Mar 18, 2014

Texas Library Association Conference & Meetup - 2014 #TXLA14

It's that time of year! In THREE weeks, the largest state-wide library conference will start. This year, we are San Antonio bound - think river walk, think shenanigans! I'll be presenting on Tuesday - PR on a Budget, and Thursday - Be Prepared: Best Practices for Scout Projects in the Library  I'll also be moderating the Women of YA panel bright and early on Friday after the YART business meeting. Join me and Ava Dellaira, Rachel DeWoskin,  Laini Taylor, Robin Wasserman, and a secret guest!

This post will fill you in on everything you need to know to attend TLA like a pro and info about a meetup that you don't want to miss. If you have any questions, ask below and I'll try to help!

April 8 - 11th, 2014
Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
Registration is still open
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 - Market Street Lobby - $3 per bag
US Post office in the Exhibit Hall during hall hours
The TXLA 14 app is only available to attendees who are registered

Parking ranges from $9-$15 and there are four garages - maps and directions 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 (authors sign in author area and in exhibit booths)
Schedule coming soon
The TXLA 14 app has the signing times for the authors (booth and author area)

Hours for Registration:
Wednesday, April 8: 7 AM - 5 PM
Thursday, April  9: 7 AM – 7 PM
Friday, April 10: 7 AM – 1 PM

Exhibit Hall:
Exhibit hall map can be found HERE
Exhibit hall pass for the week is $100 or $25 per day (online or at door)
Tuesday, April  8: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Exhibit Hall Grand Opening)
Wednesday, April 9: 10:15 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, April 10: 9 AM – 4 PM
Friday, April 11: 9 AM – Noon

YART (Young Adult Round Table) is hosting a Texas Tea with awesome authors on Thursday, the 10th - $30 at time of registration. They'll sell out, so get your tickets online. More info and a list of authors HERE

It's a YA bonanza! This year I am hosting a Literary Lonestars and YART meetup, a night for YA bloggers/librarians/authors/everyone else. Come hang out at Ritas on the River on 245 East Commerce right on the riverwalk on Wednesday, April 9th, 5:30pm - Way Too Late O'clock! This is an all-ages venue, but full bar. This event is casual, come and go, and a perfect place to talk shop, socialize, and meet YAers who YA as hard as you. Sign in the copter below so I can get a good head count. This invitation is open - BRING a friend, just put the name below. Questions? Email me or find me at @jenbigheart. Share that flyer like you mean it!  Map and menu here.

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