Central Texas Library System, Inc. is pleased to announce that the new Executive Director position has been filled, and Eric Lashley will start his role as of February 1, 2021.
Gretchen Pruett, chair of the board of CTLS, said, “Eric has been part of CTLS since its beginning, and his passion for the mission and vision of CTLS and the role it plays for libraries in the state of Texas has always been apparent to the board. Eric and the library he has led are among the very best in the country, and we are pleased that Eric will have the opportunity to share his knowledge with so many more libraries. It is a rare opportunity for him to make a difference for every library in the state through CTLS.”
High points in Lashley’s 25-year career at the City of Georgetown Public Library include National Medal recognition for the library in 2018 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and being named Texas Librarian of the Year in 2019 by the Texas Library Association.
Lashley played a key role in championing the need for a new library as well as its construction and opening in 2007. During his tenure, the library has increased materials circulation and has also served as a community gathering space where groups can meet, artists can show their work, children can develop reading skills and adults can learn and find the latest bestsellers or information on many topics. The library regularly partners with local nonprofit groups to offer tax assistance, voter registration, exhibits, and programs for all ages. About 15,000 items are added to the library’s collection each year, and materials are checked out more than half a million times per year. The library’s door counts show more than 380,000 visits per year.
Under Lashley’s leadership, Georgetown Public Library became a member of the Family Place Libraries™ national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children’s development and early learning during the critical first years of life. In the most recent pre-COVID year, the library’s children’s program attendance totaled almost 16,000.
CTLS currently serves public libraries spanning 114 counties and serving 7,760,000 Texans.