You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Join TLA


Becoming a unit officer or member of a TLA Standing Committee

Enhance your leadership skills by volunteering with TLA. There are many opportunities to get involved in a variety of  roles. Volunteer today!

Turquoise bar with white text: What is a Unit Officer?

A unit officer is a TLA member who volunteered to run for office and  is elected by their unit’s membership to serve on the executive leadership team for a division, district or round table (unit).

Purple bar with white text: What is a Standing Committee Member?

A standing committee member is a TLA member who volunteered to serve on a committee, and is appointed by the TLA president to serve on one of the standing committees.

What are the expectations to serve as a unit officer or committee member?

Turquoise rectangle with white text: What are the available roles for each officer position?

  • Chair (Chair-Elect, Chair, Past Chair) – 3-year term, point of contact for unit, approves budget
  • Secretary/Treasurer – 1 year term, takes minutes for meetings, helps with budget
  • Web Administrator – 1 year term, manages units web pages
  • Councilor – 3-year terms, representative of unit at Council meetings
  • Alternate Councilor – 3-year terms, representative of unit at Council meetings if Councilor is unavailable.
  • Other positions may vary per unit.

Purple rectangle with white text: What are the available roles for each committee?

  • TLA has 20 standing committees.
  • Each committee has a chair, and some have vice-chairs.
  • Committee member terms are staggered and are usually at least two years.

Volunteer Today! 

Complete the volunteer form

TLA staff reviews all submissions and forwards them to current unit officers, the TLA executive director, and TLA president

In the fall, individuals will be contacted by unit officers and the TLA president as they begin to put together slates for election, and open committee terms. TLA online elections are held in February. Unit elections are held before TLA Annual Conference.

 If you are elected to a unit officer position or appointed to a standing committee, your term will begin at the end of the TLA Annual Conference in April. Then you will be added to the TLA Engage Unit Officer Community, Unit or Committee Google Drive.

Who to contact for more information:

Why Volunteer

“I chose to serve because I’m passionate about school libraries and the value of school librarians.”
– Brooke K., Librarian

“I was interested in learning more about how TLA operated at an organizational level.”
– Laura T., Community Engagement Librarian

“To learn more about public libraries across the state, and how they are doing/working individually and how we can unite to make life a little better for all of us.”
– Rebecca A., MLS, Director




Latest News
View all News

Between the Lines: June Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA Membership, TLA News

Alexandra Cornejo Lead Librarian of Secondary Schools/Library Media Specialist Harlingen School of Health Professions, Harlingen CISD What inspired you to become a librarian? My fondest childhood memories are from the […]

Read More

Staff Spotlight: Emily Warwas

TLA News, TLA Staff Spotlight

Emily Warwas Member Services Coordinator What are your job responsibilities at TLA? Assisting everyone with any of their membership and registration questions or issues, answering the TLA general email, shipping […]

Read More