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A forum for communication, a source of professional advice and assistance, and a networking opportunity for all concerned with public library service in Texas.

Welcome! The Public Libraries Division (PLD) facilitates cooperation between all types of Texas public libraries and librarians, as well as other related institutions and individuals to improve public library services in the state. We encourage and provide opportunities for public librarians to continue their professional development, and advocate for public libraries at the local, state, and national levels.

Get involved and support your profession! Join one of the PLD committees or volunteer to help on their projects. Volunteering is an opportunity to show your support for public libraries and meet librarians from across the Lone Star State.


There are opportunities for you to become more involved in the Public Libraries Division. Learn more about these opportunities here.

Follow us on Social Media!

Facebook: Public Libraries Division (TXLA)

Instagram: TexasPLD

Twitter: PLDTX1



Dana Eure, Chair
Erica Richardson, Chair-Elect
Lisa Loranc, Past Chair
Devery Johnson, Secretary
Martin Shupla, Treasurer
Celeste Bleu, Web Administrator
Lutricia Bratton, Councilor
Maggie Fox, Alternate Councilor
  • Programming Committee Chair: Lisa Loranc
  • Scholarship Committee Chair: Daniel Berra
  • Legislative Liaison: Colleen Cunningham
  • Membership Committee Chair: Dianna Landes
  • Social Media Committee Chair: Nikki Shaw

Annual Conference

Public Libraries Division is proud to sponsor several sessions every year at the TLA Annual Conference. These sessions provide excellent professional development opportunities and insight into current public library trends. Take a look at our past 2022 PLD Sponsored Programs here.

Future Programs

Do you have a great idea for next year? PLD is currently accepting proposals for the 2023 Annual Conference that will be held on April 19- 22 in Austin. Get your team together and email Lisa Loranc at with your PLD conference proposal.

For general program proposals, please visit the presentation opportunities page hosted by ProCo.

Need help to attend conference?

PLD offers stipends every year to help to qualified applicants who are librarians and other library professionals currently or formerly employed by a Texas library. Learn more information about the stipends here. Our 2022 stipend recipients were Mathew Glaser from the Midland County Public Libraries and Loretta Zhang from the Arlington Public Library. Congratulations!

PLD Thanks Our Sponsors

Biblionix supports PLD by providing conference stipends & a fabulous Membership Party for our members. Thank you!


Operating Procedures

Our operating procedures outline the officer positions, officer’s duties, as well as election procedures, and nominating committee procedures. Current operating procedures were adopted on April 24, 2017.

PLD Operating Procedures


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