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Libraries Transform Texas Week Oct. 4-8

TLA News

Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the countless ways libraries transform Texas!  During the week of October 4-8 all libraries are invited to share how they transform their communities through innovative spaces, programs, education, technology, events, and more. The pandemic shined a light on libraries as essential community hubs. Libraries are the center of […]

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September TLA Staff Spotlight: Christy Reynolds

TLA Staff Spotlight

In our new TLA Staff Spotlight series, you will meet a member of our team each month.  It’s part of our effort to make sure you know who the TLA staff is, so you’re more familiar with us when you need to contact us. We love to hear from members! Name: Christy Reynolds Position: Membership […]

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Between the Lines: September Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Jenny Filardo Middle School Librarian Presbyterian School in Houston What inspired you to become a librarian? When I began my master’s degree at UT Austin over 28 years ago, it was with the intent of working in museums or archives. The very last class of my degree, however, was Materials for Children, and that one […]

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Statement Opposing Restrictions on Education Related to Racism and History

TLA News

The Texas Library Association Executive Board approved the following statement related to efforts to restrict education related to racism and history on August 10. The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) core values include diversity and inclusiveness, equity of access to information, ethical responsibility and integrity, intellectual freedom, literacy and lifelong learning, and social responsibility and the […]

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Between the Lines: August Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Lynda Infante Faculty Librarian and Assistant Professor Austin Community College What inspired you to become a librarian? I had an unusual journey to the library. I have biology and clinical laboratory science degrees and spent seven years as a clinical microbiologist before transitioning to the library. As I realized I didn’t want to stay in […]

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Special Session #1: The Texas Legislature is Back

Advocacy

The first special session of the 87th Texas Legislature opened Thursday, July 8 and may last up to 30 days. Issues to be considered are limited to those set by Governor Greg Abbott in his proclamation calling the special session. Governor Abbott prioritized 11 issues including election and voter registration reform, bail system reform, protecting […]

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Between the Lines: July Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Donald Cummings, Librarian Lady Bird Johnson Middle School Irving ISD   What inspired you to become a librarian? I have loved reading and libraries ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Conroe, and I was always at the local branch of the Montgomery County Library. I loved getting lost in those rows […]

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$7.2 Billion Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund Accepting Applications

TLA Membership

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 includes $7.17 billion for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. The ECF will provide funding for public and tribal libraries and K12 schools to purchase connected devices and broadband internet connections for use off of library and school grounds by library patrons, students, and teachers and staff […]

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