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TASL

Promotes library services and librarianship in school libraries in Texas.

With more than 2500 members, TASL strives to meet the unique needs of school librarians forming ties with librarians throughout the state. TASL advocates for librarians as teachers who are essential components of a robust educational system. We actively share emerging information and technology with the legislative, administrative, and learning communities.


Professional Development

TASL sponsors numerous programs and workshops at the TLA Annual Conference. Programs include collection development, technology, author and storyteller presentations, school librarian leadership, library facilities, teacher/librarian collaboration, student research, literacy, and many more.

Advocacy

The TASL Legislative/Advocacy Committee leads and organizes TASL efforts on behalf of school librarians of Texas.

  • TASL advocates for librarians as teachers who are essential components of a robust educational system. We actively share emerging information and technology with the legislative, administrative, and learning communities.
  • TxASL Talks provides a place to find useful information about school library advocacy for Texas School Librarians managed by the TxASL Talks Editorial Board.
  • TASL advocates to the state legislature and other decision-makers on behalf of school libraries.
  • TASL uses the division’s awards to increase understanding beyond the library community of the integral role school libraries play in the successful education of the state’s children.

Collaboration

  • TASL co-sponsors programs at the TLA Annual Conference.
  • TASL and the Children’s Round Table make recommendations for members to serve on the Texas Bluebonnet Program and Selection Committees.
  • TASL is working to forge a strong relationship between school librarians and parents.
  • TASL is working with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) on the Texas Standards for School Libraries.

Officers

Lucy Podmore, Chair
Brooke King, Chair-Elect
Jill Bellomy, Past-Chair & Web Administrator
Amanda Hunt, Councilor
Emma McDonald, Alternate Councilor
Andrea Keller, Secretary
Abby Harrison, Independent School Chair

 

Committees

  • Administrator of the Year Award
  • Legislative/Advocacy
  • Media Virtual Presence (MVP) Award
  • Nominations
  • Scholarship
  • Shirley Igo Award
  • Membership
  • TxASL Talks Editorial Board
  • Operating Procedures
  • Teacher Day @ TLA
  • Independent School Discussion Group

Committee Responsibilities 

Make your voice heard! Volunteer for a 2022-23 TASL Committee!

For more information about TASL,

  • review the Operating Procedures (approved April 12, 2022).
  • review the minutes of the latest Executive Board meeting (May 10, 2022).
  • review the minutes of the latest Business Meeting (April 12, 2022).

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