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Baylor Alumnae to Discuss Leading Texas Libraries [03/27/2023]



LEADING BAYLOR LIBRARIES (click for more event info)
Friday, March 31, 2:30 PM
Armstrong Browning Library and Museum

The Baylor Libraries will host a conversation, co-sponsored by the School of Education and featuring SOE alumna Mary Woodard, with Texas State Library and Archives Commission Director and Librarian Gloria Meraz and Texas Library Association President Mary Woodard, a School of Education graduate, on their journeys in education and librarianship, the current state of libraries in Texas, and the future of Texas libraries.

Mary Woodard

Mary Woodard

Gloria Meraz, director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and Mary Marlow Woodard, president of the Texas Library Association (TLA), will be interviewed by Lori Fogleman, Assistant Vice President for Media and Public Relations at Baylor University on Friday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m. CDT at the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum. Conversation and a reception will follow. This event is free, open to the public, and available both in person and via Zoom Webinar.

Meraz and Woodard, both Baylor alumnae, hold the two highest positions in librarianship in Texas. Through the two organizations, their reach extends into all 254 counties and every metropolitan and rural area in the state.

Baylor librarian Kathy Hillman, who has worked with both women through TLA, said, “Mary and Gloria represent the best of our university and the best of our profession. For them to serve simultaneously is a first for Baylor since the fledgling Texas Library Association helped establish the state library and archives in 1909.”

Woodard graduated from Baylor in 1985 with degrees in Elementary Education and English and earned her library science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1987. She served in the Mesquite Independent School District for 35 years as a school librarian, technology facilitator, and director of library services. In 2022, Woodard was elected president of TLA, the largest state library association in the United States.

Gloria Meraz

Gloria Meraz

Meraz completed her Museum Studies degree in 1990. As a Baylor student, she interned in the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum. Several years after completing her library science degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she became Director of Communications for TLA, a position she held for 17 years before becoming the Assistant State Librarian in 2016. She was named Director and Librarian in 2021.

“Libraries play a vital educational role in our local communities, regional colleges, and universities,” said Jeffry Archer, dean of the Baylor Libraries. “The fact that two Baylor alumnae are concurrently leading the conversation about libraries and archives at a statewide level is truly amazing and demonstrates the value of Baylor’s mission to educate students for leadership and service in communities in Texas and around the globe.”

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About the Baylor Libraries

The Baylor Libraries lead as an innovative research library that supports the mission of the university by undergirding scholarship, fostering teaching and learning, and building communities.

About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Since 1909, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission have supported the reading, learning, and historical preservation needs of Texas and its people.

About the Texas Library Association

The Texas Library Association (TLA) is the largest state library association in the U.S. Its 6,000+ members represent all types of libraries: academic, public, school and special.


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