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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



Lisa Loranc, Chair
Dana Eure, Chair-Elect
Jennifer Bacall, Past Chair
Devery Johnson, Secretary
Morgan McMillian, Treasurer
Celeste Plew, Webmaster
Lutricia Bratton, Councilor
Maggie Fox, Alternate Councilor
  • Programming Committee Chair: Jennifer Bacall
  • Scholarship Committee Chair: Daniel Berra
  • Legislative Liaison: Colleen Cunningham
  • Membership Committee Chair: Dianna Landes
  • Social Media Committee Chair: Nikki Shaw

2022 Annual Conference

Public Libraries Division is proud to sponsor several sessions at the TLA Annual Conference scheduled for April 25-28 in Fort Worth. These sessions provide excellent professional development opportunities and insight into current public library trends. Take a look at our current 2022 PLD Sponsored Programs here. Do you have a great idea for next year? Submit your program proposals for 2023 Annual Conference that will be held on April 19- 22 in Austin here. 

PLD Membership Party*

Join us at the Ashton Depot at 1501 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00- 8:00 PM for our annual Membership Party. Just a short walk from the Fort Bend Convention center, we’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres, music, and mingle with fellow public librarians. *Please register for a ticket in your conference registration sheet under “Ticketed Social Events” to attend.

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 are 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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