Austin, Texas – After an extensive national search, the Texas Library Association (TLA) appointed Dana Braccia as the new Executive Director starting October 1, 2017. Braccia brings a diverse range of experience and expertise in innovative library and operational management as well as member relations and industry partnerships to the association.
Braccia has been an active leader in the library community since becoming a librarian in 2005. She is a past- president of the Mountain Plains Library Association and mentor for their Leadership Institute, as well as a former American Library Association councilor. She received her MLS from the University of Arizona and will complete her MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business / Arizona State University with an emphasis in analytics and public policy this fall.
Most recently, Braccia was vice -president of Library Operations for Library Systems and Services, where she partnered with city and county stakeholders to provide strategic oversight and library services management for over for 80 public libraries throughout the U.S. Braccia also has extensive experience in the private and public sectors having worked in government services, hospitality, major event management, retail, and banking with organizations including City of Scottsdale, Hilton International, San Francisco Giants, Citibank, Carefree Resorts, and Micronesia Mall. She is an eCourse instructor for the American Library Association as well as adjunct instructor in several Masters programs.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and support the amazing library community in Texas” says Braccia. “TLA is an outstanding organization that provides exciting professional leadership opportunities, ongoing education, and dynamic resources to members throughout the state. Libraries are vital institutions and TLA has been a pillar for the library community since 1902. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Executive Director Patricia Smith, and I look forward to continuing to build on the tradition of association excellence.”
“Members of the search committee were impressed with Ms. Braccia’s diverse experiences. She demonstrates her broad vision and understanding of national trends, and her passion for advocacy for libraries and librarians.” said Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, TLA president and chair of the search committee. “We are excited to welcome her to Texas and look forward to the new beginning.” Braccia plans to attend several TLA district meetings this fall to meet with members.
TLA extends its deepest appreciation to Patricia Smith for her willingness to postpone retirement until September 30 to ensure the smooth transition.