2016 PLA Election

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 2016 PLA 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 2016 election. Look below for the candidates and click on each name/photo to learn more.

Also, learn more about the ALA Elections and the candidates for ALA President (2017–2018), Christine Lind HageLisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and James G. (Jim) Neal; and the candidate for ALA Treasurer, Susan Hildreth.

Candidates for PLA President (2017–2018)

The PLA President will be elected for a three-year term beginning after 2016 ALA Annual Conference and completed at 2019 ALA Annual Conference, serving one year each as President-Elect (2016–2017), President (2017–2018), and Past-President (2018–2019).

Candidate for PLA President (2017–2018) Georgia LomaxGeorgia Lomax
Pierce County (Wash.) Public Library

Candidate for PLA President (2017–2018) Pam Sandlian SmithPam Sandlian Smith
Anythink Libraries, Adams County, Colo.

Candidates for Directors-at-Large

There are two available positions for Directors-at-Large, each a three-year term beginning after 2016 ALA Annual Conference and completed at 2019 ALA Annual Conference. Voting PLA members will select two of the following candidates:

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Sonia Alcantara-AntoineSonia Alcantara-Antoine
Public Services Manager
Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Library

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Richard KongRichard Kong
Deputy Director
Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Kevin A. R. KingKevin A. R. King
Head of Branch and IT Services
Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library

Candidate for Director-at-Large (Three-Year Term) Tracy StrobelTracy Strobel
Deputy Director
Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library

*Voting in the 2016 ALA elections will open on March 15 and close on April 22. Results will be announced on April 29. For the 2016 elections, eligible members will be sent their voting credentials via e-mail between March 15–18, 2016. Any individuals whose e-mails bounced 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, 2016. Anyone who reinstates their membership after January 31, 2016 will be ineligible to vote in the 2016 elections.