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Tech Camp

Maximize your technological know-how.

Get the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize social media platforms, web applications, digital content, and tech tools that wow students, teachers, and administrators. Learn what’s hot, what will be hot, and how to master and promote these resources to build learning and collaboration at your school or public library. This is a BYOD (bring your own device) preconference.

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Use Your Library Voice: Personalizing Advocacy

All politics is local and all successful advocacy is personal. Building relationships with elected officials is essential to making sure your message is heard. Learn how to make the first move, and put the lessons into practice with a visit to the Texas Capitol.

9:30am Registration

10:00 – 11:30am What’s Happening at the Texas Capitol?

We’re more than halfway through the 86th Texas Legislative Session. How are libraries faring? Panelists will share the latest news straight from the Capitol.

Marty De Leon, Escamilla & Poneck, LLP
Susan Mann, Hillsboro City Library
Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Wendy Woodland, Texas Library Association

11:45am – 1:15pm* How to Hug a Porcupine: The Importance of Building Relationships with Lawmakers

Building relationship with elected officials can sometimes be difficult and may feel prickly, like hugging a porcupine. Our keynote luncheon speaker will help you overcome that discomfort, revealing the methods and benefits for building relationships. Learn who state legislators listen to; what their staffers say are the most effective communication tactics; and how to conduct effective in-person meetings.

Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation, Washington, D.C.
*Lunch provided

1:30 – 2:30pm What to Expect at the Texas Capitol

It’s time to put all that you’ve learned into practice! Panelists will share insights into what you can expect as you head to the Texas Capitol for meetings. Review the leave-behind materials and talking points. Experienced TLA members will be available to accompany participants on their visits.

Susan Mann, Hillsboro City Library
Alex Simons, University of Houston

2:30pm Leave for the Texas Capitol**
**Attendees are responsible for their own transportation via ride-share or taxi.

Registration $25 | Registration deadline March 31, 2019

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