Jan Sanders elected PLA vice-president

Contact: Angela Thullen
PLA, Marketing Specialist
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006

Jan Sanders elected PLA vice-president

CHICAGO - Jan Sanders, director of Information Services at the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Sanders will become PLA president-elect in July 2006 and will assume the PLA presidency in July 2007.

Sanders has been involved with libraries for more than 30 years, serving as children's librarian, bookmobile librarian, branch manager, community college librarian, and library construction supervisor before becoming a director in 1990.
Her career has led her to Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Washington, and now California.

An active member of ALA for more than 20 years, Sanders has served on various ALA, PLA and Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Committees.
She is currently an ALA Councilor at Large and a member of the PLA Board of Directors.
Sanders is also an active member of many community organizations, including the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Pasadena Arts Council, and Rotary International.

Much of Sanders' work on behalf of ALA has focused on legislative and advocacy issues.
She led a successful campaign to build a library and create a foundation for the Bartlesville (Okla.) City Library.
As chair of the ALA Committee on Legislation, she led a 500-member delegation to National Legislative Day in Washington (DC).

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to be named PLA's next president-elect," said Sanders.
"Our organization has always set the standard for excellence in America's public libraries, and we must continue in that tradition.
We have much to do to promote advocacy, to encourage further professional development, and to ensure that we are creating trends, not just following them."

Sanders earned her master's degree in library science from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in English education from Northwest Missouri State University.

For more information, call the PLA office, 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA's web site at