During the first annual Children's and Youth Librarians Conference of North Texas in 2007, NTLP (then NTRLS) staff became aware of a need for a regional network for all library staff and supporters sharing an interest in the conference theme. That idea led to the creation of four Special Interest Groups (SIGs), each of which sponsored a regional conference in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The four conference themes were Library Youth Services, Library Technology, Library Supporters, and Library Program Planners & Presenters.
For this project, NTLP partnered with District 7 of the Texas Library Association since it shared the same 20-county service area. NTLP provided staff and coordination while a committee of interested District 7 members provided advisory assistance and volunteer support. The conferences were largely funded from TSLAC grants to the North Texas Regional Library System.
Each conference has been one day long and theme-based. Typically, each has featured a keynote speaker followed by break-out sessions covering subjects related to the theme. Until the last conference of State Fiscal Year 2011, the cost to each participant was a registration fee which covered only the cost of lunch and refreshments.
Each conference has also featured an Exhibit Hall to allow attendees to meet and talk with product vendors and service providers in person. Fees for exhibit spaces have helped to cover catering and some overhead expenses.
Archived information about past conferences is on the website for each SIG:
- see the Library Supporters Network website for information on the Library Supporters Conference, .
- see the Library Presentations Network website.for information on the Library Program Planners and Presenters (LP3) Conference,
- see the Library Youth Services Network website for information on the Children and Youth Conference for Librarians (CYC), .
- see the Library Tech Network website. for information on the TechNet Conference,
Due to reduced funding, some conferences have been cancelled for State Fiscal Year 2012. NTLP staff is trying to offer conferences again as soon as possible.