Staff Highlight: Laura Tadena

Woman smiling, Laura Tadena

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our first staff highlight of 2020, I interviewed Laura Tadena, Library Development and Networking (LDN)’s new Inclusive Services Consultant on the Continuing Education and Consulting (CEC) team)!

What are your job responsibilities at TSLAC?

As the Inclusive Services Consultant, I will work towards ensuring Texas librarians are knowledgeable about and have the resources to engage their community in implementing inclusive, equitable services to all members of their diverse communities. I will also be working on statewide and national initiatives and other projects relating to inclusive services.

What projects are you excited to get started with?

I am really looking forward to visiting our libraries and highlighting some of the great work that our public libraries are doing for their communities across the state. I am also looking forward to developing and sharing training and tools around inclusive services, so keep an eye out for things to come!

What was the last book your read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed?

I am an avid reader, so this past year my favorite book from 2019 was Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It was informative and hilarious and gave me a deeper understanding of what it must have been like to have grown up during apartheid in South Africa. I am currently reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is a beautiful story about a young mother, who is a high school senior that loves to cook. It reminds me of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, which is also one of my favorite books because of the magical realism.

What is something about you that people don’t know?

I am really into plants and would turn my home and office space into a jungle if I was able to.

What drew you to this position?

I was excited about what this position could do for libraries in Texas and had also heard great things about working for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. I knew that this position would provide me the opportunity to do the work that I love to do while working alongside and learning from such amazing colleagues.

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