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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 2017-2018


Stacey Aldrich
State Librarian
Hawaii State Public Library System
44 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813



Vice President/President Elect:
Jennie Stapp
State Librarian
Montana State Library
1515 E 6th Avenue
PO Box 201800
Helena, Montana 59620

Patience Fredericksen
State Librarian & Director
State of Alaska
Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums
P.O. Box 110571
Juneaur, Alaska 99801

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


Randy Riley
State Librarian
State of Michigan
Library of Michigan
702 West Kalamazoo
PO Box 30007
Lansing, Michigan 48909


Julie Walker
State Librarian
State of Georgia
Georgia Public Library Service


Timothy Cherubini
Executive Director 
(859) 514-9826

Lauren Myers
Project Coordinator
(859) 402-9767

Mary Hope Kramer
Member Services Specialist     
(859) 514-9835

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

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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