Texas Library Association Conference 2013: I WON A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND!!!

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Conferences on February 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Texas Library Association Black Caucus Roundtable

I received some good news this morning and I wanted to share it with you. I normally blog once a month, but I could not let this moment pass. Remember to always follow your dreams, go out for opportunities, and never look back! I’m so excited to be attending TLA 2013 and can’t believe that I WON!!!! 

Dear Winner Congratulations:

On behalf of the Texas Library Association’s Black Caucus Roundtable, the roundtable has announced its 2013 TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends for the 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013).

Winners are: Peace Ossom-Williamson graduate,Texas Woman’s University- School of Library and Information Studies and kYmberly Keeton, graduate student, University of North Texas- College of Information. Both students sent in all required documents before the due dates and all information was correct.  

The TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends are two (2) stipends of $500.00 each to be awarded to African decent students enrolled as full-time or part-time students at an American Library Association accredited university or a NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accredited program and pursing a Library Science or Information Science/MLS/MLIS or certification requirement in library information services area in Texas.

The student must be a TLA and TLA Black Caucus member at the time of winning the conference stipend. The conference stipend is designated to cover expenses to attend the Texas Library Association Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013). Applicants are judged on an essay of 250 words (minimum) describing how the applicant will benefit from attending the 2013 Texas Library Conference.

Winning students, please contact me for more information on the receiving of your conference stipends. Congratulations to you both for winning the 2013 TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends for the 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013).  The TLA Black Caucus will look forwarded to meeting you both during 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.


Kimberly M. Gay, B.S.; M.L.S.

TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipend Chair

Reference and Instruction Librarian

John B. Coleman Library

Prairie View A&M University

About Texas Library Association:

Now a century old, TLA is the largest state library association in the U.S. Its 7,000+  members are employed in all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special). TLA’s membership also includes library vendors and citizens who support libraries as trustees, members of Friends of the Library organizations, and library users.

The Texas Library Association was established in 1902 to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

TLA Virtual Action Day • February 12, 2013

This year, TLA is asking supporters to conduct a virtual campaign in support of libraries on February 12, 2013. Rather than hosting a traditional Legislative Day, this year we want to emphasize grassroots action.

While some library supporters may opt to come to Austin for in-person visits, the focus on Legislative Virtual Action Day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy.

It is critical this session to focus on grassroots activities and have advocates make strategic visits at home districts prior and throughout the session. So, while an actual Legislative Day will not be held in 2013, TLA will offer many opportunities for advocacy and visiting with legislators during strategic times throughout the session.

Participating in Virtual Action Day: Take the time to call your state senator and representative. Tell them about the incredible services your library provides.

Make a commitment to get people writing and communicating about critical statewide issues. Organize a letter-writing campaign, tweet-up, and other virtual campaigns and activites to get people talking about libraries.

Recruit friends groups, students, faculty, and supporters to join the effort. It is particularly important to have administrators, city or county officials, and parents contact elected officials on behalf of libraries and library users.

If you haven’t already checked out the incredible survey results, see the full survey findings.

Here are just a statistics on Texas voter support for libraries.

  • Texas voters agree public libraries are a good value for the tax dollar (94%, including 70% who strongly agree) and deserve more funding (87%, including 62% who strongly agree).
  • Strong majorities support increasing public funding for both public (81%) and school (82%) libraries. In fact, at least seven in ten voters across every demographic, geographic and political segment support increased funding for both public and school libraries.
  • Nearly all Texans (99% including 84% who strongly agree) believe school libraries are an essential part of the education experience and more than nine in 10 agree (94%) that school librarians are critical to student achievement.

More Information Here

  1. Congratulations on winning.

  2. Congrats on winning. I also won a scholarship to go earlier this year, and I also know who Kimberly M. Gay is, she hired me to work the reference desk at TAMU-C while I was an undergrad, and she was a practicum student. It is a big part of the reason why I am a librarian now because of my experience as an undergrad working the reference desk.

    Kimberly Gay is very exuberant if you have never met her, and once you meet her, you can’t forget her.

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