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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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Between the Lines: January Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Mary Seaman, Director Bertam Public Library   What inspired you to become a librarian? I became a librarian mainly because I love books, but I became a director because of the community. I realized that I loved being able to share a passion of mine with others. There is something so great about a patron coming […]

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Between the Lines: December Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Jennifer Coleman School Librarian Murchison Elementary, Pflugerville ISD What inspired you to become a librarian? My mother, Lorraine Bingham! She was a Cataloging/ Government Documents Librarian at Texas Tech University from 1977-2004, and she encouraged me. I had been a classroom teacher a few years before I took mom’s advice and specialized. We ended up […]

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Between the Lines: November Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Paul Sharpe Dean of Libraries The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) University Libraries What inspired you to become a librarian? A desire to help people, coupled with an overwhelming desire to organize the world. What is an innovative practice at your library that you’d like to share with others? I’m proud of what […]

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Between the Lines: October Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Ana Frade International Services Engagement and Outreach Coordinator  Houston Public Library   What inspired you to become a librarian? Libraries have always been a source of fascination for me. I am an avid reader: Reading has been an essential part of my personal growth and has accompanied me through different stages of my life. I believe in the power of reading and education to open […]

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