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Overview: Advocacy and Government Affairs

The Texas Library Association, an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit, actively supports library interests by advocating for policies and funding that support libraries, librarians, and educational initiatives.


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Who participates in TLA Advocacy? 

TLA has thousands of members from school, public, academic, and special libraries, as well as countless lay supporters, parents, educators, and business partners who promote library issues. Additionally, all types of libraries enjoy enormous local support from parent groups, the local community, student organizations, and countless other stakeholders who join in statewide efforts to strengthen libraries.

Texas libraries count millions of supporters! With libraries – school, academic, public, or special – located in almost every political jurisdiction in the state, the grassroots support for libraries is broad and deep.

How can I support TLA Advocacy?  

We offer multiple ways for you to support libraries!

  1. You can become a member of TLA (lay supporters may join at a discounted membership rate) and participate in our legislative activities through any number of ways that are convenient for you.
  2. You can subscribe to Texline, our free policy e-newletter, to keep up with state policy news and be informed about CALLS TO ACTION, or times when we need lots of people calling or writing legislative offices about important library policy or funding issues.
  3. You can become a Facebook fan of TLA and follow TLA on Twitter for find get updates.
  4. You can take the time to get to know your elected officials and make the case that libraries need support from our leaders.
  5. You can support a library near you. To find libraries in your vicinity, go to:

How can I learn more about becoming a strong advocate for libraries?

TLA offers many training opportunities. Our annual conference, our summer meeting (Annual Assembly), and biennial Legislative Day training all have workshops that can train you on the latest issues and on methods for communicating with elected officials.

We also offer online training through our continuing education program and have resource available online.

Where can I apply for the Legislative Stipends for the 2015 PreConference on Advocacy?

How does TLA decide what issues to pursue?

TLA legislative policy is set by the Association’s governing council, which considers policy matters brought before it by the Association’s Legislative Committee. Members of TLA divisions and units submit issues they would like considered to the TLA Legislative Committee, which then makes recommendation to the TLA Council. For more information on this process, contact Gloria Meraz ( 

Does TLA offer a scorecard of elected officials and does it endorse candidates?

As a charitable, educational nonprofit 501(c)(3), TLA is prohibited by law from endorsing candidates. TLA’s advocacy is issue-based, and we focus on policy and funding initiatives that assist in delivering the best possible library and educational services for the people of Texas.

Who can I contact to learn more?

You may contact Gloria Meraz, communications director at TLA, at, 512/328-1518.

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Created on Mar 3, 2010 | Last updated April 13, 2016