PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Anna Coats and Carmen Sanchez

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/24/2014


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing


CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Anna Coats and Carmen Sanchez as its representatives for the 2015 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is focused on helping develop the next generation of public library leaders and is very pleased to support the Emerging Leader program,” said PLA President Larry Neal. “We look forward to the positive contributions of this year’s cohort and wish to congratulate Carmen and Anna on their achievements.”

The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development initiative that enables newer library workers to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

"I am so excited to be a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader and honored to be sponsored by PLA,” said Coats, head of youth services at Livingston (New Jersey) Public Library. “I am looking forward to meeting all of the Emerging Leaders in person at ALA Midwinter in Chicago and working together."

Sanchez, library technician at Rancho Cucamonga (California) Public Library, said “I’m thrilled to have been selected as one of ALA’s Emerging Leaders! I'm looking forward to the opportunity to connect and work alongside librarians who share my passion and commitment for serving our communities and contributing to our profession.”

Anna and Carmen will each receive $1,000 to attend the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Ill. and the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, where they will participate in Emerging Leader activities. In addition to their participation at the conferences they will also benefit from networking and online learning activities. The program concludes with a poster session presentation to showcase the results of their project planning work.

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders program.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.