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District 5

Serving Northeast Texas

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Welcome to District 5!

Our district’s membership includes librarians, staff, trustees, full-time library students, and other interested individuals representing school, public, academic, and special libraries. We are located in Northeast Texas.

District 5 is made up of passionate, clever, innovative, and ambitious people, and TLA is here to celebrate and support them. For some of our recent District 5 projects, take a look at our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. We also benefit from fundraisers managed by our members, like this Cafepress store.

We also hold meet-ups most months, which are fun networking/social meetings at restaurants in the district. We have district business meetings yearly at TLA Annual Conference, TLA Annual Assembly, and our District 5 Fall Conference. For more information about joining or participating in district activities, email the District Chair.

If you would like to volunteer with TLA, please fill out this form: Volunteer

District 5 includes 33 Texas counties:

Anderson, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Navarro, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.

District 5 Events

District 5 meets at Annual Conference in the spring, Annual Assembly in the summer, and at Fall Meeting (in the fall). We also hold quarterly-ish informal networking meet-ups. See our Facebook page for updates! For past events, click here. For the TLA events calendar, click here.

District 5 Fall Meeting

Invitation to Fall Conference

The District 5 Fall Conference will be on Monday, October 14, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Meadows Conference Center in Dallas. Our Keynote Speaker is Texas House Representative Rhetta Bowers, who participated in several legislative issues pertaining to Texas Libraries. Other speakers include representatives from the Census Bureau to help explain the all-important 2020 Census.

Registration for the District 5 Fall Meeting is now open. All District 5 members can sign up for the meeting via the TLA website. Go to, log into your TLA account, and then select District 5 Fall Meeting in the dropdown menu.

Registration for District members will be $25. Students can sign up at a reduced rate of $10; paraprofessionals will pay only $15. Any non-TLA member who wants to attend will pay $35. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as free parking.

The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. A Business Meeting will start off the morning, and then you may choose which presentation you wish to attend. We have representatives from a variety of vendors. The Conference will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

If anyone wants to register for the meeting but you are unable to pay the registration fee through the TLA website, please contact Laquita Dedmon so we can arrange an alternate payment method.

Operating Procedures

Our operating procedures outline the officer positions in the district and the officer’s duties, as well as election procedures, and nominating committee procedures. Current operating procedures were approved July 10, 2019.

District 5 Operating Procedures

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2019-2020 District 5 Officers

Click below for District 5 officers and contact information

Mary Lynn Saxton

District Chair
Mary Lynn Saxton

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Chair Elect
David Raley

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Rebecca Anderson


Ashley Taylor

Kendra Harrell

Past Chair & Webmaster
Kendra Harrell

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Alan Kornblau

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Laquita Dedmon

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Meeting Minutes

Would you like to stay up-to-date about what’s going on in District 5? Click the links below to review the Minutes from the District 5 Executive Board Meetings. If you have any questions or would like to know more about how you can attend and/or participate in District 5 events, please contact District 5 Chair.

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