PLA membership tops 10,000

Contact: Kathleen Hughes


For Immediate Release

May 21, 2002

PLA membership tops 10,000

Toni Garvey, president of the Public Library Association (PLA) expressed her thanks to all PLA members on the release of the latest membership figures. PLA, as of March 31, 2002, has 10,050 members, the largest membership in the association's history.

PLA is the second largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is largest with 10,741 members and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is third with 8,706.

"I'd like to thank every new member and every renewing member. We are an essential and vibrant organization, and we couldn't do our important work without all of you," said Garvey.

The boost in membership figures can be attributed to PLA's recent conference, which boasted record-breaking attendance figures. PLA is a division of ALA.