TLA Round Tables

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The 29 TLA Round Tables reflect the diverse interests of the Association's members.

  • Acquisitions and Collection Development Round Table seeks to improve acquisitions in libraries, to encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques among libraries, and to foster relations with other branches of library service, such as publishers and vendors.
  • Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Round Table represents Texas librarians and archivists in the fields of genealogy and local history and promotes the preservation of and access to historical resources. [Archives and Local History Round Table merged with the Genealogy Round Table to form the Archives, Genealogy, and Local History Round Table.]
  • Automation and Technology Round Table promotes the use of technology for networking and resource sharing as well as administrative and technical support functions.
  • Black Caucus Round Table promotes library services to African-Americans and promotes the participation of African-American librarians at all levels of the profession and the Association.
  • Cataloging and Metadata Round Table offers individuals interested in cataloging and classification an opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about new developments, and discuss problems in the field.  
  • Children's Round Table promotes library service for children and young people and endeavors to stimulate interest in the literature for this age group.
  • Copyright and Access Round Table provide resoures and  a forum for sharing and increasing knowledge of copyright issues in libraries.
  • Digital Libraries Round Table promotes digital and data services by Texas academic, public, school, and special libraries and librarians.
  • Distance/E-Learning Round Table was formed to provide support, continuing education, and professional development opportunities to library staff.
  • Electronic Resources and Serials Management Round Table (E-SMART) promotes and improves the management of electronic resources and serials by fostering the exchange of information and relations among librarians, publishers, vendors, and other library organizations.
  • Exhibitors Round Table promotes greater communication between librarians and sales representatives.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table addresses issues of concern to constituent library staff and patrons.
  • Government Documents Round Table stimulates interest in government documents and the improvement of bibliographic and reference service for document collections.
  • Intergalactic Dance Club Round Table (previously the Doo-Wop Intergalactic RT) provides a forum to bring cultural enlightenment and to restore pitch, harmony, and levity to TLA.
  • Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Round Table promotes the improvement of interlibrary service Texas and fosters interlibrary cooperation among Texas libraries.
  • Latino Caucus Round Table (formerly LSSRT: Library Services to the Spanish Speaking Round Table) promotes library services to Spanish speaking populations.
  • Library Friends, Trustees, and Advocates Round Table  promotes the development of library services and provides for the exchange of ideas and experiences among library trustees and library supporters.
  • Library Instruction Round Table provides a forum for discussion of activities, programs, and problems of instruction in the use of libraries or information literacy; to contribute to the education and training of librarians for library instruction; to promote instruction in the use of libraries as an essential library service; and to serve as a channel of communication on instruction in the use of libraries.
  • Library Support Staff Round Table promotes continuing education opportunities for library support staff and promotes their participation at all levels of the profession and the Association.
  • New Members Round Table orients new librarians in the profession and acquaints them with TLA. It fosters a feeling of greater responsibility among the Association's newer members for the development of librarianship in Texas.
  • Programming for Adults Round Table addresses the needs of those who plan, organize, or implement adult programs at their library. This group is for anyone involved with book clubs, computer classes for the public, author visits, or other adult programs.
  • Reference & Information Services Round Table encourages the advancement of information, bibliographic, and research services in all types of libraries.
  • Retired Librarians Round Table, affirms that library professionals never close the book on their passion for libraries and literacy.
  • Small Community Libraries Round Table addresses the needs of directors, staff, and trustees of libraries serving communities with a population of 25,000 persons or less.
  • Storytelling Round Table promotes an appreciation of the art and tradition of storytelling, particularly its uses in the library setting; exposes TLA members to storytelling through education and performance; and encourages TLA members to share stories and storytelling.
  • Supervision, Management, and Administration Round Table (SMART, formerly Adminstration Round Table),  helps to find solutions for administrative problems, offers forums for presenting research and comments on administrative procedures, promotes top-quality library service, and encourages programs for continuing education for library administrators.
  • TALL Texans Round Table provides a forum for TALL Texan Institute alumni and others interested in leadership development to promote leadership development activities for Texas librarians.
  • Texas Authors and Illustrators Round Table connects the creative literary professionals within the association.
  • Young Adult Round Table brings together members who are concerned with the reading habits of teenagers and young adults and promotes improved library service to these individuals.
Created on Mar 4, 2013 | Last updated April 17, 2018