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2018 Annual Conference April 3-6

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General Session I | Wednesday, April 4 | 8:15 - 9:45am

Rick StevesBroaden your global perspective with Rick Steves. Libraries and travel have much in common. Both expand our understanding by exposing us to different cultures and perspectives. Librarians and travel guides lead us to discover and appreciate the diverse world we live in. Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and popular public television series – believes there’s more to travel than good-value hotels, treat art, and tasty cuisine.

Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world. In this provocative presentation, Steves will explain how travel, whether overseas or through libraries, can be truly transformational, providing the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

General Session II | Thursday, April 5 | 4:00 - 5:00pm

Junot DiazBorn in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Díaz comes to TLA to discuss his debut picture book Islandborn, which captures the universal immigrant experience while celebrating our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us – to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

David LankesClosing Spotlight | Friday, April 6 | 1:30 - 2:30pm

David Lankes will lead us in developing an action plan for community engagement. Prepare for a future of fewer libraries and more librarians. The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. Join him to develop our action plan where librarians aspire to be exceptional, and communities can expect more from us.


Our closing spotlight session has a new, more interactive format this year. It’s the perfect way to bring the conference theme of community engagement full circle.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Program content from the winter issue of TLJ; download the mobile app for most current schedule.

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Librarians use information and technologies to foster positive changes in their community – be that a school or college campus, a town or city, or an organization or corporation. The 2018 conference theme, Perfecting Your Game: A Win for Your Community, delves into how quality library services and programs ensure that a win for our libraries is a win for our community.

When we reach the finish line of the 2018 Annual Conference, we will be in shape to:

  • engage stakeholders – using innovative and effective skills and tools
  • embrace multiple perspectives – and the diverse frames of reference of your constituents
  • partner to advocate – forming a game plan with others in your community
  • transform your community – through excellent customer service

Join us at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas in 2018 to participate in the active marketplace of ideas, library services, and educational resources. Expand your horizons. Strategize for maximum impact. Hit your target. Perfect your game!

Mobility Scooter Rentals are available from AABCO-Ready Rental. Contact for advance reservations: 972-412-3500

Bookcart Drill Team Competition: Grab your library team and compete to be the 2018 Champions! 

Created on Aug 20, 2015 | Last updated March 15, 2018