Polls now open in 2019 PLA Election

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/11/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)


Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 3

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2019 Election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new directors to the PLA Board of Directors and weigh in on an important ballot measure.

Six nominees will stand for three positions on the board: PLA President and two Director-at-Large seats. These are crucial leadership roles that will guide PLA into the next several years, ensuring the organization delivers on its core purpose to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. The member elected in each race will serve a three-year term from June 2019 through June 2022.

Also on the ballot for the 2019 Election is a measure which proposes adding a new position, Fiscal Officer, to the PLA Board. The Fiscal Officer would also serve as chair of the PLA Budget & Finance Committee and as liaison to the American Library Association (ALA) Budget Analysis & Review Committee. If the ballot measure is approved, the first fiscal officer will be appointed by the immediate past-president to a three-year term beginning July 2019.

To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing of ALA as well as applicable divisions and round tables as of Jan. 31, 2019. Eligible PLA members will receive their voting credentials, instructions and unique ballot URL by email between Mar. 11 and 13. Any individual whose email bounces back will be sent a letter on Mar. 18, through the U.S. Postal Service, containing their voting credentials. The polls will remain open through Wednesday, Apr. 3, and the election results will be announced on Wednesday, Apr. 10.

Visit the PLA Election page for further details, including profiles of the six board candidates and an in-depth explanation of the ballot measure.

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About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.