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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.

Coming Soon- TASL Lunch and Learn Archives 

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.
  • TASL 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

Kristi Starr, Chair
Jill Bellomy, Chair-Elect
Richelle O’Neil, Past-Chair
Nicole Cruz, Councilor
Jen Hampton, Alternate Councilor
Linda Kay, Secretary
Mary Packard, Private Schools

Committees

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

Committee Responsibilities 

Make your voice heard! Volunteer for a TASL Committee!

For more information about TASL, review the Operating Procedures and minutes from the most recent Executive Board meeting.

 

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Between the Lines: January Member Spotlight

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Mary Seaman, Director Bertam Public Library   What inspired you to become a librarian? I became a librarian mainly because I love books, but I became a director because of the community. I realized that I loved being able to share a passion of mine with others. There is something so great about a patron coming […]

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