Governance & Mission

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The Texas Library Association is headquartered in Austin. The Association's governing body is a Council comprised of both voting and non-voting members. Voting members are the president, president-elect, past president, treasurer, ALA councilor, five representatives-at-large, and one councilor from each division, district, and round table or an alternate designated by the unit. Non-voting members are chairmen of standing committees and ad hoc committees, executive director, journal editor, association legal counsel, chairmen of statewide organizations affiliated with TLA, councilors of interest groups, and the parliamentarian. At least two meetings are held each year at the Annual Conference and at Annual Assembly. As the Association's policy making and chief governing body, the Council adopts the annual budget and the legislative platform.

A general membership meeting is conducted during the Annual Conference to give members an opportunity to discuss professional and Association concerns and to make their opinions known.TLA is dedicated to its mission.

The Executive Board, which serves as the central management board of TLA, recommends to the Council matters of policy, budget, and operations. Board members are elected annually by the entire membership. Serving on the executive board are the president, president-elect, past president, ALA councilor, treasurer, five representatives-at-large, and the executive director as secretary and non-voting member.

TLA Bylaws and Standing Rules govern the policies and functions of the Association.

TLA Mission Statement

The Texas Library Association was established in 1902 to promote, support,  and improve library services in Texas. Specific objectives are:

  1. To encourage the identification, development, and maintenance of library services which will meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Texas.
  2. To provide for and stimulate the professional and career development of personnel in academic, public, school, and special libraries of Texas;
  3. To facilitate effective cooperation among library personnel in academic, public, school, and special libraries of Texas;
  4. To increase the effectiveness of libraries;
  5. To advance the standards and ideals of the profession;
  6. To provide a vehicle whereby library personnel may be aware of and cooperate with other associations and organizations which have similar or allied interests;
  7. To increase attention to intellectual freedom and social responsibility as an action-oriented association;
  8. To provide appropriate services to members for the benefit of the profession;
  9. To work cooperatively with other associations in developing joint activities which relate to the provision of library services, the selection, distribution and use of books and other materials, the support of intellectual freedom, and the enhancement of educational opportunities, provided that:
    1. The purpose of the joint activity is supportive of the emphases named above;
    2. The other association has a major role in those activities relating to libraries;
    3. The financial commitment required does not place a major burden upon the regular financial responsibilities of the Association;
    4. The activity has been approved by the Executive Board.
    5. To operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes.
Created on Mar 16, 2010 | Last updated July 15, 2015