Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shoutout for #txlchat

Last April, seven Texas librarian decided it was time to build a Twitter Chat community aimed primarily at Texas schoool librarians. The chat moderators, Naomi Bates, Sandra Carswell, Michelle Cooper, Marsha Edney, Sue Fitzgerald, Sharon Gullett, and Sonja Schulz figured that we would be chatting among ourselves and a few friends. 

But little did we dream that the Texas chat would become national within the first five minutes of the first chat as librarians from Oklahoma, New York, and Florida joined in the conversation. This weekly chat continued through May when it was decided there would be a summer hiatus.

Last month Joyce Valenza was the keynote speaker at the Dallas ISD/Region 10 Library Summit, and she gave us a shoutout. You can't image how excited four of the txlchat team were when we saw our name on Joyce's presentation slide. Need I share that there was a Woot! from someone in the audience?

As we launch Season 2 on September 10 at 8:00pm CST, we've become a little more organized and have made great plans for the coming year. Also we've changed the chat times to the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:00-9:00. I hope you will join us as an active participant...although we appreciate lurkers too. 

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