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Edward Smith, Abilene Library Consortium Director, Appointed to Gov. Broadband Council

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Edward Smith, director of the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), and long-time Texas Library Association member (TLA), has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the newly formed Governor’s Broadband Development Council. “ We appreciate that the library community will have a seat at the table as the Council works to identify barriers to […]

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Between the Lines: January Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight

Kathy Jones Hoffman Former Executive Director (retired) Research Medical Library, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center What inspired you to become a librarian? I started working in my neighborhood public library when I was a junior in high school. When I started college, I needed a part-time job, so I worked in the university […]

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2020 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Announced

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The 2020 Lariat list is here! The goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List is to highlight outstanding fiction that is “simply a pleasure to read.” To that end, a nine-member committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association annually selects 25 outstanding fiction titles. This year’s list includes the magical and the occult […]

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TLA Welcomes New Executive Director

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The Texas Library Association (TLA) Executive Board is pleased to announce that Shirley Robinson, CAE has accepted the position of Executive Director effective January 9, 2020. Robinson has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit trade association management at statewide organizations. She is a member-focused leader with a proven record of implementing successful initiatives […]

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Between the Lines: December Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight

Lisa Hernandez, Alternative High School Librarian, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) Elvis J. Ballew College, Career & Technology Academy What inspired you to become a librarian? My husband Smiley inspired me to become a school librarian. During my four years as a teacher, Smiley and I started our family. After having two children (ages sixteen months and […]

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2020 Texas Topaz Reading List Announced

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The world of nonfiction is our world. Unlike fictional books which may transport us to imagined realms or take us far into the future, nonfiction books seek to bring clarity and share knowledge about the world we live in – its past, its present, its people and the struggles and triumphs they experience. In nonfiction, […]

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2020 Young Adult Round Table Reading Lists Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

It’s an exciting time in young adult literature (books aimed at 6th to 12th graders, ages 12-18.) Whether preteens and teens are looking for a new fantasy world to explore, a contemporary read addressing a current political situation, a historical tome, a coming-of-age novel or a blossoming romance, there’s something for everyone in this year’s […]

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2020 Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Released

TLA Reading Lists

Graphic novels are increasingly being hailed as a way to make reading more inclusive: they can motivate reluctant readers and English learners, give dyslexic students multiple clues to the story line and breathe fresh life into classics written a century ago. Graphic novels have the ability to welcome everyone into a reading conversation. The 2020 […]

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