PLA Mission and Strategy

PLA reaffirms commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice

At the recent Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, there were reports of violations of ALA’s Code of Conduct and the ALA Executive Board has released this statement.

Like ALA, PLA is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our members. In its 2018–2022 Strategic Plan, the PLA Board of Directors affirmed its commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ). This work requires persistent and vigilant efforts to speak out and take action against oppression in public libraries, in society, and within the library profession. To fully meet these goals, we must examine and test our systems for acting when we fall short of our aspirations, acknowledge gaps and shortcomings, and take action to do better. To this end, PLA commits to:

  • Supporting and participating in training and forums to address systemic racism in professional associations;
  • Re-examining our own systems for developing and delivering inclusive and respectful programs and events, and for responding in a timely and transparent manner when incidents arise that violate the ALA Code of Conduct;
  • Continuing and expanding training and resources that support equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in PLA, ALA and our libraries;
  • Equipping our members with tools, mentoring/coaching, learning opportunities, and other resources to advocate and apply EDISJ principles in their libraries and communities.

Please join PLA leaders in reaffirming our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and advancing social justice in our libraries, our communities, and our association. We appreciate all your contributions and look forward to our work together. Please don’t hesitate to share any questions or thoughts with PLA at

Governance and other key documents, including mission and goals, strategic plan, bylaws, and reports.

Mission and Goals
From the PLA Strategic Plan (see below), approved by the PLA Board of Directors June 2018.

Strategic Plan 2018–2022
Approved by the PLA Board of Directors June 2018.

ALA Reorganization
Our parent organization, the American Library Association (ALA), is currently engaged in a comprehensive review and study of the its governance, member participation, and legal structures. The 19-member group undertaking this work on behalf of ALA is called the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE), which is exploring ideas for the future organization of ALA and its governance groups such as the executive board and council as well as relationships with divisions, round tables, and committees. PLA is represented on this committee by Past Presidents Felton Thomas, Jr. and Vailey Oehlke.

Reports and Key Documents

President's Reports
Two most recent years; older reports available in the ALA Institutional Repository:

Board Meeting Materials and Minutes
PLA Board documents are available 2008–present, and minutes of Board actions are available 2007–present, in ALA Connect.

Adopted June 1951. Amended June of 1962, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980; July 1981; June of 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 special ballot, 2003, 2008; May 2011; April 2019.

Charge from Council
ALA Council (1978). Approved by the PLA Board of Directors, ALA Annual Conference 2002, Atlanta, GA.

2020: PLA's Year in Review
A visual presentation of PLA's 2020 year in review; a text version is also available. Previous years: