PLA Program Committee

Committee Charge

To develop and submit programs to the PLA National Conference Committee that will specifically address the issues and concerns of library Trustees, Friends and Foundations; to implement such programs upon PLA approval and acceptance of these submittals. These committee members serve a two-year term.

Minimum Expectations

  • Meet remotely beginning in the fall following the last PLA spring conference.
  • Develop a minimum of one program for Trustees and/or Friends. Seek and obtain permission of speakers for any and all program proposals.
  • Submit proposal to PLA conference program committee by deadline.
  • Ensure that speakers are kept up-to-date on proposed program.
  • Following program acceptance, work with staff to promote the program.
  • Ensure that on-site program location is set up according to request with proper equipment available at least 45 minutes prior to program.

2016-2018 Committee Members

United for Libraries members may access the roster of United for Libraries committee members (PDF, 516 kb) with contact information.

Marcellus Turner, Chair
Nann Blaine Hilyard
Alice Calabrese-Berry
Peggy Danhof
Deborah Doyle
Pat Hogan
Kathy Spindel


The PLA Program Committee meets in person during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Conference calls may be scheduled by the chair as needed.

Staff Liaisons

Beth Nawalinski
Executive Director
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2161


Email: The email address to use for contacting committee members is Only committee members and staff liaisons can post messages to the electronic discussion group.

Conference Calls: At the request of the committee chair, one or more conference calls can be scheduled with the assistance of United for Libraries staff.

ALA Connect: Each committee has a virtual "space" in ALA Connect where committee members can post messages and share documents among committee members. This option should only be utilized if all committee members agree to using ALA Connect as their primary means of communication.


The chair will complete a report for each meeting and submit to the staff liaison, to include a sign-in sheet.

Tools & Resources

Basics of Parliamentary Procedures (PDF, 11 kb)

How to Chair a Committee

For more information, please read "A Short History of United for Libraries" (PDF, 51 kb) by past-president Peggy Danhof.

Committee/Task Force Report Form (PDF, 32 kb)

Committee Meeting Attendance Form (PDF, 80 kb)

PLA Conference Program Success Strategies & Timeline for more information (PDF, 84 kb) by Sally Gardner Reed

NEW: United for Libraries Resources

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