Polls now open in 2017 PLA board election

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/16/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)


2017 Board Election
The Polls Are Open!
Voting Deadline: Apr. 5, 2017

One of the benefits of being a PLA member is using the power of your vote to choose the leadership of the organization. In the 2017 PLA election eight nominees will stand for four positions: PLA President, ALA Division Councilor and two Directors-at-Large. These are crucial leadership roles that will guide PLA into the next several years, ensuring the organization delivers on its core purpose to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Get to know your candidates and invest in the future of PLA and public libraries by being a part of the 2017 election.

Candidates for PLA President (2017–2018)

Sara Dallas 
Southern Adirondack Library System, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne 
Palo Alto (Calif.) City Library

Candidates for ALA Division Councilor

Stephanie Chase 
Hillsboro (Ore.) Public Library

James D. Cooper 
Salt Lake County (Utah) Library

Candidates for Director-at-Large

Ist Position

Trisha Burns 
Bay County (Mich.) Library System

Carrie Plymire
Calvert (Md.) Library

2nd Position

Jo Giudice 
Dallas (Tex.) Public Library

Michelle Jeske 
City Librarian
Denver, Colo.

The 2017 elections opened on March 13, 2017 and will close on April 5, 2017. Results will be announced on April 12. For the 2017 elections, eligible members were sent their voting credentials via email between March 13–15, 2017. Any individuals whose emails bounce will be sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing of ALA as well as applicable divisions and round tables as of January 31, 2017.

Also, learn more about the ALA Elections and the candidates for ALA President (2018–2019), Loida Garcia-FeboTerri Grief, and Scott Walter.