For immediate release | March 27, 2012

PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president and two directors-at-large.

“PLA elections offer a significant opportunity to impact the leadership and direction of the association, “said Marcia Warner, PLA president and director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library. “I cannot stress enough how important it is for PLA members to participate. It’s a small investment of time to make a big difference.”

The positions and candidates are as follows:

PLA President (2013–2014) The PLA President will be elected for a three-year term, serving one year each as President-Elect, President and Past-President.

Directors-at-Large (Three-Year Terms) Two PLA members will be elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms. There are two unique races for each position.

1st position:

2nd position:

To be eligible to vote, individuals must be ALA and PLA members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2012. The election is held online; members should have received instructions and passcodes via email from For missing emails, check junk e-mail boxes or contact Eugenia Porter ( in the ALA Member and Customer Service Department. Exceptions to the online election will be made for members with disabilities and without Internet access. These individuals may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. The polls close on Friday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m. Central. On May 4, the Election Committee will meet at the ALA offices to certify the election. Election results will be released following that meeting.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


Amy Sargent

Manager, Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024