Professional Development

TLA Annual Conference Travel Stipend

The Tocker Foundation is pleased to provide travel stipends for staff at rural libraries to attend the TLA’s annual conference. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to learn from experts in the field, find new vendors in the exhibit hall, network with their peers, hear from authors as well gain valuable CEU’s at designated sessions.

Library staff in towns of 12,000 or less qualify to apply for this grant. First-time attendees are given priority in this grant selection. Apply early to plan for a full experience at the conference.

The Foundation will not be offering stipends for the 2021 virtual conference but look forward to 2022 when we can resume the in-person event and renew our travel stipend opportunity.

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Texas Library Association Conference
The Foundation accepts applications for professional development year-round.

Small Library Management Training Program

The Small Library Management Training is an on-going educational program of the Texas State Library to provide management and foundational library skills to those without Master’s degrees in Library Science who work in small community libraries in Texas. SLM programs focus on administration, management, policy development, collection development, reference services and technology planning.

The Tocker Foundation is proud to continue its support of rural libraries by providing travel stipends to eligible libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less and at least 80 miles away from the nearest workshop location.

  • Funds are to be used for expenses incurred while attending the workshop.
  • One application covers all available workshops.
  • Please enter the name of the selected workshop when prompted in the Project Name section of the application.
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Professional Development Alpine You can do I.T. Professional Development Alpine
Professional Development class: You Can Do I.T.! at Apline Public Library
Do a thorough assessment with your patrons and other stakeholders to focus your request on the areas of greatest need. Example, what would your teens like to see; what do your crafters need; ask moms and teachers for their thoughts regarding the children’s area, etc.
Betty Roether
Pottsboro Area Public Library | Pottsboro, TX