Apr 3, 2012

Texas Library Association Conference - 2012 #TXLA12

It's that time of year! In TWO weeks, the largest state-wide library conference will start. This year, we are all Houston bound! Last October I gave a little sneak peak into some of the amazingness that will happen. Check it out HERE. I'll be presenting on Tuesday and moderating the "Right Now" panel with Katie Ellison, Madeline George, Jessi Kirby, Morgan Matson, Megan Miranda, and Jackson Pearce on Thursday. Also, I'll be volunteering for YARTs TT4L and the Texas Tea.

This post will fill you in on everything you need to know. If you have any questions, ask below and I'll try to help! We hope you join us!

April 17 - 20th, 2012
Houston Convention Center
Registration is still open
Exhibit Hall Pass for the week is $20 (online or at door)
No need to be a librarian to attend, although a TLA membership is super rad!

NO wheels on the exhibit floor
You can bring up to 5 items to be signed per author, per visit
Bag checks will be in Exhibit Hall C (Lobby) and D near Placement Center - $3 per bag
US Post office in the Exhibit Hall during hall hours
Get the TXLA 12 phone app - it's super easy to use
Parking ranges from $10-$19 depending on location. Map and rates HERE
Being a volunteer is cool! I'm doing it, she's doing it, we're all doing it. More info HERE

Author Info:
A list of authors who are signing can be found HERE
A printable list can be found HERE
Exhibit hall map can be found HERE
List of exhibitors can be found HERE
The TXLA 12 app has the signing times for the authors (booth and author area)

*TX author Joy Preble will have her ARCs of Anastasia Forever (Sourcebooks)
*TX author Nikki Loftin will have her ARCs of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy (Razorbill)

Hours for Registration:
Tuesday, April 17: 10 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, April 18: 7 AM – 4 PM
Thursday, April 19: 7 AM – 4 PM
Friday, April 20: 7 AM – 11AM

Exhibit Hall:
Tuesday, April 17: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Welcome Party in the Exhibit hall)
Wednesday, April 18: 10:15 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, April 19: 9 AM – 4 PM
Friday, April 20: 9 AM – NOON

YART is hosting a Texas Tea with awesome authors- $20 at time of registration. I'll be there! More info and a list of authors HERE
YAHous author collective is hosting a reception with giveaways and sweets on Wednesday, 4/18 from 3-4pm at Pat Anderson's Overlooked Books booth
The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels will host a reception at booth #2629 on Wednesday, 4/18 from 4-5pm
I am still working on a possible get together for Thursday night. Stay tuned....

Let me know if you make it down, would love to visit with you!


  1. YAY! Thank you so much for posting all this info. I'm looking forward to another fabulous year at TLA

  2. So glad to have this info! I've got to figure out how to get down there Thursday for Veronica Roth!!

  3. I can't wait! I'm so excited to attend. Looking forward to seeing you again, Jen! :)

  4. Thank you for posting all of this, Jen! I really can't wait for my first TLA conference! :D

    Now, I did have a possible silly question. I purchased a ticket for the Texas Tea, but will we receive an e-ticket or will it be given when we get to the conference? Still new, but really looking forward to the Tea and I want to make sure everything's in order.

    Thanks again for putting together this informational post!

  5. Yes, when you check in at the conference, they will have your ticket for the Texas Tea.


  6. I just signed up to volunteer - can't wait!!

  7. I'm so jealous! I wish I could make it but sadly I'm still at school in DC at that time. Definitely next year. it's just that it's at Houston this year and I'm from there! Ya'll have fun!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  8. Thanks Jen for posting all this helpful info in one place :) I have already purchased my exhibit hall pass & plan to be there on Thursday! Can't wait!!

  9. Jen, thanks so much for this! I was feeling a bit apprehensive about this, since it'll be my first conference, but I feel much better now <3 I hope to have a chance to meet you!

  10. I wish I was able to go again this year... but will be out of town until the day of! I had a blast last year and hopefully next year I will be able to volunteer again!!

  11. This is so awesome Jen!! Thank you so much for the info. I will see you there :) Do you know, by any chance, if I can still buy a ticket for the Texas Tea if I already purchased my exhibit's pass?

  12. Super excited!!! Let me know about Thursday night please :)

  13. I hope I get a chance to meet you there, Jen! I always hear so much about you... I'll be there as a signing author on Thursday and Friday (at YART's author table and at Overlooked Books in the Exhibitor Hall.) This is my first time to go, so I'm soooo excited!! :)

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