Today marks the last day of the Texas Library Association 2015 Annual Conference in Austin. TLA is unparalleled among state library associations for the depth and quality of programming including the dozens of sessions, hundreds of speakers and authors, the huge range of products in the exhibit hall and the many networking and social opportunities. The conference is a recharging experience, no matter how exhausted you might feel at any given moment.
This year’s conference included powerhouse general session speakers mega-bestselling author David Baldacci and television/radio journalist Cokie Roberts. Ms. Roberts surprised us pleasantly by ending her talk with a call to librarians to advocate for the resources they need to better serve their communities and clienteles. We were thrilled when she mentioned the importance of the TexShare program in particular.
TSLAC staff represented the agency capably and professionally in a number of workshops on topics including workforce programs, transitioning students from high-school to college, TexShare and TexQuest updates, distance learning, and fundraising for library foundations. And our booth in the exhibit hall this year was lively, inviting, informative, and exciting.
TSLAC values its partnership with TLA and applauds TLA leadership and Pat Smith and the TLA staff for presenting this important learning and networking opportunity to the Texas library community. We also appreciate TLA’s ongoing advocacy for library issues, including our agency appropriations requests.
Great conference and we’ll see everyone again in Houston in 2016.