Mission & History
The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association in the U.S.
Whether promoting intellectual freedom or working together to strengthen libraries and demonstrate their value, TLA is the embodiment of the aspirations first conceived over 110 years ago.
The mission of the Texas Library Association is to empower library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas.
Core Organizational Values
- Continuous Improvement towards Excellence in Libraries and Librarianship
- Diversity and Inclusiveness
- Equity of Access to Information in a Changing Environment
- Ethical Responsibility and Integrity
- Intellectual Freedom
- Literacy and Lifelong Learning
- Social Responsibility and the Public Good
Any library, any person, any time! Each and every Texan recognizes the value that libraries bring to their lives. TLA enables libraries in Texas to offer open access to information resources and services to all people. The people who work for and support Texas libraries add significant value to the lives of all Texans.
TLA is a positive role model and valued leader, partner, resource, and advocate for Texas libraries. TLA reaches Texas communities, expanding access both physically and virtually, to bring literacy and lifelong learning to the forefront. TLA seeks innovation and sustainability of resources to connect and inspire all Texans to grow, learn, and reach for excellence.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the association is governed by a Council made up of voting and non-voting members. The Council meets twice at the TLA Annual Conference and twice at the Annual Assembly. As the association’s policy-making and chief governing body, the Council adopts the annual budget and legislative platform.
The Executive Board serves as the central management board and recommends matters of policy, budget, and operations to the Council. Board members are elected annually by the membership.
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