Marcia Warner Elected PLA 2011-2012 President

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For Immediate Release

May 4, 2010

CHICAGO – Marcia Warner, director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library has been elected the 2011-2012 President of the Public Library Association (PLA). Warner will become PLA president-elect at the conclusion of the 2010 ALA Annual Conference this June and will assume the PLA presidency in June 2011 for a one-year term.

Warner acknowledges, “I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve such a prestigious organization at such a critical time. I feel very fortunate to follow the leadership of PLA President, Sari Feldman, and PLA President-Elect, Audra Caplan, and continue to strengthen public libraries and the people who work in them.

Warner has been a member of PLA and the American Library Association (ALA) for 25 years, serving on numerous PLA and ALA committees and the PLA Board of Directors. Her association efforts have benefited conference programming, publications, scholarship programs, and member networking.

Warner earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan and has 30 years experience as a library director, having held the position in several libraries, including the Public Libraries of Saginaw, Mich., and the City of Vassar Public Library, Mich. Her professional career is highlighted by innovative ideas that drive initiatives for application of Lean manufacturing in the library, creation of an easy information wiki, and green thinking from the ground up.

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