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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.

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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

Brooke King, Chair
Elizabeth Gilbert, Chair-Elect
Lucy Podmore, Past-Chair
Amanda Hunt, Councilor
Emma McDonald, Alternate Councilor
Andrea Keller, Secretary
Jillian Pratt, Social Media Chair
Jill Bellomy, Web Administrator & Executive Board Liaison 

Committees

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

Committee Responsibilities

 

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