District 1

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Serving the Big Country and the Concho Valley

Welcome to District 1 of the Texas Library Association! Our District's membership includes over 200 Librarians, Staff, Trustees, full-time Library students, and other interested individuals representing school, public, academic, and special libraries. We are located in the "Big Country" and Concho Valley regions of Mid-West and West Texas.

Our 32 counties include: Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Crockett, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Irion, Jones, Kent, Kimble, Knox, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mitchell, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, Shackelford, Schleicher, Scurry, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton andd Tom Green.  The major metropolitan areas within this region consist of Abilene (MSA pop. 157,322) and San Angelo (MSA pop. 104,830). District 1 includes 32 Texas counties with a total population of 473,203 covering over 34,257 square miles.

Environmentally, this diverse area can be divided a variety of ways: by geology, weather, water resources, vegetation, etc. However, perhaps the most helpful and detailed way of characterization is by Land Resource Region, which then provides additional information regarding the other categories. District 1 is primarily composed of the Texas North-Central Prairies, Central Rolling Red Plains, and Edwards Plateau; but some counties also contain land within the West Cross Timbers, Texas Central Basin, and the Southern Desertic Basins, Plains, and Mountains.


  Our next meeting will be at TLA in Dallas:  
Thursday, April 4th, 12:15pm-1:15pm.

                                                  Upcoming Events 

(1) Want to be a TALL Texan?  Then apply by January 26, 2018!  TALL Texans are graduates of the Texas Accelerated Library Leaders program, to be held June 10 through June 14, 2018 at the Montserrat  Retreat Center in Lake Dallas.  The application can be found at http://www.txla.org/TALL-texans-apply.


Basic requirements for applicants are five years of experience working in a library and membership in the Texas Library Association by February 1.  Applications will be evaluated on the basis of communication skills, the ability to translate a learning experience into the workplace, and a dedication and passion for improving libraries and the library profession.  


Attendees will not only have the opportunity to learn skills necessary to be an effective leader in their workplace, but also to learn about themselves – their leadership style, career goals, and communication style.  The Institute is a career-changing opportunity and provides skills that are used well beyond the Institute.  Connecting with colleagues for career-long friendships is an additional benefit of the TALL Texans experience.


The Institute is taught by Maureen Sullivan, a past president of ALA, and her husband, Jack Siggins, a former director of the George Washington University Library.  Six mentors, who are senior librarians from across the state, will also contribute to the learning experience.  To continue the experience, applicants will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the Personal Action Agendas developed at the Institute.


The fee is $850, which includes classroom instruction, materials, room and board (with a roommate) for the four days.  A private room is available for an additional $125.  For more information, please refer to http://www.txla.org/texas-accelerated-library-leaders.


District 1members can apply for a stipend to help with the costs of attending Tall Texans.


(2) STEAM@Your Library at the Abilene Public Library Monday, March 5th, 9am-5pm.

(3) Lib-Con at the Abilene Public Library, Apr. 25-28.


Created on Aug 31, 2010 | Last updated January 23, 2018