Garvey elected PLA vice-president

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ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

September 2000

Garvey elected PLA vice-president

Toni Garvey, city librarian at Phoenix (Ariz.) Public Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She assumed office at the end of the 2000 ALA Annual Conference.

Garvey brings a wealth of experience in the library world to her duties as PLA president-elect. Prior to the Phoenix Public Library, Garvey served as director of library services at Loudoun County Public Library (Leesburg, Va.) She also held several positions at Tucson-Pima Public Library (Ariz.), working in areas as diverse as Children's Services and the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

When asked about plans for her presidency, Garvey remarked, "I am particularly interested in the endowment that was approved at this year's annual conference, which will enable PLA to enhance continuing education efforts for its members. I will also use this time [of my presidency] to focus on the youth of our communities. I think it's imperative that we invite young people to work with us to develop meaningful opportunities for them in our libraries."

Active in ALA since 1987, Garvey has served on several PLA committees worked with several other ALA divisions. She also has served on the board of directors for Libraries for the Future and on the executive board of Urban Libraries Council. Garvey earned both her master's degree in library science and her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

For more information, contact the PLA office, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA.