Library Supporters Network
6320 Southwest Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76109
About the Library Supporters Network
The Library Supporters Network is a Special Interest Group (SIG) falling under the auspices of the Texas Library Association (TLA) District 7 bylaws by agreement with the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS), which assists by providing structure and administrative support. Any District 7 member interested in library supporter issues is invited to join.
During the first annual Children's and Youth Librarians Conference of North Texas, NTRLS staff became aware of a need for a regional network for all library staff and supporters sharing an interest in the conference theme. That idea led to the creation of four Special Interest Groups for Library Youth Services, Library Technology, Library Supporters, and Library Program Planners.
NTRLS has always served public libraries in its geographic area, but in recent years the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has encouraged NTRLS to also assist other types of libraries including academic, school and special libraries. Since a structure for serving multi-type libraries already existed in the Texas Library Association's districts, NTRLS proposed the SIGs as a way to utilize the synergy existing between the two organizations.
The SIG holds periodic meetings for networking and discussion of business. Some meetings take place online via chat. Meetings are called and conducted by District 7 officers.
The SIG also maintains an email discussion list where members can network. Archives of the discussion list are available online. Other features will be added in the future to support the online environment for peer networking.
The SIG's annual regional conference is organized by NTRLS staff with the assistance of an advisory steering committee. A pool of volunteers contributes to make the conference a success. Conferences typically have a keynote speaker, multiple tracks of breakout sessions, and an exhibit hall featuring product and service providers.
Each conference offers new, relevant information to school and public library staff and supporters who work with library programs, while also providing an environment in which to explore opportunities to expand networks, to share resources and to build partnerships among school and public libraries.
Future plans for this SIG include extended features for online peer networking, such as online chats, blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 innovations. As the SIG website is enhanced and the other District 7 / NTRLS SIGs come online, members will also be able to maintain online profiles and contact lists.