• August 17, 2019

GOOD NEWS: Midland College librarian selected for leadership institute - Odessa American: Local News

e-Edition Subscribe

GOOD NEWS: Midland College librarian selected for leadership institute

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:51 pm

Congratulations to Midland College Fasken Learning Resource Director Howard Marks upon his admission into the highly-competitive Texas Accelerated Library Leaders Institute, more popularly known as the TALL Texans Leadership Institute.

For 26 years, only the best of the rising Texas library leaders have been selected for this rigorous but transformational program. Librarians return to their institutions with deeper understanding of leadership theories and practices, communication skills and strategic planning.

“We are extremely proud of Howard’s accomplishments,” said MC President Steve Thomas. “He has only been at Midland College for about nine months, but he has already made huge efforts to transform our campus library. Howard has instituted community and student lecture events as well as chamber music performances in the library. In addition, he was instrumental in securing the Texas Liberators exhibit for the second floor of the Fasken Learning Resource Center [campus library], which is currently on display through May 1. Under Howard’s direction, we are also updating electrical infrastructure in the library and replacing furniture to make the library more conducive for today’s electronic equipment and student study groups.”

The TALL institute will take place at the Montserrat Retreat Center, located in the town of Lake Dallas. The intensive curriculum covers professional issues from the latest scholarly publications on leadership, taught in a practical and immediately applicable way by Harvard University instructor Maureen Sullivan and recently retired George Washington University Library Director Jack Siggins. Six mentors, all veteran leaders from Texas libraries, provide additional instruction and support, including incoming Texas Library Association President-Elect Christina Gola from the University of Houston and Lisa Smith from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, as well as others from public and K-12 libraries.


Odessa, TX

Current Conditions

Humidity: 51%
Winds: S at 11mph
Feels Like: 81°

Your Extended Forecast


High 103°/Low 79°
More sun than clouds. Highs 101 to 105F and lows in the upper 70s.


High 104°/Low 77°
A few clouds. Highs 102 to 106F and lows in the upper 70s.


High 101°/Low 75°
Mostly sunny. Highs 99 to 103F and lows in the mid 70s.
Online Features

Pet Central


Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>



Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>



Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>



Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>

  • ALL-ACCESS: Subscribe to our e-edition and premium website at myoaoa.com.
    You can read your daily newspaper without taking a walk to the driveway.
    Look back at yesterday's newspaper, or issues from months ago with our archive feature.
    Call circulation at 432-337-7670 to sign up today.