Polls now open in 2020 PLA election

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/10/2020


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association


Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 11:59 p.m. Central Time

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association (PLA) 2020 election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new directors to the PLA Board of Directors.

Seven nominees will stand for four positions on the board: PLA President, ALA Division Councilor and two Director-at-Large seats. These are crucial leadership roles that will guide PLA into the next several years, ensuring the organization delivers on its core purpose to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. The members elected in each race will serve three-year terms from June 2020 through June 2023.

To be eligible to vote in the PLA election, individuals must be members in good standing of ALA as well as PLA as of Jan. 31, 2020. Eligible PLA members will receive their voting credentials, instructions and unique ballot URL by email between Mar. 9 and 11. The polls will remain open through Wednesday, Apr. 1, and the election results will be announced on Wednesday, Apr. 8.

Visit the PLA Election page for further details, including profiles of the board candidates. Members can also learn more about this year’s ALA candidates by reviewing “Your Guide to the 2020 ALA Elections.” The guide contains general information about the ALA presidency and candidates, recent ALA presidential initiatives and Council information.

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About the Public Library Association

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 10,000 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, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or pla@ala.org.