Christina H. Gola, director of recruitment and organizational learning at University of Houston Libraries, has been elected to the Texas Library Association (TLA) executive board as president for the 2020-2021 term.
TLA is the largest state library association in the US. With over 6,000 members representing academic, public, school, and special libraries, TLA empowers library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas.
In her role at UH Libraries, Gola manages organizational effectiveness, human resources, and employee development. Throughout her career, Gola has committed to promoting information literacy, equitable access to information, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work has allowed her to serve in leadership positions across the UH campus and within the TLA, collaboratively at the national level within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and as a mentor within UH Libraries, TLA, and the Library Leadership and Management Association. Her leadership approach has been shaped by her experiences with collaborative leadership models, strategic planning, leading change, mentorship, and participating in leadership development such as the TLA TALL Texans Leadership Institute, the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellowship Program. Gola has published and presented on student learning and assessment, leadership in libraries, onboarding, and emotional intelligence.
“Congratulations to Christina,” said Lisa German, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “She will represent UH and all Texas libraries with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care.”