PLA releases 2017 Year in Review

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/05/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO – Last week the Public Library Association (PLA) released its 2017 Year in Review, an annual report highlighting the association’s work in 2017. Featuring numerous images from PLA's 2017 events, the report covers such areas as honors and achievements, advocacy, continuing education, initiatives, leadership, membership and publications.

In a message to PLA members, which accompanied the report, PLA President Pam Sandlian Smith wrote, "As we dive headfirst into the new year’s challenges and opportunities, it’s important to reflect upon the progress we’ve made in the past twelve months. In 2017, PLA worked hard to help libraries support the needs of their communities. We expanded programs that help libraries measure their impact, provide health information to patrons, and increase digital literacy in the community. PLA also worked to build a more diverse field through an amazing library internship program, and much more!"

A  text-based version of the PLA 2017 Year in Review is also available.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

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About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or