PLA 2015 Election

Polls Now Open!

Eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via e-mail between March 2427, 2015. Any individuals whose e-mails bounced will be sent a “snail-mail” letter with their voting credentials. To ensure receipt of their voting credentials, members should watch for emails from: ALA Election Coordinator, Subject line will be “ALA 2015 election login information below.” The polls will close on Friday, May 1 at 11:59 PM Central.

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 2015 election opening in March six nominees will stand for three positions—PLA President 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 2015 election. Look below for the candidates and click on each name to learn more.

Learn more about the ALA Elections and Presidential candidates, Joseph Janes, JP Porcaro, James LaRue, and Julie Todaro

PLA President (2016–2017)

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

Gary Shaffer
Chief Executive Officer, Tulsa City-County (Okla.) Library

Felton Thomas, Jr.
Director, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library


There are two available positions for directors-at-large, three-year term (beginning after ALA Annual Conference 2015 and completed at ALA Annual Conference 2018). Voting PLA members will select two of the following candidates:

Brian Auger
Director, Somerset County (N.J.) Library System

Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson
Executive Director, Houston (Tex.) Public Library

Gina Millsap
Chief Executive Officer, Topeka & Shawnee (Kans.) County Public Library

Skye Patrick
Director, Broward County (Fla.) Libraries