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Welcome to the TLA Black Caucus Round Table!

To promote a partnership between librarians of African American descent and librarians serving the African American community that will enable them to work together and exchange information and ideas about providing services to the African American community


Join BCRT at TLA Annual Assembly

TLA Annual Assembly 2018 convenes in Austin at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs, on Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12.
We will have our meeting July 11, 2018 from 2:30-3:30. Please start making your plans to attend the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone as we  get ready  for TLA 2019.


BCRT at TLA Annual Conference 2016 in Houston, Texas!

Good Afternoon, BCRT!


We had an awesome conference this week in Houston, TX and excellent programming. I hope that you were able to attend at least one of them!


I just want to take an opportunity to thank all who were able to attend, not only our BCRT programs, but our TLA Annual Conference. The weather was touch and go, but we came, we saw, we conquered! I'd also like to thank an amazing team of BCRT officers and members. You guys are rockstars...every day, all day! Thank you for an awesome year of service!


Kindest Regards,


Angela C. Hall, MSLS

Past Chair, TLA Black Caucus Round Table


BCRT Programs at TLA This Year!

Black Caucus Round Table Author Session Brunch: Books and brunch with Eric Dean Seton and Earl Sewell.


Diversity in the Comic Book World: Many of us remember the beloved characters of Archie, Superman, and Spiderman. But the world has changed. Find out how comic books are also changing to attract a diverse readership that includes the reluctant reader as well as the nostalgic library customer. Guest panelists were: Amy Chu, Tony Goodwyn, Alitha Martinez, David Walker and Robert Weiner.


Black Caucus Round Table Social: A meet and greet fellow member of the Black Caucus Round Table, as well as local Houston artist, Ted Ellis and Port Arthur Public Librarian, Carolyn Thibodeaux.


All Minds Matter: Reluctant Readers and Hip Hop Music: Engaging reluctant readers through hip hop music and urban literature with guest panelists: Coe Booth, James Conyers, Julie Grob, Angelia Johnson, and Theodore Taylor, III.


Your New BCRT Officers for 2016-2017

Please welcome your new BCRT officers:


Chair: Kristin Fance

Chair-Elect: Roosevelt Weeks

Past Chair: Angela C. Hall

Secretary: Cynthia Davis-Cook

Treasurer: Mary Ashford

Councilor: Felice Sanders-Johnson

Alternate Councilor: Doreen Boyd


Highlights from the BCRT Business Meeting

Here are some brief highlights of what we discussed in our business meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2016.


  • Be mindful of the open carry law and what that means to TLA and your libraries.
  • TLA will be rolling out a new strategic plan.
  • TLA Social Media Policy
  • Always Diversity
  • Mid-June 2016 is the deadline for 2017 Conference Proposals
  • Kristin Fance, Chair, shared amazing programming ideas for 2017....Shhhhhh! It's so top secret that I can't put it in writing!
  • Launch of new campaign, "Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do ®" which is a public awareness campaign showcasing innovation and technology-centered work being done in today’s libraries.

BCRT Needs Committee Help

The following committees will need help. You may contact Kristin Fance, incoming Chair or myself, Past Chair.


  • Membership
  • Booth Coordinator (Peace Ossom Williams did this for this year. Please feel free to continue if you are interested.)
  • Scholarship (A list of names for this committee was passed on to Kimberly Gay, former Scholarship Chair and currently, TLA Executive Board Liaison.)
  • Scrapbook (Aundrea Wright Young of Dallas ISD has taken on this role.)
  • Social Media Moderator

Upcoming Dates

  • Budgets for Annual Conference are due by May 15, 2016
  • Make requests for meeting room dates and times for Annual Assembly....NOW!
  • TLA Annual Assembly will be in Austin, July 7-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency.
  • 2017 TLA Annual Conference will be in San Antonio and will include a Saturday date: April 19-22, 2017 (Wednesday - Saturday).

Congratulations to Tyler Moses!

Tyler Moses, a BCRT member from District 10, is the most recent candidate selected for the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. Please join me in congratulating Tyler on her huge success!

Enjoy the remainder of your year/semester/season and we hope to see you at Annual Assembly in Austin!

Created on Mar 21, 2010 | Last updated June 02, 2018