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District 8

Serving Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston area.

Welcome to District 8! Our district’s membership includes librarians, staff, trustees, full-time library students, and other interested individuals representing school, public, academic, and special libraries.


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We are located in Southeast Texas, including the counties of Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton. That’s 28 counties in all!

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TLA District 8 Fall Conference

Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

University of Houston, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library – 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204

Join us for our District 8 Fall Meeting & Conference, hosted at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library. The theme of this year’s conference is Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story. We are excited to feature Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton as our keynote speaker, along with a full day of programming from presenters across the District for a full day of programming, professional development, and networking. Refreshments in the morning and lunch will be provided.

Keynote & Book Signing: Deborah D.E.E Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton Portrait.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known writer, educator, activist, performer, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World (PSI), her poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination, was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award, and received honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. Its German translation, under the title “Berichtenswert,” was released in Summer 2021 by Elif Verlag. The opera, Marian’s Song, for which she wrote the libretto, debuted in 2020 to roaring reviews.

Honored by Houston Business Journal as a part of their 2021 40 Under 40 class, D.E.E.P. has been a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat. Her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany. She performed as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America event. Named a Houston Artist Commissioning Project award winner by the Society for the Performing Arts Houston, her second book, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth, was released in March 2023 by Henry Holt & Co. A storybook opera, entitled “Lula, the Mighty Griot,” which reinterprets one of the stories from Black Chameleon debuted in Spring 2022 with the Houston Grand Opera. Currently, she is a Resident Artist at the American Lyric Theater and Rice University. She lives and creates in Houston, TX. For more information visit

A book signing hosted by Kindred Stories will follow D.E.E.P.’s talk! Copies of Black Chameleon and Newsworthy will be available for purchase.

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Full Conference Program

The Program is now available! For session descriptions and parking information, please see our downloadable program.




9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Check-in & Refreshments
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Opening Program & Keynote Speaker: Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Book Signing & Visit with Exhibitors
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM Break
11:50 AM – 12:40 PM

Breakout 1A

Making the Leap: Our Experiences in Career Transitions Between Public, Academic and Other Libraries

Breakout 1B

Burn, Baby, Burn(out): What You Need to Know about Burnout in Library Settings

Breakout 1C  

Uncensoring Gender: Navigating Gender Identity and Censorship in Modern Libraries

12:40 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch & Visit with Exhibitors 
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Breakout 2A

Libraries, Democracy, and FREADom: A Program Model to Empower Students and Communities

Breakout 2B

Uncover Your Educational Journey Through Crafting Your Personal Narrative

Breakout 2C

The Story of Our Work: Communicating through Assessment and Evaluation

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Breakout 3A

Unpacking “Journal Club”: Supporting Scholarship, Research, and Each Other

Breakout 3B

First-Generation Librarian: Dealing with Challenges to Develop a Professional Librarian Identity

Breakout 3C

Hope > Hate: Collaborations with the Holocaust Museum Houston

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Program & Door Prize Giveaway

Thank You to Our Exhibitors!

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Library Interiors of Texas

Arte Publico Press – University of Houston

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 Del Alma Publications

Gumdrop Books 

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Gulf Coast Reads


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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2023 – 2024 District 8 Officers

Chair: Kate McNally Carter, University of Houston

Chair-Elect: Celeste Bleu, Harris County Public Library

Past Chair: Monica Babaian, Fort Bend ISD

Secretary: Heather Swanner, Houston ISD

Treasurer: Cheryl Loewen, Moore Memorial Public Library

Councilor: Katie Smith, Brazoria County Library System

Councilor-Alternate: Jennifer Holland, University of Houston

Web Administrator: Allison Dominguez, Katy ISD

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