for free and unbiased financial education tools and resources. CFPB has partnered with TLA and other financial organizations to provide training for librarians. Topics will include paying for college, paying for retirement, how to provide financial literacy programs in your community, fraud prevention, and financial literacy for youth. This face-to-face event will be held at Houston Public Library in the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney Street.
February 18, 10-11am
ALA Candidates Town Hall
Candidates for top positions at the American Library Association will present their views and take questions from the audience at this special virtual town hall event. Speakers include candidates for ALA President (Julius Jefferson Jr. and Lance Werner) and ALA Treasurer (Maggie Farrell and Andrew K. Pace).
Names in the News
  • Jackie Chetzron, librarian at Anne Frank Elementary School in Dallas ISD, received her PhD in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas.
  • Mark Gottschalk will be the director of libraries for South Plains College effective January 22. He was previously director of libraries for Lubbock Christian University. 
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