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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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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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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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Between the Lines: June Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant Texas State Library and Archives Commission   What inspired you to become a librarian? I had been working for several years as a middle school math teacher, and after a couple of years, I noticed that reading comprehension was an area that many of my students were struggling in. […]

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Between the Lines: May Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Betsy Mangalath School Library Media Specialist North Mesquite High School, Mesquite What inspired you to become a librarian? While working as a classroom teacher, I partnered closely with the school’s librarian, Brenda Allen. She did such an amazing job making the library a welcoming center for students and faculty alike, and her impact on the […]

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Between the Lines: April Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Travis Ford Holder Research & Instruction Librarian Texas Medical Center Library, Houston What inspired you to become a librarian? When I studied art history, I went to a school where the library did not allow students to take items out of the building. The collection included architectural blueprints and artist editions that were irreplaceable.  At […]

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Between the Lines: March Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Maggie Bootman Library Director, Mitchell County Public Library Colorado City, Texas What inspired you to become a librarian? I have always had a desire to help people. I knew I wanted to be a teacher in the second grade. After a few years in college, I decided being a teacher wasn’t my career path, and […]

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Between the Lines: February Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Brandi Grant, Teacher-Librarian, Pearson Middle School Library, Frisco ISD What inspired you to become a librarian? My students inspired me to become a librarian when I was teaching 8th grade TAKS (yes, I’m really old) reading recovery. They loved that I always tried to incorporate diverse stories into the curriculum and to find books with […]

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