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TWU’s Sherilyn Bird voted president-elect of the Texas Library Association

Sherilyn Bird

Sherilyn Bird

Photo credit: Susan Sponsler-Carstarphen

DENTON — Sherilyn Bird, director of the Texas Woman’s University Libraries, recently was voted president-elect of the Texas Library Association (TLA), the largest state library association in the U.S. She will assume leadership of the more than 7,000-member organization in April 2012.

“In response to budget shortfalls, libraries across the state are cutting resources and services,” said Ms. Bird, of Prosper. “However, many hard hit Texans need the services libraries offer – free access to computers and the Internet, information sources and services and safe spaces in which to read, write and learn.”

“My goal as TLA president is to build collaborative relationships among librarians working on behalf of libraries and library users and to collaborate with other organizations that support education and literacy in our state.”

Ms. Bird’s more than 35-year career includes work in both public and academic libraries. Prior to joining TWU in 2006, she was the director of bibliographic control for the Southern Methodist University Central Library. She also has been a librarian for the Dallas Public Library and Dallas County Community College District. She has been an active member of the TLA since 1981 and has served the organization in several capacities, including executive board treasurer, membership committee chair and co-chair of the TLA’s Annual Conference program.

Ms. Bird received her master of library science degree from the University of North Texas and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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