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Vol. 95, No. 4, Winter

Voter Registration Events
Texas law requires high schools to register eligible students to vote twice a year. The Texas Election Code mandates that the principal of each public and private high school in Texas or the principal's designee, serve as the high school deputy registrar...
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Vol. 95, No. 3, Fall

A Fair Use Refresher Part I: Nuts and Bolts
As many of you may have heard, Houston Independent School District (HISD) recently lost a copyright infringement lawsuit to DynaStudy, a publisher of educational tools. The Southern District of Texas court found that HISD had infringed DynaStudy's copyrights...
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Vol. 95, No. 2, Summer

Comic Book Day
On Wednesday, April 17, the Texas Library Association held its very first Comic Book Day during annual conference. Comic Book Day was created to celebrate all things comic, graphic novel, and pop culture fandom; and how this culture can be shared in...
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Thank You
Almost 7,000 library professionals gathered in Austin April 15 - 18 for a week Ailed with learning, laughs, and fun. More than 325 education sessions and programs presented by 700+ leaders, policy experts, authors and innovators from Texas and beyond...
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Vol. 93, No. 1, Spring

Inspiring 2017 General Session Speakers
Cory DoctorowGENERAL SESSION IThursday, April 20 | 8:15-9:45amFormer European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cory Doctorow is the Activist-in-Residence for the MIT Media Lab, a visiting professor of computer science at Open University,...
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Vol. 92, No. 3, Fall

Innovation: Ideas, Values, & Meaning
Innovation is a key measure for successful libraries and librarians. But it is more than novel ideas; it is better defined as "translating an idea or concept into something that creates value."Creating value is key. My curious mind has always overflowed...
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Onward!
The Texas Library Association is a world-class organization that is populated by incredible people and soars to be even more than its extraordinary parts. The power of TLA has always come from its members and leaders. We all share a passion for what...
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Dual Credit in Texas: Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries
Dual enrollment in its various forms has been around for decades, but you may be hearing about it more than ever lately. The number of high school students taking college courses for postsecondary credit has grown over 7% annually nationwide during the...
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DISCOVERY & MAKING in the Library: Two Specialized Spaces in Austin Community College Libraries
Exciting things are happening in the libraries of Austin Community College!Not only is our cutting-edge, specialized Discovery Center Project Enable celebrating the anniversary of five highly successful years later this year, but our new and innovative...
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Librarians Still Needed
This interaction was a common occurrence in libraries before myriad of opportunities afforded by digital technologies. Today, we may never even see many of our customers, and those customers never have fines. Why? They are customers of the Austin Public...
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Katelyn's Arm
I ive-year-old Katelyn Vincik was born without a fully developed left hand and is on a waiting list for a professional prosthetic device. Through their research and contacts, her parents learned about the e-NABLE Community (enabling thefuture.org), a...
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Introducing the Copyright & Access Interest Group!
Gretchens StoryWhen I began providing copyright workshops fifteen years ago, the reason I most often heard from librarians requesting a workshop for their institution was something like "The librarians in our district need to know more about copyright."...
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BANNED BOOKS Week
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year, communities and libraries celebrated September 25-October 1.Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists,...
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Doubles Down on Vendor Content
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission's (TSLAC) TexQuest program recently doubled its vendors from three to six and saw five new resources go live on June 15, 2016. The new vendors are EBSCO, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks. The TexQuest program...
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The Texas Book Festival & Librarians: A Partnership from the Beginning
As most of you know, the Texas Book Festival was launched in 1995 by then First Lady of Texas Laura Bush and a committed group of volunteers, including librarians. The Book Festival bloomed out of a desire to advance literacy efforts in the state, support...
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Texas Book Festival Announces the 2016 Poster Featuring Artist Jack Unruh
The 2016 Texas Book Festival poster was selected in honor of Jack Unruh, the legendary Texas artist and illustrator who passed away in May 2016. Unruh's iconic work appeared in many major publications over the years, including The Texanist column in...
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Continuing Education
connect to knowOCTOBEROctober 6,1 pmDealing with Even More Difficult Situations(.AZ WEBINAR SERIES FOR SUPPORT STAFF )This program features advanced customer service training (frontline and behind the scenes) including types and levels of service, scripts...
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Awards, Scholarships, Stipends, & Grants
The association and individual units in TLA sponsor post-baccalaureate scholarships, grants, and conference stipends. Visit the website for details on these award and funding opportunities. The acronyms refer to units within TLA. "RT" designates Round...
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Vol. 91, No. 4, Winter

President's Perspective
Are you ready?Conference 2016 in Houston "Open Libraries Open Opportunities" will soon Open and promises to be filled with Opportunities. There will be opportunities for everyone to find something they need, something they like, and something they want.The...
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Texas Libraries: By the Numbers
Every couple of years, I write a year in review piece that offers some statistics on library services in Texas. Be warned: looking at library statistics is a bit of comparing apples to oranges to trees. Data sources are from both state and federal agencies,...
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Creating a Transformative Library Vision
I would like to begin the blog post by thanking all of the librarians, teacher-librarians, hybrarians, and Twitterbrarians across the state for the leadership and support you offer your campuses, teachers, students, and the community each day. Districts...
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School Librarians and Expectations
Tess strode into the room. All those who had been awaiting her arrival let out a collective sigh. She was finally here. Even those who did not yet know they would need her took notice of her presence. Her long luxurious hair flowed majestically behind...
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Creating Money Smart Students: Using Money Smart Week® as a Platform for Outreach in an Academic Library
We've all heard the saying, "Money makes the world go round," so it should come as no surprise that people in every stage of life can benefit from learning more about money matters. From young children learning the value of the dollar and the importance...
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ACTION ITEMS for New Librarians
A librarian's first year of professional work is full of expectations - both from the new librarian and the employer. Job responsibilities can range from serving as the LibGuides administrator to library instructor for first-year English composition...
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Vol. 91, No. 3, Fall

President's Perspective
As TLA president, I have been extremely fortunate to meet many new people. Some are new to TLA, and some just new to me. One thing I have come away with is how excited and reassured I am for the future success of libraries in Texas and the world!Recently,...
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Remembering a True Library Champion: Dr. Robert Tocker
This past spring, the Texas library community lost a staunch supporter and a true philanthropist. Dr. Robert Tocker, longtime chairman of the Tocker Foundation, passed from this world with the same grace and dignity that he demonstrated each day of his...
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Reviving the Library Movement for the 21st Century
I have found over the last two years that when you work in this job, you learn a lot about history. Not only have I taken a crash course in Texas history (which is good since it has been a long time since seventh grade), I have also learned a lot about...
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At the Frontlines: Making Library Magic
A few weeks ago, I asked members of our library community - particularly those new to the field - to tell me about the great and innovative work they were conducting in their libraries. I was absolutely floored by the responses. People from all types...
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DIY SKILLS: Upgrading for the Teaching Librarian
A surprising majority of librarians will find themselves responsible for teaching at one point or another. This seems to happen regardless of library type or the individual's job title. In academic libraries, most librarians who interact with students...
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Planning for THE FUTURE
The library community is an evolving community. Looking at the rate of change in libraries in recent years, it is clear we are in a profession that changes and evolves to serve our communities. Strategic planning is one way in which we clarify the purpose...
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In-Conversation with STEPHANIE ANDERSON
Acknowledged voracious reader Stephanie Anderson joins a growing group of booksellers turned librarian. Anderson now serves as assistant director of public services at Darien Library (CT). While her broad literary experiences offer great areas for discussion,...
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Pinterest Isn't Pedagogy
The summer before my second year of teaching, I spent four hours outside my classroom door, building a threedimensional butcher paper tree for a "Fall Into A Good Book" display. I burned my fingers with the glue gun multiple times and developed back...
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BANNED BOOKS & the Fight against Censorship
Letter from TLA to Hood County CommissionersThe Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) of the Texas Library Association (TLA) holds that the freedom to read is an embedded component of our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom on the press....
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Newsnotes
AWArds: nominate a Worthy Candidate!Chances are you have someone in your library system or in your life that you always say deserves an award for the work that they're doing, the projects or programs they're leading, or the support that they're giving...
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Continuing Education CORNER
TLA's CE Office has coordinated several programs on collaboration and partnerships to offer over the coming months. The 2015 AZ series for library support staff will conclude. Popular events like the TALL Texans Leadership Institute and the Texas Bluebonnet...
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Vol. 90, No. 3, Fall

TLA Institutional Members
TLA offers a membership that fits your institution. With outstanding benefits, membership in TLA brings discounts, expertise, and learning opportunities at a great value.Institutional Membership Benefits: Overview* Reduced rates for Nonprofit Liability...
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