Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Fall's To-Do List

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Fall's To-Do List

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This time of year always feels to me more like the "new year" rather than January 1st. (And I've discovered you needn't have spent your life in a middle school library to feel this same way.)

It's a great time for planning, setting goals, and making lists. Here are some items for you to consider adding to your professional "to do" list this fall.

1 ATTEND YOUR FALL DISTRICT WORKSHOP.

Check the TLA website (http://www. txla.org/district-meetings) for the date and time for the workshop in your area. Districts are using "Best of the Best" funds to bring exceptional speakers and programs to the 10 district meetings. You can expect quality professional development, along with continuing education credits. An added bonus is the time you'll enjoy to network with public, academic, school, and special librarians who are working in your part of the state.

2 CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE TLA MEMBER IN YOUR LIBRARY, SCHOOL DISTRICT, OR COMMUNITY AND INVITE THEM TO JOIN OUR ASSOCIATION.

Don't forget library school students or retirees you may know. You can develop your pitch from the reasons I outlined in the summer issue of Texas Library Journal. There's no better investment in yourself or your career.

3 PARTICIPATE IN "LIBRARY SNAPSHOT DAY" IN OCTOBER.

You pick the day to highlight the activities taking place in one day in your library - any type of library. Snapshot Day is not only a time for promoting services and inviting the media; it also captures important information useful for future advocacy. TLA has an official Snapshot Day website (www. texaslibrarysnapshotday.org) to help you get started.

4 ADD OUR TLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO YOUR CALENDAR-APRIL 14-17, 2015.

Plan to be in Austin as we Sync Up! Imagine - Collaborate - Innovate with the newest and best trendsetters in our profession. Now is the time to talk to your supervisor about attending. You can plan on four days packed with more than 200 great sessions developed by TLA units and our hardworking Conference Committee, all linked to national and state standards. Our immense exhibit hall will showcase new library resources and technology. Preconferences will allow in-depth exploration of ideas. New this year, the Sync Up! Commons will provide a place to continue discussions prompted by programs and to meet up with other librarians and create your own mini-sessions. …

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