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Meet TLA’s New Director of Education: Lovdy Grossman

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The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce that Lovdy Grossman has accepted the position of Director of Education at TLA, effective June 15, 2021. Previously, she was the Director of the Office of Conferences and Training at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, a position she had held since 2011.

“I am thrilled to be joining the TLA team,” Lovdy said. “TLA’s mission and who they serve truly speak to me. My first job out of college was at the UCLA Library. In that job, I found librarians and library staff to be ‘my people’.  I look at joining TLA as my professional homecoming.”

At the LBJ School, her responsibilities included providing conference development and support services for LBJ faculty and student-sponsored conferences on a myriad of topics. She was also involved in a variety of professional development programs to serve the training needs of elected and appointed officials. Among these were the Pre­‐Session Legislative Conference, co­‐sponsored with the Texas Speaker of the House, as an orientation for newly elected members of the Legislature, and the Seminar for Newly Elected County Judges and County Commissioners. In addition, her office provided training in the areas of Governmental Accounting and Public Purchasing to enhance the professional development of public servants.

Lovdy has more than 12 years of experience developing, managing and executing educational meetings and conferences and long­‐term training and educational programs for non­‐profits, medical societies, local and state health departments, technology consortiums and for­‐profit companies. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT-Austin.

When not in the office, Lovdy can be found enjoying life with her two kiddos, two shoe-chewing dogs, and incredibly patient husband of 15+ years. She enjoys reading (gasp!), cooking, genealogy research, listening to live music, and wandering aimlessly down trails in Central Texas.