Archive/Statistics

This is a compilation of past conference attendance information. The type of library represented (academic, public, school and special) is based on each member's choice of membership division in TLA. See planning - future TLA Conference dates.

See our Comparison/Statistics of the TLA conference to other national and state conferences. In addition, see our TLA 2016 attendee survey and exhibitor survey results.

Questions? Contact Cindy Boyle, TLA Exhibits Manager.

2016 Houston

TLA 2015TLA had 472 exhibitors in 464 booths.  62 were new.

For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2016 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2016 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including LeVar Burton, Scott McClelland, and Dav Pilkey. 

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2016 Attendee Survey.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

5051 Attendees
1,116 Exhibitor Reps
6,167 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).

452

College and
University Libraries

900 Public Libraries
2503 School Libraries
66 Special Libraries
1130 No Preference
   

2015 Austin

       

2014 San Antonio

2013 Fort Worth 2012 Houston 2011 Austin 2010 San Antonio

2009 Houston

2008 Dallas 2007 San Antonio    

 

2015 Austin - Sync Up!

TLA 2015TLA had 480 exhibitors in 478 booths.  46 were new.

For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2015 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2015 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Cokie Roberts, David Baldacci, and Tish Hinojosa. 

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2015 Attendee Survey.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

6,327 Attendees
1,304 Exhibitor Reps
7,631 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).

517 College and University Libraries
968 Public Libraries
2,806 School Libraries
57 Special Libraries
1179 No Preference
800 Teens

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.


2014 San Antonio - Lead Out Loud

TLA 2014TLA had 458 exhibitors in 470 booths.  54 were new.

For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2014 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2014 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including James Patterson, Ron Suskind, and Henry Winkler.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2014 Attendee Survey.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

5,905
Attendees
1,259
Exhibitor Reps
7,164
Total Conference Attendance

 

 Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).

378 College and University Libraries
878 Public Libraries
2,441
School Libraries
69 Special Libraries
1572 No Preference
490 Teens

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

2013 Fort Worth - Promoting Our Values Proving Our Worth

TLA had 454 exhibitors in 470 booths.  37 were new, including the TLA sponsored “Connect to Know” membership booth.

For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2013 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2013 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including JR Martinez, Dan Ariely, Neil Gaiman, Andrew McCarthy, and Isabelle Allende.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2013 Attendee Survey.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

5,359
Attendees
1,121
Exhibitor Reps
6,480
Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member).

675 College and University Libraries
1,415 Public Libraries
2,445
School Libraries
68 Special Libraries
506 No Preference
250 Teens

 Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

2012 Houston - R4L: Relevant & Responsive & Revolutionary & Right Now 

TLA welcomed 439 exhibiting companies in the 479 booth show. Of those, 35 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2012 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2012 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Brad Meltzer.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2012 Attendee Survey.

Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

5,845
Attendees
1,260
Exhibitor Reps
7,105
Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

561 College and University Libraries
1075 Public Libraries
 2692 School Libraries
102 Special Libraries
885 No Preference
24 Private School Discussion Grp

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

2011 Austin - Libraries Crossing Boundaries Bibliotecas Cruzando Fronteras 

TLA welcomed 365 exhibiting companies in the 549 booth show. Of those, 63 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2011 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2011 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Greg Mortenson.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible!

See the results of the TLA 2011 Attendee Survey.

Here is the TLA 2011 Final Attendance breakout. Attendee counts are based on their TLA membership division:

6,150
Attendees
1,400
Exhibitor Reps
7,550
Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

656 College and University Libraries
1,508 Public Libraries
4,167 School Libraries
103 Special Libraries
600 Teens for Texas Libraries

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

2010 SAN ANTONIO - Filtering Choas from Information to Knowledge

TLA welcomed 370 exhibiting companies in the 550 booth show. Of those 370, 57 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2010 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2010 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Scott Simon and Julie Powell. 

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible! See the results of the TLA 2010 Attendee Survey.

Here is the TLA 2010 Final Attendance breakout. Attendee counts are based on the their TLA membership division:

6,402 Attendees
1,137 Exhibitor Reps
7,539 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

876 College and University Libraries
1,223 Public Libraries
4,255 School Libraries
96 Special Libraries

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

2009 HOUSTON - Creating Communities of Ideals and Innovation

TLA welcomed 495 exhibiting companies in the 642 booth show. Of those 495, 63 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2009 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2009 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Paula Poundstone and Gloria Steinem.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible! See the results of the TLA 2009 Attendee Survey.

Here is the TLA 2009 Final Attendance breakout.

Attendee counts are based on the their TLA membership division:

6,192 Attendees
1,214 Exhibitor Reps
7,406 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

715 College and University Libraries
1,423 Public Libraries
4,464 School Libraries
119 Special Libraries

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

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2008 DALLAS - Books Bytes & Beyond

Over 548 exhibiting companies were represented in the 659 booth show. Of those 548, 75 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2008 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. Revisit the TLA 2008 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, including Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, the Transforming Libraries Panel, and Kathy Patrick.

We thank our generous sponsors who make the conference possible! See the results of the TLA 2008 Attendee Survey.

Here is the TLA 2008 Final Attendance breakout.

Attendee counts are based on the their TLA membership division:

6,497 Attendees
1,658 Exhibitor Reps
8,155 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

645 College and University Libraries
1,375 Public Libraries
3,907 School Libraries
98 Special Libraries

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

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2007 SAN ANTONIO - Strong Libraries, Strong Communities

Over 541 exhibiting companies were represented in the 675 booth show. Of those 541, 65 were brand new exhibitors! For location of participating exhibitors or hall events, see the TLA 2007 Exhibit Hall Map. Attendees enjoyed authors who autographed in the Authors Area as well as autographed in sponsoring exhibitor booths. We thank our generous sponsors who support our conference! Revisit the TLA 2007 Conference Program which featured distinguished guests and speakers, especially general session speakers Isabelle Allende and Lynn Sherr.


Here is the TLA 2007 Final Attendance breakout.

Attendee counts are based on the their TLA membership division:

6,182 Attendees
1,664 Exhibitor Reps
7,846 Total Conference Attendance

Attendees represented by TLA Division (member) or type of library (non-member). 

607 College and University Libraries
1,237 Public Libraries
3,812 School Libraries
113 Special Libraries

Note: Counts may exceed the total numbers of attendees due to membership in more than one TLA division.

 

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How does TLA compare to other library conferences? Here is a comparison of booth pricing for recent and upcoming national and state conferences:

Library Conference 10'x10'
Booth Price
Attendee Count
Cost per Attendee
 American Library Assn 2014
 Las Vegas, NV
$2,225 13,019 $.17
 Texas Library Assn 2014
 San Antonio, TX
$1,410 5,905
$.24
 New York Library Assn 2013
 Niagara Falls, NY
$995 859 $1.15
 American Library Assn MW 2014
 Philadelphia, PA
$1,700 8,091 $.21
 New England Library Association 2013
 Portland, ME
$1,265 610 $2.07
 California Library Association 2013
 Long Beach, CA
$1100 1,022 $1.08
 Florida Library Association 2014
 Lake Buena Vista, FL
$700 671 $1.04

 

TLA 2013 Conference Attendee Survey Results - Questions Related to Conference Attendance

Q: Which of the following conferences DID you attend?*

Library Conference  
Respondents that Attended  
 ALA Midwinter 2013 24% (20)
 TCEA 2013 28% (23)
 ACRL 2013  6% (5)
 AASL Fall Forum  7% (6)
   34% (28)

Q: Which of the following conferences do you PLAN to attend?*

Library Conference  
Planned Attendance 
Texas Library Assn 2014   73% (383)
American Library Assn 2013 6% (34)
AASL Fall Forum 2013 2% (11)
PLA 2014  4% (21)
ALA Midwinter 2014 4% (22)
TCEA 2014  9% (50)

 *TLA 2013 Conference attendees surveyed, of which 477 responded. Get all of the TLA 2013 Conference Attendee Results here.

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Created on Jun 25, 2013 | Last updated January 18, 2017