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Library Youth Services Network

6320 Southwest Blvd
Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX 76109

fax 817-377-8020


About the Library Youth Services Network

The Library Youth Services Network is a Special Interest Group (SIG) falling under the auspices of the Texas Library Association (TLA) District 7 bylaws by agreement with the North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS), which assists by providing structure and administrative support. Any District 7 member interested in youth and children issues is invited to join.


During the first annual Children's and Youth Librarians Conference of North Texas, NTRLS staff became aware of a need for a regional network for all library staff and supporters who provide services to youth, newborn through teens. That network became the Library Youth Services Network of North Texas. Similar networks are being created for Technology, Library Supporters, and Library Program Planners.

NTRLS has always served public libraries in its geographic area, but in recent years the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has encouraged NTRLS to also assist other types of libraries including academic, school and special libraries. Since a structure for serving multi-type libraries already existed in the Texas Library Association's districts, NTRLS proposed the SIGs as a way to utilize the synergy existing between the two organizations.


The SIG holds periodic meetings for networking and discussion of business. Some meetings take place online via chat. Meetings are called and conducted by District 7 officers.

The SIG also maintains an email discussion list where members can network. Archives of the discussion list are available online. Other features will be added in the future to support the online environment for peer networking.


The SIG's annual regional conference is organized by NTRLS staff with the assistance of an advisory steering committee. A pool of volunteers contributes to make the conference a success. Conferences typically have a keynote speaker, multiple tracks of breakout sessions, and an exhibit hall featuring product and service providers.


Future plans for this SIG include extended features for online peer networking, such as online chats, blogs, wikis, and other Web 2.0 innovations. As the SIG website is enhanced and the other District 7 / NTRLS SIGs come online, members will also be able to maintain online profiles and contact lists.

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