2018 TLA Annual Conference Shifts to New Dates | April 3-6

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The TLA Executive Board has approved a change in the 2018 Annual Conference dates to April 3-6 in Dallas.  This change was necessitated by a shift in STAAR testing dates as recently announced by the Texas Education Agency.

After learning that the April 10-13 dates were in direct conflict with the new testing dates, TLA staff immediately contacted the City of Dallas to determine if there was any flexibility in the schedule.  We were pleased to learn on Friday, August 6 that another group agreed to exchange dates with TLA.

Changing conference dates is a very complex undertaking.  Contracts for the convention center and for TLA’s 11 hotels will be amended in the next few weeks.  Existing exhibit booth contracts, speaker contracts, etc. will subsequently be revised.

Please rest assured that if you have already made your hotel reservations your rooms will be secured for the April 3-6 dates. OnPeak, our housing vendor, will be reaching out mid-September with information regarding adjusting and re-confirming all reservations that have already been made. For anyone looking to make a new hotel reservation please wait for the housing website to re-open mid-September. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to txla@onpeak.com. Please add onPeak as well as TLA to your safe sender list (whitelist) to ensure that you receive future emails.

TLA conference dates are set 10 years in advance of an annual conference, and TLA makes every effort to avoid the STAAR testing schedule.  TLA has been in contact with the TEA Student Assessment Division and the Commissioner of Education to confirm that the new dates are in fact the final dates, and to urge consistency in scheduling future test dates.

Moving the 2018 TLA conference date is preferable to being in conflict with STAAR which would make it difficult for many school librarians to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered at a TLA conference.

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TLA is the largest state library association in the country with almost 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic, and special libraries and who support educational institutions. TLA offers a wide range of services, including advocacy, continuing education, research, and public relations. To learn more about TLA, visit www.txla.org or call 512-328-1518.

Created on Aug 16, 2017 | Last updated August 16, 2017