Public Library Association seeks volunteers for committees, task forces, and advisory groups

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/13/2020


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

Members encouraged to apply by April 24

CHICAGO -- Attention: Public Library Association (PLA) members. Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and become more active in PLA? Please consider applying to serve as a volunteer on one of our committees, task forces, or advisory groups. Our volunteers help shape the Association by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of public librarianship.

Volunteers must be PLA members in good standing for the duration of their appointment. They are expected to participate in regular meetings and communicate with their fellow committee members via email and ALA Connect. Most meetings are held virtually, with some meetings held in person during national ALA and PLA conferences. The maximum number of ALA committees a volunteer may serve on concurrently is three.

If you are interested in volunteering, please login to and complete the Volunteer Application Form. Applications are accepted year-round, and members may apply at any time. However, to guarantee that your application will be considered for 2020-2021 term, please submit it no later than Friday, Apr. 24. PLA requires up-to-date information to make its appointments, so prospective volunteers who last applied prior to Jan. 1, 2019 are asked to submit an updated application for the 2020-2021 term. While PLA is not able to accommodate all volunteer requests, we will retain each applicant's name and committee preferences for two years' time to be considered during two rounds of appointments. 

To learn more about PLA volunteer opportunities, click here or call the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA (5752). You may also click here to learn about other ways to become involved with PLA.

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About PLA

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