Welcoming Gloria Meraz

GM-5I am very pleased to announce that Gloria Meraz has been appointed Assistant State Librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Gloria has served for the last 17 years as the Director of Communications for the Texas Library Association. Gloria enjoys a statewide reputation as a passionate and articulate advocate of the power of libraries and archives to change lives. She is well known both to librarians and archivists, but also to elected officials and decision-makers in Austin and across the state. Gloria is a trained librarian and archivist who understands the transformative value of our work and knows how speak “truth to power” in communicating that value.

Gloria will build on a tradition of excellence at the Texas State Library. She succeeds Ed Seidenberg who retired last year after serving the agency admirably in a variety of capacities for over 40 years. Prior to Ed, the Assistant State Librarian was Raymond Hitt, who was in turn preceded by William Gooch, who succeeded Dorman Winfrey as State Librarian in 1987. Mr. Gooch joined the staff of the State Library in the early 1970s.

That makes Gloria the first Assistant State Librarian in 45 years to join the staff from outside the agency. She will bring new insights and thinking to TSLAC and I look forward to collaborating with her to guide the agency through the coming legislative session and our subsequent agency sunset review. It is an absolutely vital moment in the history of TSLAC and for libraries and archives statewide. We are pivoting from questions about sustainability to a growing awareness that libraries, archives, and records programs are a vital source of information in an economy that thrives on information. Our ability to support efficient and cost-saving access to information in digital, print, and media formats is fundamentally important to the economic growth of Texas.

Gloria says, “I am thrilled and honored to join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The agency delivers an impressive array of resources and services to state and local government, researchers, communities, and people across the Texas. I look forward to working with the talented team at TSLAC and to support the efforts of the state’s libraries, archives, and records services organizations. The future holds unlimited potential for the agency, and I am excited about all the wonderful opportunities ahead.”

We will welcome Gloria on our team starting August 8 and will appreciate her assistance in achieving our agency mission “To provide Texans access to information needed to be informed, productive citizens.”

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