For immediate release | January 18, 2013

Twenty-four public librarians chosen to attend PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO – Following review of more than 160 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee and PLA President Eva Poole chose 24 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 4-8, 2013, in Chicago. Congratulations to:

1. Martha Baden, Prescott (Ariz.) Public Library

2. Donna Browne, Muncie (Ind.) Public Library

3. Renee Di Pilato, Alexandria (Va.) Library

4. Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library, Bow, N.H.

5. Marc Gartler, Madison (Wisc.) Public Library

6. Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library

7. Toby Greenwalt, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

8. Monica Harris, Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library

9. Jennifer Hoffman, Denver (Colo.) Public Library

10. Penny Hummel, Canby (Ore.) Public Library

11. Jason Hyatt, Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library

12. Michelle Jeske, Denver (Colo.) Public Library

13. Miriam Lytle, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, Ill.

14. Suzanne McGowan, Rangeview Library District, Thornton, Colo.

15. Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library

16. Donna Osborne, Berkeley County (S.C.) Library System

17. Jill Porter, Traverse Area (Mich.) District Library

18. Sylvia Richardson, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estate, Calif.

19. Jennifer Schember, Las-Vegas Clark County (Nev.) Library District

20. John Skrtic, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library

21. Kris Springer, St. Joseph County (Ind.) Public Library, German Township Branch

22. Aiden Street, Southwest Oklahoma City (Okla.) Public Library, Pioneer Library System

23. Ali Turner, Hennepin County (Minn.) Library

24. Hillary Theyer, Torrance (Calif.) Public Library

Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community will offer a groundbreaking focus on developing the skills needed to work with local government and community partners to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the effectiveness of library activities and programs. It will include lectures, team activities and a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers.

The PLA Leadership Academy is a pilot project developed with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant with the intent to design a leadership training model that enhances the capacity of libraries to advance community goals and to be active change agents in communities across the United States. The PLA Leadership Academy will be assessed for effectiveness and sustainability. The curriculum is designed by the PLA Leadership Task Force with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and builds on PLA’s previous leadership training initiatives.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

About the Public Library Association

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. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at

About the International City/County Management Association

ICMA is the premier organization of professional local government leaders building sustainable communities to improve lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.


Amy Sargent

Manager, Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024