Border Regional Library Association

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The Border Regional Library Association (B.R.L.A.) promotes libraries and librarianship in the tri-border region of West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico. The non-profit organization was founded in 1966 and, as of 2009, has over 100 members including libraries, librarians, trustees, and library paraprofessionals. B.R.L.A. events and awards include an annual continuing education workshop and banquet, Librarian and Staff Member of the Year awards and annual scholarship awards.[1] The organization is best known for its annual Southwest Book Awards for noteworthy books about the Southwest published in any genre and geared toward any audience. Past winners include James Carlos Blake, Charles Bowden, Dennis DeConcini, Tomie dePaola, Arturo Islas, Neil Miller, Pat Mora, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Rubén Salazar, Sergio Troncoso, and Luis Alberto Urrea.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "UTEP, Library Group Introduce Children's Literature Festival." El Paso Times 4 April 2001: 2D. Print.
  2. ^ "BRLA Southwest Books Awards." Border Regional Library Association. 2008. Web. 26 July 2009.
  3. ^ Erazo, Edward. "BRLA Southwest Book Awards Announced for 1997." Texas Library Journal Summer 1997. Print.
  4. ^ University Communications. "Biography of Sen. Dennis DeConcini Receives Southwest Book Award." UA News [University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona] 11 March 2008. Print.
  5. ^ Barbe Avalt. "Book Review: The Night of the Posadas." Tradicion Revista Winter 2005. Print.
  6. ^ University of Arizona. "Recent Awards." University of Arizona Press. 2009. Web. 31 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Literary Awards and Latino Author Recipients." 06 July 2009. Web. 31 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Benjamin Alíre Sáenz ." Department of Creative Writing University of Texas El Paso 2008. Web. 31 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Nominations Wanted for Southwest Book Awards. " El Paso Times 18 August 2007. Print.
  10. ^ Renteroa, Ramun. "Library Group to Honor Poet, Writer." El Paso Times 16 Feb. 2003: 2F. Print.
  11. ^ BRLA Home Page. Border Regional Library Association. 2 March 2009. Web. 26 July 2009.

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