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Invitation to the D5 Conference Oct 15th


Announcing our speakers:

Suzanne Sears 

Suzanne Sears

Dean of Libraries
Texas Woman’s University


District 5 is honored to welcome Suzanne Sears to our Fall Conference. Ms. Sears is an inspiring leader with a background in government documents as well as public & academic librarianship. She is currently Dean of Libraries at Texas Woman’s University, new to the position in 2016.  Previous to joining TWU, Ms. Sears was the Associate Dean for Public Services at the University of North Texas.  She joined the UNT Libraries in August 2007 after working for the Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) for 23 years.  The majority of her career, prior to becoming an administrator, was spent as a Reference Specialist and Government Documents Librarian. Ms. Sears recognizes the importance of training at all staff levels, and believes that continual learning is an essential part of keeping libraries relevant.

Under her direction, TCCL received the inaugural Federal Depository Library of the Year Award in 2003 and UNT received theFederal Selective Depository of the Year Awardin 2015. She was appointed to the Depository Library Council in 2008, serving as Chair in 2011.  She also served as Chair of the ALA Government Documents Round Table from July 2013 to July 2014.  Ms. Sears is the recipient of the 2014 Texas Library Association’sGovernment Documents Round Table/Marcive Knowledge is Power Award and the 2014 Texas Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award. She contributed heavily to the development of the UNT Libraries Strategic Plan 2011-2015 and UNT Libraries Strategic Plan 2015-2018. 

For more information about Ms. Sears, please see this 2016 TWU news release & pages 8 & 9 of the Fall 2012 issue of DttP.

  Jon Black 

Jon Black
Writer & Journalist


Jon Black has worked as a writer and freelance journalist for more than a decade. As a fiction writer, he is best known for the Bel Nem

eton series, blending historical fantasy and contemporary adventure, as well as the award-winning historical mystery story “Gabriel’s Trumpet.” His non-fiction work includes ghostwriting and music journalism, highlighted by original biographical research on Texas blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson and recording engineer Bob Sullivan.

His previous jobs including speechwriter and research director for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, local and state political reporter for the LaredMorning Times, and special assistant to the ambassador at the South Korean Embassy in Cairo.

Other bullets on his rather eclectic resume include archaeological excavator, Benjamin Franklin impersonator, graduate assistant, pizza jockey, small business owner, and summer camp counselor.
He previously served as an officer for two Austin-area non-profits, the World Affairs Council of Austin and the Alhambra Chamber.
Black’s educational background includes undergraduate studies in Interdisciplinary Social Science at the University of North Texas and Graduate Studies in Middle Eastern Studies at American University in Cairo.

He lives in Austin with his lovely archivist wife and two cats.

For more information about Mr. Black, please see his professional Facebook page, and his blog, "Jon Black Writes."





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Created on Apr 1, 2010 | Last updated September 06, 2018