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The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute (TALL Texans) is a transformational program that helps participants learn and embrace their potential to take new initiatives for their institutions, profession, and stakeholders.


TALL Texans participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. Mentors, selected by the TLA Executive Board serve as coaches, counselors and role models, sharing their experiences as veteran library leaders. Programming is facilitated by Maureen Sullivan and Jack Siggins, well-known consultants and trainers to libraries and other information organizations.

TALL Texans 2020
November 15 – 18
Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas, TX

Class of 2020

  • Pamela Arevalo-Thompson, Lead Librarian, Judson ISD
  • Gina Bastone, Humanities Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
  • Judy Boone, Library & Information Technology Educator, Richardson ISD
  • Maggie Bootman, Director, Mitchell County Public Library, Colorado City
  • Carrie Bresnehen, Librarian, Leander ISD
  • LaMoya Burks, Head Librarian, Texarkana College
  • Mindy Davenport, Middle School Librarian, Forney ISD
  • Jennifer Eckert,  Library Support Specialist, Northside ISD, San Antonio
  • Susan Garrison, Access Services Manager, Rice University, Houston
  • Vickie Glass, Library Technician, Duncanville Public Library
  • Rachel Hadidi, Community Outreach Librarian, Plano Public Library
  • Jana Hill, Adult Services Manager, Fort Worth Public Library
  • Travis Holder, Research & Instruction Librarian, Texas Medical Center Library, Houston
  • Elizabeth Ibarra Gaylor, Literacy & Outreach Librarian, Ardmore Public Library
  • June Johnson, Circulation Librarian, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Rachel Keeler, Collection Development Librarian, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin
  • Misu Kim, Assistant Head of Metadata Services, University of Texas –  Dallas
  • Emma McDonald, Library Systems Manager, Mesquite ISD
  • Sheri Miklaski, Community Outreach Librarian, Georgetown Public Library
  • Andrea Naismith, Library Media Specialist, Aransas County ISD, Rockport
  • Erin Owens, Access Services Coordinator, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville
  • Ann Rector, Adult Services Supervisor,   Midland Co Public Library
  • Kathy Seybert , Instructional Media Coordinator, Grand Prairie ISD
  • April Stone, Librarian, Leander ISD
  • Robin Swaringen, Adult Services Manager, Hurst Public Library
  • Cate Sweeney, Public Services Manager, Bee Cave Public Library
  • Michelle Touche, Library Media Specialist, Harilee Early Childhood Center, Dallas
  • Bernadette Trammell, Library Media Specialist, Light Farms Elementary School, Celina
  • Laura Waugh, Digital Collections Librarian, Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Dawn Wilbert, Youth Services Manager, Decatur Public Library

Mentors for 2020

  • Christina Gola, TLA President, Director, Recruitment & Organizational Learning, University of Houston
  • Dan Burgard, TLA President – Elect, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
  • Carter Cook, Director, Library Media Services, Fort Worth ISD
  • Edward Melton, Director, Harris County Public Library
  • Gretchen Pruett, Director, New Braunfels Public Library
  • Laura Sheneman, Lecturer, University of West Georgia


  • Five (5) years of experience working in libraries; MLS not required; experience need not be continuous
  • Current Texas Library Association membership
  • Ability to turn training into action
  • Desire to improve yourself, libraries and communities
  • Registration fee of $975*

*Registration fee includes all classroom instruction and materials, a room and all meals for the duration of the seminar.

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