Walter Betts, TLA’s 2015 President-Elect

WB_FBThe Texas Library Association (TLA) Executive Board has elected Walter Betts, Systems Librarian and Adjunct Instructor for TCU, as its next President-Elect. Walter began serving as TLA’s 2015 President-Elect on April 17, 2015.

Betts was asked, How will your candidacy advance the work of TLA on behalf of Texas Libraries? Engagement is the new buzzword. Everyone wants active involvement and participation from their engaged members. Libraries strive for community engagement as they look for opportunities for collaboration. I want to see TLA pursue engagement at the association level: engagement with our members, our existing partners, and our potential partners. This is the next step in the natural progression of our leadership and advocacy efforts, and the embodiment of TLA’s mission of “promoting, supporting and improving library services in Texas.”

Betts has been on the TLA board f2012 where he most recently served as ALA Counselor.

New TLA Executive Board candidates are nominated by the current board and then selected in a general election the membership held in February.

After his one-year term as President-Elect, Betts will begin his term as TLA President.

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Library Spring Lecture

Hidalgo FBJoin us Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm in the Library Conference Room to hear Alex Hidalgo, assistant professor of Latin American History, talk about the history of the Mesoamerican past.

Across notarial archives, households and cabinets of curiosity to the vaults and display cases of museums and libraries, pre-Colombian artifacts have lived obscure and turbulent lives. A recent acquisition by TCU’s Special Collections, Lorenzo Boturini’s Idea of una nueva historia general (1746) highlights the Italian traveler’s unprecedented assemblage of codices, books, maps, prints and alphabetic manuscripts used to write a history of the Mesoamerican past. This talk will contextualize Boturini’s violent encounters with authorities, pirates and aristocrats as he amassed his impressive corpus, and it will consider the significance of acquiring and safeguarding historical objects.

Alex Hidalgo (Ph.D. Arizona, 2013) specializes in the history of colonial Latin America with an interest in Mesoamerican ethnology, visual studies, and the Iberian Atlantic. He has co-edited special issues for Ethnohistory and the Journal of Latin American Geography that explore the intersection between empire, ethnicity, and space.  His research has won support from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Library of Congress, and the American Historical Association.  In 2014, his current book project, “When Indian Maps Ruled Mexico: Colonialism, Cartography, and History,” an analysis of indigenous mapmaking in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, received the Lewis Hanke Prize from the Conference on Latin American History

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Friends of the TCU Library Dinner Event

 astoriaThis year’s speaker is adventure and exploration writer Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival.

“At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.”



Event Location and Details:
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
Texas Christian University
2820 Stadium Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Dinner: $30 per person. Reservations required. To RSVP, contact Shelda Dean at 817.257.6109 or via email at by March 6.

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