Candidate for ALA Division Councilor
Paula Brehm-Heeger is the service operations manager for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, in Ohio, a system consisting of a main library and 40 branch locations. In this role, Paula oversees public services, technical services, collection development, digital services, security services, and materials shipping and handling at one of the nation’s largest and busiest public libraries.
She is professionally active on local, state and national levels and has presented at Ohio Library Council, Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association conferences. She is a frequent contributor to professional journals and her first book, Serving Urban Teens (Libraries Unlimited), was published in 2008. Paula co-authored the article “Remaking One of the Nation’s Busiest Main Libraries,” which appeared in the September/October 2010 issue of Public Libraries and was named Outstanding Feature Article by PLA. Paula is a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), served as an ALA Councilor-at-Large from 2010–2013 and also served as a member of the Ohio Library Council Board from 2010–2011. She enjoys running and hiking with her husband and reading science fiction of all kinds.
“I believe strongly in PLA’s core purpose of strengthening public libraries, and as part of the PLA leadership I will work diligently to support this important purpose. PLA needs to be a leader in helping library staff and decision-makers advance the transformation of public libraries so that we are future-proof and continue to be the most valued asset in every community. I look forward to offering my skills and talents in service of this goal.”