For immediate release | January 31, 2017

PLA releases 2016: PLA's Year in Review

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) today released 2016: PLA’s Year in Review, a new report highlighting the association’s work in 2016.

In a message sent today to PLA members, PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. reflected on 2016’s highlights, stating, “on behalf of the PLA board and staff, I’d like to thank the many members, volunteers and partners who made it all possible. We look forward to another year of working hard to earn our place as the indispensable ally for public library leaders and staff, no matter the challenges that lie ahead.”

The report highlights a variety of PLA activities including honors and achievements, advocacy, continuing education, initiatives, leadership, membership and publications. A text-only version of the report has also been made available.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

About 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 9,000 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, visit


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Marketing and Membership

Public Library Association (PLA)