TEA Seeks Input on ESSA Implementation

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched an online survey offering parents, taxpayers and the general public an avenue to provide input on the state's implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The deadline for completing the ESSA Public Input Survey is November 18.

Created on Oct 21, 2016 | Last updated October 21, 2016

ESSA and Texas School Libraries

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind, includes new library-related provisions that identify effective school library programs as essential to the education of school children. ESSA does not define an effective school library program, nor does it require or mandate school librarian staffing, whether certified or not.

Created on Oct 21, 2016 | Last updated October 21, 2016

TASL Advocacy

Do Districts Have to Hire Librarians?   

In Texas, school districts have discretionary authority over school library staffing and programs. Neither state nor federal statute requires that a school librarian be assigned to every campus.  However, state regulations do address library facilities, certified librarians, and state standards for school libraries. 

Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) has produced two resources for school librarians around the state:

Created on Oct 10, 2016 | Last updated October 10, 2016

Nominate a Deserving Candidate

TLA Award Nominations are Open!  

Each year, TLA honors individuals, libraries, supporters, and projects with the TLA Awards; and the association depends on its membership to identify worthy candidates. 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 in their community.

Created on Oct 2, 2016 | Last updated October 02, 2016

TALL Texans Leadership Institute Applications are Open

Application forms for the 2017 TALL Texans Institute are open as of October 1 and must be submitted by January 27. This seminar, which trains 24 librarians from all types of libraries on advanced leadership and management techniques, will be held July 16-20 at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, TX.

Created on Oct 2, 2016 | Last updated October 02, 2016

TLA 2017 Slate

 The Executive Board Candidates

The Nominating Committee has announced the following candidates for the 2017 election.  Thank you to these outstanding individuals for their willingness to serve the association in such an important manner.

The election will open on February 16.  To be eligible to vote, members must be current 2017 members by February 1, 2017.

Created on Sep 22, 2016 | Last updated September 22, 2016

A Successful Powered Libraries Response

 Over 300 Programs Participate in #PoweredLibraries

What an exciting array of innovative programs and activities that were celebrated in Texas libraries on September 15!  The Texas Library Association praises the outstanding contributions of Texas librarians who participated in our first Power Up at Your Library Day.

Created on Sep 16, 2016 | Last updated September 22, 2016

Save Copper Mountain Library


TLA's Open Letter to Killeen Mayor and City Council Members

AUSTIN – The following open letter was released by the Texas Library Association (TLA) and addressed to Killeen Mayor and City Council Members in regards to Killeen's Copper Mountain Library Branch.

Created on Sep 12, 2016 | Last updated September 12, 2016
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