Welcome to the Retired Librarians Round Table!

Beginnings: Introduced to TLA Council by convener Tina Hager in July 2012, ALIVE: The Retired Librarians Interest Group maintained membership of 100 or more for three years, and was redesignated the Retired Librarians Round Table (RLRT) by Council vote on 10 July 2015 during the TLA Annual Assembly in Austin, Texas.

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TLA 2017 San Antonio Retirement Fun!!!

The Retired Librarians Round Table sponsored a program at annual conference called "Fill Your Bucket List: Create a Retirement Game Plan."  It was attend by over 90 people! Everyone was very engaged in lively discussion on 3 important topics: health, travel, and learning new skills.  You can find the discussion questions and a very extensive resource list here

The RLRT also sponsored a Tea Celebrating Library Pioneer Elizabeth Howard West at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. There were 31 tickets sold. Matt Dewaelsche from the San Antonio Public Library spoke about Ms. West and her contributions to librarianship in Texas. Janis Test, a librarian at Abilene Public Library and Ms. West’s great-niece, shared family stories. Following the program, docents from the Museum offered tours.


*NEW resource: Getting Ready to Retire Checklist from ALA's Retired Members Round Table



OFFICERS 2017-2018

Chair – Kathy Hoffman - hoffman.kathy@gmail.com
Chair-Elect – Karen Hopkins
Secretary/Treasurer – Syma Zerkow
Councilor – Judie Lutz
Alternate Councilor - Melinda Townsel
Past Chair - Debbie Hall
Webmaster - Mary Jo Humphreys

TLA April 2017 Retired Librarians Round Table Program:

Fill Your Bucket List: Create a Retirement Plan Resource Guide – This guide put together by your recently retired Texan librarian friends includes books and links about general retirement tips, new skills resources, health, travel, and finances.



-Employees Retirement System of Texas

-Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Exploring Interests and Buidling Connections

-AgeLab at MIT : Participate in research studies aimed at increasing the quality of life across the lifespan

-American Association of Retired Persons : articles, quizzes, games, discounts, etc. 

-Encore : Conneting people in later life with opportunities for work that benefits society 

-National Council on Aging : Aging Matery program and support

-Next Avenue News, articles, profiles and advice for seniors and retirees

-Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians (ALA Editions)

-RetireWOW : Panel of experts offere advice on topics of interest 

-Retired Brains : Primary focus on continuing to work and resources 

-Seniors Love to Know : Advice and articles on “senior” topics 


-TIAA-CREF Financial Services, Life Insurance, and Guidance information 

-2017 Texas Investment Guide : A publication of the Texas State Securities Board (pdf)

-Consumer Guide to Financial Self-Defense (pdf)


-Medicare information on healthcare, benefits, etc. 

-Silver Sneakers : Fitness program for seniors that may cover memberships to gyms, YMCAs, etc. depending on medical insurance 


Fill Your Bucket List: Create a Retirement Plan Resource Guide (see the travel books and website links towards the end of the document)

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Created on Oct 1, 2012 | Last updated June 01, 2017