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Executive Director Search Task Force

The Executive Director Search Task Force (EDSTF) was appointed by the TLA Executive Committee to:

  • Develop a timeline for the recruitment process
  • Prepare and distribute a position announcement
  • Actively seek and recruit a qualified pool of candidates that represents the diversity of TLA’s membership
  • Develop an applicant review screening tool, review applications, and select candidates for interviews
  • Develop interview questions, and schedule and conduct interviews
  • Make a final recommendation to the Executive Board

EDSTF Charge

Latest News

Job Announcement Posted
The TLA Executive Board approved the executive director job announcement at Annual Assembly and it is posted on the American Library Association (ALA), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), TLA, and Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) job boards.

Job Announcement

Member Survey
As part of this process, the task force is developing a short survey which will ask members to rank what they expect and want from TLA over the next decade, and what characteristics are most important in an executive director.  The survey will be emailed August 1 and must be completed by August 12. A link to the survey will also be posted on this page.


Cecilia Barham, TLA President
North Richland Hills Public Library | Email
TLA Affiliation: Public Libraries Division

Cecilia Barham has worked in libraries, if you include her year as a 4th grade library aid, for 28 years. She has worked in both academic and public libraries, and was a member of the 2006 TALL Texans class. She has served on TLA’s Technology Task Force, the Texas Topaz Reading List Committee, and the 2013 Conference Program Committee. Cecilia was co-chair of the 2017 Conference Program Committee and has served as chair of District 7 and the Public Libraries Division. Currently she is director of library services at North Richland Hills Library, and 2019-2020 TLA President.


Steve Brown, TLA Past-President (2007 – 2008)
Retired | Email
TLA Affiliation: Public Libraries Division

Steve Brown is an independent library consultant specializing in library management, needs assessments, long range planning, and library facilities design. He retired as Director of the North Richland Hills Public Library after serving from 1996 – 2012.  He has over 40 years experience in a range of public library services. Steve is a Past-President of the Texas Library Association.  He is also past-president of the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association, the Public Library Administrators of North Texas, and the TLA Public Libraries Division .  He served two terms on the Texas Municipal League’s Board of Directors, and is a former Trustee for Amigos Library Services.


LaMoya Burks
Texarkana College | Email
TLA Affiliation: College & University Libraries Division

LaMoya Burks is the Head Librarian/Adjunct Instructor/Faculty Advisor at Texarkana College. She has served  TLA as District 5 Chair,  and District 5 Nominating Committee Chair. LaMoya has been a member of the College and University Libraries Division (CULD) Legislative Committee, 2018-2019 Program Committee, New Members Round Table, Black Caucus Round Table, and Library Instruction Round Table. She has lead TLA panel discussions, seminars and poster presentations for district meetings and state conferences, and has contributed to TALL Texan Selection committee. LaMoya was selected as Member of the Month for August 2017. Currently, she is a member of the Bylaws Committee and CULD secretary/treasurer. She recently completed an internship for 2017-2019 with the Chapter American Library Association Chapter Relations Committee, and has been appointed to serve on the YALSA committee.


Christina Gola, TLA President-Elect
University of Houston | Email
TLA Affiliation: College & University Libraries Division

Christina Gola is Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, and Associate Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries. She is a long-time TLA member, currently serving as President-Elect. Christina has held leadership positions in the Innovation and Technology Round Table, Library Instruction Round Table, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. She’s been a member of the 2011 and 2016 Conference Program Committees and the Disaster Relief Committee, and most recently was the Representative-at-Large (Academic) on the TLA Executive Committee.


Mike Mendez
Fort Worth ISD | Email
TLA Affiliation: Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL)

Mike Mendez is the librarian at Rosemont Middle School in Fort Worth ISD. He has been a librarian for twelve years and was a special education teacher for eight years prior to that. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) and has held leadership roles in several areas of TLA. In 2013, Mike was selected to attend the TALL Texans Leadership Institute. Since then, he has served on the Lone Star Reading List committee, as secretary of the Young Adult Round Table (YART), and the chair of the TALL Texans Round Table. He has also been a member of the Conference Program Committee three times, including a term as co-chair in 2019.


Gloria Meraz
Texas State Library & Archives Commission | Email
TLA Affiliation: Special Libraries Division

Gloria Meraz is the Assistant State Librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. She has been a TLA member since 1997 and had the privilege of working as TLA Director of Communications from 1997 – 2016. She has been involved in all areas of TLA operations and governance, and is currently chair of the Nominating Committee. Gloria continues working with the association’s various groups on programs, government affairs, and planning.


Janice Newsum
University of Houston – Clear Lake | Email
TLA Affiliations: Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), College & University Libraries Division

Janice Newsum is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She has been an active TLA member since 1999, serving the library profession through her leadership. Janice has served as chair of the Black Caucus Round Table and the Upstart Innovative Programming Award Committee. Her service as co-chair includes the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Strong Libraries, Strong Scores Conference Committee, and the TLA Local Arrangements Hospitality Committee (Houston, 2009). She has been a TALL Texans mentor. Janice most recently ended a 3-year term as the Representative-at-Large (Schools) on the TLA Executive Board. She has been the Councilor-Alternate for the Distance E-Learning Round Table and is the current Councilor for the Library Instruction Round Table. Additional service to TLA includes membership in the Conference Program Committee, Texas Book Festival Committee, and Local Arrangements Committee (Houston, 2020).


Tuan Nguyen
Mackin Educational Resources | Email
TLA Affiliation: Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), Special Libraries Division

Tuan Nguyen has been a member of TLA since 2004 and helped co-found TLA’s Maverick and Little Maverick Graphic Novel Committees.  He was a member of the TALL Texan Class of 2015 and was a member of  the Maverick Reading List Committee from 2009-2012, serving as chair from  2013-2015. Tuan served on the Little Maverick Reading List Committee from 2015-2018, the Conference Program Committee in 2014, 2017, 2019,  and is currently a member the By-Laws Committee.


Wendy Woodland
Texas Library Association | Email
TLA Affiliation: Staff

Wendy Woodland, who has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit membership organizations, joined the Texas Library Association as director of advocacy and communications in 2016.  She provides strategic and management oversight of the association’s federal and state advocacy efforts, and leads a management team to create and implement a communications strategy to articulate the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.


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Resolution in Support of Immigrant Children

Advocacy, TLA News

In response to the immigrant crisis along the Texas border, TLA’s Latino Caucus Round Table presented this resolution in support of immigrant children to TLA Council at Annual Assembly where it was adopted. WHEREAS, The Texas Library Association is committed to supporting libraries role as an advocate of social responsibility and the public good; WHEREAS, […]

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TLA Welcomes New Interim Executive Director

TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that Joe Dahlstrom will serve as interim executive director while the search for a new executive director takes place. His first day is Monday, June 24, 2019. Dahlstrom, who joined TLA in 1973, has been an extremely active member, serving as TLA President from 1987 – […]

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