Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Gloria Meraz Joins Texas State Library and Archives Commission as Assistant State Librarian

Monday, August 1, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Gloria Meraz has been appointed Assistant State Librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Her role at TSLAC will continue her long-standing efforts to support the provision of library and archival resources and services to state and local government, researchers, communities, and people across Texas. Prior to her new position at the agency, Meraz served as Director of Communications for 17 years at the Texas Library Association where she oversaw government relations, publications, and public relations. She has coordinated statewide efforts to promote libraries and librarians, secured funding for library programs, and implemented policies that support effective and open public access to information.

“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,” said Meraz. “The future holds unlimited potential for the agency, and I am excited about all the wonderful opportunities ahead.”

Meraz holds a Bachelor of Arts in museum studies from Baylor University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is working toward her doctorate in Library and Information Science. Her past work experience includes serving as a researcher  at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., a library assistant at the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor, and a project archivist at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Speaking for our commission, our staff, and myself, we are very excited to have a library and archives professional of the caliber and stature of Gloria Meraz joining the staff of the Texas State Library and Archives,” said Mark Smith, Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. “Gloria has been a strong advocate for the power of libraries and archives to change lives and we look forward to having her expertise and her passion on our team.”.

Meraz, who was chosen following a national search conducted earlier this year, will begin work at the agency August 8.