Eric Lashley

Executive Director

Eric Lashley is the former Director of the Georgetown Public Library. Lashley served approximately 25 years with the City of Georgetown. During his tenure, the Georgetown Public Library was awarded the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal in 2018, the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums in our country. Eric was named the Texas Librarian of the Year in 2019 by the Texas Library Association.

Eric is areas of expertise:

  • System membership, board training, long-range planning, facilities planning
  • New Director orientation
  • Leadership
  • Board and community presentations
  • Adult collection development & weeding
  • Library management & policies
  • Annual report questions
  • System membership requirements
  • Grant review and information

Paul Waak

Assistant Executive Director

Paul has been with Partners Library Action Network since 2014.  Prior to that, he worked for the Haltom City Public Library for 11 years and the North Texas Regional Library System for 4 years.  He has supported the North Texas Library Consortium (while at NTRLS) and the North Texas Libraries On The Go consortium (while at PLAN).

Paul’s areas of expertise:

  • Technology
  • Literacy / Adult education
  • Consortia development and management
  • Change management
  • Demographics and GIS
  • Services assessment
  • Contract assessment
  • Cataloging
  • Collection management

Samantha Simpson

Vendor Program Manager

  • Procurement
  • Contract and Agreement Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Financial Literacy

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