Magazine article Texas Library Journal


Magazine article Texas Library Journal


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Pat Smith Receives Award

On Monday, September 18, Pat Smith was honored with the Distinguished Life Member designation from the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) at their annual Awards Luncheon.

The designation, given by the TSAE board, recognizes individuals for their distinguished service to TSAE and continual membership for 10 or more years. Pat has been a TSAE member since 1987, volunteered for countless committees and served as the organization's Board of Directors chair in 2010-2011. TSAE currently has 19 Distinguished Life Members in its membership of 1,000.

Former Dean of UT School of Information Honored

Andrew Dillon, former dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, was recently commemorated with a $50,000 endowment. Faculty, staff, friends and colleagues joined together to fully fund the Andrew P. Dillon Award for Social Justice in Information. The annual prize will be awarded to an outstanding student or faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the area of social justice and information. Dillion stepped down as dean at the end of August, and after a yearlong sabbatical, will return to the iSchool as a professor.

Harvard Student Wins Book Collecting Prize

Xavier Gonzalez, a graduate of St. John's School in Houston and rising senior at Harvard College, won first place in the 2017 Harvard University Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting. His collection is called "Books That Count: Books and DVDs calculated to inspire children and young adults to explore the wonderful world of mathematics"

"I learned to love mathematics through story telling. One book in particular, The Number Devil, showed me how mathematics is beautiful, exciting and connected," Xavier stated. "For me, mathematics is a story, with a beginning and middle, but with no end. So too is my collection of math books."

The Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting was established in 1977 to recognize and encourage book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard.

TLA Welcomes New Executive Director

After an extensive national search, the Texas Library Association (TLA) appointed Dana Braccia as the new Executive Director starting October 1, 2017. Braccia brings a diverse range of experience and expertise in innovative library and operational management as well as member relations and industry partnerships to the association.

Braccia has been an active leader in the library community since becoming a librarian in 2005. She is a past- president of the Mountain Plains Library Association and mentor for their Leadership Institute, as well as a former American Library Association councilor. …

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