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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 Online Applications are OPEN for 2020!

Applications are due on January 31, 2020. Results will be communicated by March 1.

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
July 19-23
Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas, TX

Mentors for 2020:

  • 2020-2021 TLA President Christina Gola, Director, Recruitment & Organizational Learning, University of Houston
  • 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, Coordinator, Library Services & Instructional Resources, ESC Region 1
  • TLA President Elect 2020-2021 (TBD)

Meet the current class


  • 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 $970*

*Registration fee includes all classroom instruction and materials, a double room and all meals for the duration of the seminar. Private quarters are available for an additional premium of $260.

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