Walter Betts, TLA’s 2015 President-Elect

WB_FBThe Texas Library Association (TLA) Executive Board has elected Walter Betts, Systems Librarian and Adjunct Instructor for TWU, as its next President-Elect. Walter began serving as TLA’s 2015 President-Elect on April 17, 2015.

Betts was asked, How will your candidacy advance the work of TLA on behalf of Texas Libraries? Engagement is the new buzzword. Everyone wants active involvement and participation from their engaged members. Libraries strive for community engagement as they look for opportunities for collaboration. I want to see TLA pursue engagement at the association level: engagement with our members, our existing partners, and our potential partners. This is the next step in the natural progression of our leadership and advocacy efforts, and the embodiment of TLA’s mission of “promoting, supporting and improving library services in Texas.”

Betts has been on the TLA board f2012 where he most recently served as ALA Counselor.

New TLA Executive Board candidates are nominated by the current board and then selected in a general election the membership held in February.

After his one-year term as President-Elect, Betts will begin his term as TLA President.

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