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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.

The online application form for the 2021 TALL Texans Institute is now open!
Applications may be updated until midnight on April 1. Results will be announced in mid-May. 30 participants will be selected.

New Dates for TALL Texans 2021
November 14-18
Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas

Mentors for 2021

  • Dan Burgard, TLA President 2020-2021, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
  • TLA President Elect 2020-2021 (TBD): Marty Rossi, ESC 20, San Antonio, or Mary Woodard, Mesquite ISD
  • Diane Brooxvoort, Dean of Libraries, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Nora Galvan, Director of Library Services, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
  • Dale McNeill, Assistant Director for Public Services, San Antonio Public Library
  • Jodi Philbrook, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton

Primary instructor for 2021            

  • Maureen Sullivan, Sullivan and Associates


  • 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 $995*

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

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