Legislative Activities & Resources

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Legislative Activities & Resources

TLA engages in advocacy efforts year round. In addition to lobbying during the state's biennial legislative session, TLA also follows the actions of key state agencies, such as the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Texas Education Agency.

Hearings, meetings, requests for filings, responses to proposed state rules are all ongoing activities.

TLA staff and members of the Legislative Committee and division leaders work in concert to participate fully in the broad range of policy actions occurring that affect Texas libraries and librarians.  Our job is to make the best case possible for stronger libraries.  

Here is what you can do: 

  • Visit your local libraries. Find out what Standards and Laws shape your local libraries' services and funding.

  • Be informed on the issues. See Issues and Taking Action.

  • See our Position Papers & Filings.

  • Read TLA's Texline and Updates, which is emailed to TLA members.

  • Learn more about how to become an effective advocate for libraries. See our Advocacy Primer

  • Contact elected officials about library issues. Engage them. Make them know that their constituents are library supporters! See Taking Action

  • Participate in Virtual Legislative Day

  • Spread the word about the critical role of libraries to our schools, community, and educational infrastructure.

Additional Resources

Read Susan Mann's terrific article on building relationships with elected officials. The American Library Association has a vast array of tools and information on its website.

Check out its Advocacy University!

Resources for Legislative Offices and the Public

Created on Mar 15, 2010 | Last updated January 29, 2015