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Texas Library Association Elects New Executive Board

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Congratulations to the winners of our recent election and thank you to all of the candidates. The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce the new members of our executive board, as well as individuals elected to positions in several units which participated in the online election.

TLA’s new President-Elect is Daniel Burgard. He is the University Librarian and Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
“Whether it is one of the many hats you wear as a librarian, social worker, parent, emergency medical technician, homework assistant, or some combination thereof, I really believe that TLA can help you gain the librarian super-power of providing incredible service in what are sometimes the most trying of circumstances; a winning combination of well-being, professional commitment, and service,” Burgard said.

Mike Mendez was elected Representative-at-Large (School). Mendez is the Librarian at Rosemont Middle School in the Fort Worth Independent School District. “By ensuring our new members understand the benefits of TLA and adding value to our veteran members through expanded services, our members will have a larger investment in the organization,” Mendez said. “This investment will encourage more members to join committees, run for positions in their home districts or round tables, and become more active in TLA. A more active membership will help creative a positive community through communication and networking.”

Peace Ossom-Williamson was elected Representative-at-Large (Special). Ossom-Williamson is the Director of Research Data Services at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. “TLA provides a plethora of opportunities for members to be involved and grow at all levels in a welcoming and inclusive community,” she said.

Dianna Morganti was elected Treasurer. Morganti is a Librarian at Texas State University. “Whether you’re a children’s librarian at a branch, a school librarian on a campus, or even one among many reference librarians in a large library, many of us can feel professionally isolated,” Morganti said. “I have found so much camaraderie, though, connecting to my fellow librarians in Texas through our opportunities at TLA.”

Unit Results (those that participated in the online election):
TASL – Chair-Elect: Jill Bellomy (Highland Park ISD)
TASL – Secretary: Linda Kay (Round Rock ISD)
YART – Councilor: Elizabeth Gilbert (Aldine ISD)
YART – Councilor-Alt: Wenndy Pray (Sharyland ISD)
District 5 – Webmaster: Deborah Zeman (Celina ISD)
District 8 – Secretary: Katherine Carter (University of Houston – Clear Lake)
District 8 – Treasurer: Carolynn Waites (Brazoria County Library System)