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Now We Need to Promote Libraries More than Ever

Advocacy

By Brooke King Librarian at Atascocita Middle School, Humble ISD TASL Legislative & Advocacy Committee Chair This post originally appeared on the Aug. 18 TxASL Talks blog. The “Let’s Promote Libraries!” social media campaign is more important than ever this year as we show how librarians support learning no matter what the school environment looks […]

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From Reference Desk to City Council Dais

Advocacy, TLA News

By Christine Sederquist, Leander City Council, Place 4, Leander, Texas Curling up in a favorite chair with a great book and a cup of coffee with the muffled sounds of doves cooing just outside the window: it’s Heaven, right?  I’m willing to bet everyone reading this agrees. That dream plays a large part in how […]

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TLA Response to Macmillan eBook Embargo

Advocacy, TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA), with almost 6,000 members from academic, school, special and public libraries, represents one of the largest and most dynamic library markets in the country. On behalf of our members, we call on Macmillan to reverse the library eBook embargo announced in July. This new licensing model, which allows libraries to […]

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Resolution in Support of Immigrant Children

Advocacy, TLA News

In response to the immigrant crisis along the Texas border, TLA’s Latino Caucus Round Table presented this resolution in support of immigrant children to TLA Council at Annual Assembly where it was adopted. WHEREAS, The Texas Library Association is committed to supporting libraries role as an advocate of social responsibility and the public good; WHEREAS, […]

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11 Days and Counting!

Advocacy, TLA Membership

With just 11 days remaining in the 86th Texas Legislative Session, and deadlines looming in the House, it is crunch time for many bills. Saturday, May 18 is the last day for house committees to report senate bills and senate joint resolutions in order for them to have any chance of being placed on a […]

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HB 4181: An Assault on the Public’s Right to Know

Advocacy, TLA News

Is the Legislature trying to hide something? Last minute amendments to HB 4181 by Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) would make sweeping changes to how official records of the Texas Legislature are handled and make many more records off-limits to the public. With no public hearing or testimony, HB 4181 was set for a floor […]

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Library-Related Bills Begin to Move

Advocacy, TLA News

The March 8 bill filing deadline has passed, and members of the Legislature are turning their attention to moving their bills. It’s a long, convoluted process, with many obstacles along the way. And just when you experience success, that joy is tempered by the realization that you have to go through everything again when the […]

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Update: Texas Legislative Session

Advocacy, TLA News

We are a little over one month into the 86th Texas Legislative Session and the pace  is starting to pick up. Legislators have until Friday, March 8 to file bills and joint resolutions. To date, 3,045 House and Senate bills and resolutions have been filed. Governor Abbott gave his State of the State address in […]

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