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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 and represent 33 Texas counties, including:

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.

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TLA 2024 Annual Conference District 5 Spring Meeting 

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 3-4pm
TLA 2024 Annual Conference in San Antonio (April 16-19, 2024)
More Information

District 5 meets yearly at TLA Annual Conference (Spring), TLA Officer Governance Training and Workshop (Summer), and our District 5 Fall Meeting. For more information about joining or participating in district activities, email the District Chair.

Current Meetings

2024 Annual Conference Meeting, 3-4pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio

Register Here

Past Meetings

2023 Fall Meeting, Wednesday, October 18, 2023, Virtual

2022 Fall Meeting (Joint Meeting with District 7), Friday, October 14th, 2022, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur, TX

2021 Fall Meeting, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Virtual

2020 Fall Meeting, Monday, October 12, 2020, Virtual

2020 Annual Conference Meeting, Friday, April 24, 2020, Virtual

2019 Fall Meeting, Monday, October 14, 2019, Meadows Conference Center, Dallas, TX

2019 Annual Assembly Meeting, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

2019 Annual Conference Meeting, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

2018 Fall Meeting, Monday, October 15, 2018, Meadows Conference Center, Dallas, TX

2018 Annual Assembly Meeting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

2018 Annual Conference Meeting, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

For meeting minutes, please contact the District 5 Webmaster.

2023 – 2024 Officers

Chair: Melissa Shadowens, Plano Public Library

Chair-Elect: John Hayden, W. Walworth Harrison Public Library (Greenville)

Past Chair: Brittnee Emerine, Carrollton Public Library

Councilor: Laquita Dedmon, Texarkana Public Library

Councilor-Alt: Ashley Taylor, Tyler Public Library

Secretary/Treasurer: Heather Lassley, Frisco ISD

Web Administrator: Emily Raymond, Plano Public Library

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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