Member of the Month

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LaMoya Burks 
Library Instructor, Adjunct Professor, and Faculty Advisor for Texarkana College

Professional experience
I have worked as an intern for the Mayor of Conway (AR), an advertising director, a director of testing, a TRIO specialist for the United States Department of Education, and a GED administrator. My earliest experience in a library was as a first semester college freshman in the periodicals department. With a passion for literacy, I was motivated to get involved and have served as an intern for the American Library Association Chapter Relations Committee, a member of the TLA’s Legislative Committee representing CULD, a member of TLA’s Black Caucus Round Table, and the current (2017-2018) chair of TLA’s District 5. 

Innovative library practices
An innovative library practice that I have been planning at our campus is to implement a mobile library that visits all buildings to increase student drive and assist in completing research. The goal is to engage students to create and learn beyond simply making a certain grade; simultaneously, we will demonstrate that the library setting can be enjoyable in many ways.   

Favorite book or literary character 
My favorite book is The Book of Joy. I always find encouragement in reading about the service and courage of Nelson Mandela, and I love how he connects with the Dalai Lama to provide us with examples of how willingness goes a long way. 

Most memorable TLA experience
My most memorable TLA experience was my first time attending the TLA Annual Conference. It was an impactful experience – from the countless network opportunities to bonding moments with my supervisor, and from getting to visit Austin to supporting my profession’s association.  The energy was encouraging and sparked a surge of confidence to lead beyond the event.  

  

Created on May 31, 2016 | Last updated August 01, 2017