PLA 2014 Election

Voting in the 2014 election began at 9:00 AM Central on March 19, 2014. Ballots will close at 11:59 PM on April 25, 2014. If you have problems accessing your ballot, contact support@directvote.net.

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 PLA 2014 election opening in March 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 that PLA 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 2014 election. Look below for the candidates and click on each name to learn more.

Learn more about the ALA Elections and Presidential Candidates, Maggie Farrell and Sari Feldman.

PLA President (2015–2016)

The PLA President will be elected for a three-year term, serving one year each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President.

James Cooper
Director, Salt Lake County (Utah) Library Services

Vailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library

ALA Division Councilor

There is one available positions for ALA Division Councilor, three-year term (beginning after ALA Annual Conference 2014 and completed at ALA Annual Conference 2017). Voting PLA members will select one of the following candidates:

Paula Brehm-Heeger
Service Operations Manager, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio

Rivkah Sass
Director, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library

Directors-at-Large

There are two available positions for directors-at-large, three-year term (beginning after ALA Annual Conference 2014 and completed at ALA Annual Conference 2017). Voting PLA members will select two of the following candidates:

Rita Hamilton
City Librarian, Phoenix (Ariz.) Public Library

Melanie Huggins
Executive Director, Richland Library, Columbia, S.C.

Nancy Ledeboer
Library Director, Spokane County (Wash.) Library District

Manya Shorr
Assistant Director, Community Programs and Services, Omaha (Neb.) Public Library