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TASL

Promotes library services and librarianship in school libraries in Texas.

With more than 4500 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

Jill Bellomy, Chair
Lucy Podmore, Chair-Elect
Kristi Starr, Past-Chair
Nicole Cruz, Councilor
Jen Hampton, Alternate Councilor
Linda Kay, Secretary
Abby Harrison, Private Schools

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
  • Private School Discussion Group

Committee Responsibilities 

Make your voice heard! Volunteer for a TASL Committee!

For more information about TASL,

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Special Session #1: The Texas Legislature is Back

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The first special session of the 87th Texas Legislature opened Thursday, July 8 and may last up to 30 days. Issues to be considered are limited to those set by Governor Greg Abbott in his proclamation calling the special session. Governor Abbott prioritized 11 issues including election and voter registration reform, bail system reform, protecting […]

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Between the Lines: July Member Spotlight

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Donald Cummings, Librarian Lady Bird Johnson Middle School Irving ISD   What inspired you to become a librarian? I have loved reading and libraries ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Conroe, and I was always at the local branch of the Montgomery County Library. I loved getting lost in those rows […]

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