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Lifetime Achievement

Honoring a long-time TLA member who had an exemplary career in librarianship.

The Texas Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a librarian who has been a long standing member of TLA. The award recognizes an exemplary career in librarianship, an extended record of services, active participation in professional organizations, and creative leadership and service to the library profession.

Congratulations to Sharon Amastae, the winner of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award! Sharon has made a difference in many people’s lives through her advocacy and volunteer work.

Amastae served as an TLA executive board member and ALA Councilor from 2003-2006. She was president of TLA from 2014-2015. As a middle school librarian at Camino Real Middle School in El Paso from 1989-2012, she assumed leadership positions on different campus committees offering her perspective and her expertise. Watch the video presentation of her award, below.


Any TLA member may nominate a deserving librarian for consideration. Nominations open September 15 and close January 15. All nominations must be submitted through the online form.

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Once the nomination is submitted, you will receive a password that allows you to add to, or edit your nomination materials. You will also receive a separate password to provide to people submitting any letters of reference.

Contact Christy Reynolds at TLA if you have any questions or need assistance.

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