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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.

Mission Statement

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

Envisioned Future

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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November Staff Spotlight – Catherine Lapoint

TLA Staff Spotlight

In our new TLA Staff Spotlight series, you will meet a member of our team each month.  It’s part of our effort to make sure you know who the TLA staff is, so you’re more familiar with us when you need to contact us. We love to hear from members! Name: Catherine Lapoint Position: Administrative […]

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Campaign to Support Diverse Books Is a Viral Sensation

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By Michele Chan Santos For the Texas Library Association A social media campaign emphasizing support for diverse books and student access to books, launched by a group of Texas Library Association member librarians, was an astounding success, generating more than 13,000 tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #FReadom on Thursday, November 4. Nationally, it trended […]

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