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COSLA is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its purpose is to provide leadership on issues of common concern and national interest; to further state library agency relationships with federal government and national organizations; and to initiate cooperative action for the improvement of library services to the people of the United States. 

Its membership consists solely of these top library officers of the states and territories, variously designated as state librarian, director, commissioner or executive secretary. It provides a continuing mechanism for dealing with the problems and challenges faced by the heads of the state agencies which are responsible for statewide library development.

The work of COSLA is carried on through its members, a Board of Directors, and committees. The Chief Officers meet three times a year. The annual meeting is held in the fall, and working sessions are scheduled in conjunction with the mid-winter and Library Legislative Days of the American Library Association.

Concerns of COSLA include effective statewide planning and action to ensure library service adequate to meet the needs of all communities; the strengthening of state library agencies, library systems and effective networks; federal appropriations for library services; national library service programs; use of new technology for library and information service; state library services; availability of state and federal documents; improved library statistics programs; continuing library education programs; and state-federal responsibilities for talking book service to blind and handicapped persons throughout the nation.

 Click here to view COSLA's Organizational Plan for 2014-2018.


Officers and Directors 2017

Sandra Treadway
Librarian of Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia
Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219



Vice President/President Elect:
Stacey Aldrich
State Librarian
Hawaii State Public Library System
44 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813

 Kurt Kiefer
State Librarian
State of Wisconsin
Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, Wisconsin 53707

Karen Mellor
Chief of Library Services
State of Rhode Island
Office of Library and
Information Services
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908


Past President:
Kendall Wiggin
State Librarian
State of Connecticut
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106


Charles Sherrill
State Librarian and Archivist
State of Tennessee
Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37243


Jennie Stapp
State Librarian
Montana State Library
1515 E 6th Avenue
PO Box 201800
Helena, Montana


Timothy Cherubini
Executive Director 
(859) 514-9826

Lauren Myers
Project Coordinator
(859) 402-9767

Vanessa Huff, CMP
Conference and Events Manager
(859) 514-9179

Crystal Trimble
Member Services Specialist     
(859) 514-9833

201 East Main Street, Suite 1405
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 514-9151
Fax : (859) 514-9166 

Pursuant to IRS Regulations, it is the policy of COSLA to allow public access to its original exemption application and to its IRS Form 990. In addition, COSLA will make copies of its governing documents, conflict of interest policy/disclosures, and year-end financial statements available to the public. This access will be provided at COSLA's principal headquarters offices at a time mutually agreeable between its headquarters and the individual requesting the inspection during regular business hours. In addition, COSLA will make each Form 990 information return available for a period of 3 years from filing. Headquarters will provide a copy of the exemption application or Form 990 without charge, other than a reasonable fee for reproduction and actual postage costs, as applicable. The copy must include all information furnished to the IRS as well as all schedules, attachments, and supporting statements, except for the name and address of any contributor to the organization. For further detailed information regarding these IRS requirements, refer to the General Instructions for Form 990.


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