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- Advocacy to communicate the value of libraries and librarians, to improve library funding, and to influence public policy about library-related issues.
- Liability insurance for librarians.
- Awards to recognize excellence in the profession, scholarships to promote library careers, and grants to nurture quality library programming.
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- Continuing education opportunities and stipends for attending annual conference.
- Discounts on annual conference and other CE events.
- Employment assistance through Jobline, an online service that connects employers and jobseekers; and the Placement Center at annual conference.
- Intellectual Freedom materials and assistance.
- Access to an online Buyer’s Guide for library-related products and services.
- Professional support that includes leadership training, continuing education opportunities, liability insurance for librarians, and advocacy to promote fair salaries.
- Public relations products to promote libraries and reading.
- Reading lists for tots through teens.
- Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund to assist libraries devastated by floods, fires, and other calamities.
- Standards and guidelines for school and public libraries to ensure quality service for library users.
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2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List
Just in time for holiday shopping, the Texas Library Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List. With more than 140 titles, the list includes nonfiction gems for children and adults. It is intended for recreational reading and is not designed to support any particular curriculum. Due to the diversity in […]Read More
2019 Lone Star, Maverick, TAYSHAS & Spirit of Texas Lists Announced
The Texas Library Association’s Young Adult Round Table (YART) is pleased to announce the much-anticipated 2019 Lone Star, Maverick, TAYSHAS and Spirit of Texas Reading Lists are now available. Books are selected for the lists by public and school librarians who are members of YART. The Lone Star Reading List encourages students in grades 6 […]Read More