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WHAT IS TBLC?

The Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Inc. (TBLC) is a nonprofit Multitype Library Cooperative that assists and empowers over 120 libraries. All types of libraries – public, academic, school and specialized – are members. Since 1979, TBLC has worked with member libraries to provide better, faster service to the residents of central Florida. 

TBLC members include state colleges, state university system libraries, private academic schools, colleges and universities, public school systems, and public and special libraries. Together these libraries serve over 6.3 million Floridians in central Florida, or over a third of Florida’s population, in 19 of Florida’s 67 counties; Citrus, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter, and Saint Lucie. 

TBLC headquarters, located in Tampa, is the heart of the consortium with 7 staff members. The organization is administered by an executive director and is governed by the 13-member TBLC Board of Directors. The board of directors is composed of elected representatives from member libraries.

Our Mission

TBLC is a community of libraries and the people who work in them committed to collaboration and bettering Floridians’ lives through continuously improving library services. TBLC supports this community’s success by providing essential services, connecting staff through active engagement, and creating an environment of continuous learning and innovation.

Provide services that push the edge of innovation, help libraries and library staff provide services that transform Floridian’s lives and build up the library brand.

Our Staff

Jim Walther 
Executive Director

Jim is TBLC’s 5th Executive Director as we approach our 42nd year. He brings to the position decades of strategic leadership and management in libraries, teaching, and publishing. This year, he will be focusing on the strategic course for TBLC, member outreach, our eServices offerings to members, COVID response and working with our association partnerships.

813-622-8252 x102 jim@tblc.org

Victoria Mclean
Continuing Education Assistant

Vikki assists with the TBLC Continuing Education program and Florida Library Webinars.

813-622-8252 x105   McleanV@tblc.org

Kelly McDonald
Manager of Programs and Services

Kelly manages Ask a Librarian and the TBLC continuing education workshops and conferences.

813-622-8252 x108   kelly@tblc.org

Mike Thompson
Web Programmer

Mike handles the web programming for Ask a Librarian and Delivery.

mike@tblc.org

Matthew Smith
Systems Administrator

Matt manages technology, technical support, troubleshooting and web services for all of our programs and services.

813-622-8252 x101   smithmm@tblc.org

GOVERNANCE

The Tampa Bay Library Consortium is administered by an executive director and is governed by the 13-member TBLC Board of Directors. The board is composed of representatives from the TBLC membership as follows: two representing academic libraries, two representing public libraries, two representing special/school libraries and three at-large. An executive board, made up of president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and past-president, oversees the activities of the board. 

The entire membership of the consortium participates in governance and elects the Board and Officers at the annual TBLC Membership Meeting. Directors serve on the board for a term of three years and terms begin in October. TBLC’s Bylaws were revised in 2019 and guide the organization. 

Members are invited to attend Board of Directors Meetings!

2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT
Sean McGarvey | Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library 

VICE PRESIDENT
Cheryl Morales | Pinellas Public Library Cooperative

TREASURER
Matthew Bodie | St. Petersburg College Libraries

SECRETARY
Lisa Lilyquist | Lakeland Public Library

PAST PRESIDENT
Eric Head | Citrus County Public Library System 

ACADEMIC 
Todd Chavez | University of South Florida Libraries
Lena Phelps
 | South Florida State College 

PUBLIC 
Susan Jacob | St. Lucie County Public Library
George Taylor | Lake County Library System 

SPECIAL 
Elisa Hansen | John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

AT-LARGE
Kresta King | Okeechobee County Public Library
Susan Sharpe | Moffitt Cancer Center Library
Andrew Beman-Cavallaro | Pasco-Hernando State College
Monica Drake | Heritage Village Archives and Library

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