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Tennessee Library Association

2018 Annual Conference
April 4-6, 2018
Memphis Hilton
939 Ridge Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38120


Welcome to the 2018 TLA Annual Conference!  This year's theme is All In, and we're planning a fantastic conference! #tnla18

Want to take advantage of the $129 conference rate?  Get your reservation at the Hilton Memphis and use the group code LA0403. Deadline to make reservations at the conference rate is March 15th.

Want to register for a pre-conference?  Click here This will not register you for the full conference, but only pre-conferences. For more information about pre-conferences, please review the table below.

Want to register for the conference without a pre-conference?  Click here This will not register you for pre-conference events.  Please click above for pre-conference registration. 

Deadline for early bird pricing is March 15th. 

Please note: if you plan to register for pre-conferences on April 4th as well as attend the conference events on April 5th - 6th, you will need to use both registration forms.

Session information is coming soon!

Pre-Conference Programs Wednesday, April 4, 2018

8:00 – 11:00

Advocacy Boot Camp

Advocacy Boot Camp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. This program will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we'll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.

Building on the momentum and resources of ALA’s new public awareness and advocacy campaign, Libraries Transform, focuses on four key messages:

  • Libraries transform lives.
  • Libraries transform communities.
  • Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning.
  • Libraries are a smart investment.

The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement. Intellectual Freedom basics will also be covered. Attendees will focus on working on an advocacy plan that they can implement in their library.

Get Organized and Be All In

It’s hard to be “all in” if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of incoming emails, papers, and assignments! Join us for a hands-on workshop: you’ll learn how to tame the email monster (even if you have thousands of messages in your inbox), make sense of the piles of papers on your desk, and get a handle on the big picture of your multiple projects and work commitments. We’ll walk you through the process of building a time management system that works when the going gets rough. Set yourself up to be fully engaged at this conference by getting your day-to-day chaos under control. Bring your piles of papers and a laptop if possible, and get ready to experience clarity and calm!


1:00 – 4:00

New Ideas in Teen Services: Everything We Learned at the YALSA Symposium

Kate Greene Smith and Whitney Nelson attended the 2017 YALSA Symposium in Louisville, KY, in November, and they are sharing everything they learned with you. From creating fabulous volunteer programs, to the 5 Laws of Library Programs for Teens, to coding and technology for teens, they will bring you "all in" to the symposium, even if you weren't able to attend.

Emergency Response Training

The Public Library Section invites attendees to participate in a half-day training with the TBI to learn how to prepare for active shooter and other emergency situations within the library. While vital to the safety of our staffs and patrons, this type of training is often overlooked or otherwise unavailable. James Williams of the Training Division of the TN Bureau of Investigation will lead us in an interactive training on preparing and dealing with the unpleasant yet necessary realities of today's library.

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