Leadership Development Committee


To support the leadership development needs of public librarians in accordance with the PLA strategic plan and to advise and recommend to the PLA Board of Directors strategies related to leadership development for the profession.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Provide advice and feedback on PLA leadership development programs and activities
  • Explore new leadership trends, partnerships and effective practices, and communicate these to the field
  • Work with partners, PLA members and staff as appropriate to identify leadership training development needs
  • Explore and review policies, practices, and funding mechanisms used by other organizations to train new leaders

Expected time commitment:

  • Attend ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference (2 hours/year plus travel time)
  • Attend virtual meetings (5–8 hours/year)
  • Review and respond to emails and ALA Connect messages (2–3 hours/year)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Familiarity with PLA strategic plan and leadership model
  • Familiarity with public library leadership needs
  • Skills to apply broad leadership trends to the public library context
  • Ability to represent the public library field and PLA


Megan T. Maurer
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Douglas A. Crane
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Cindy Fesemyer
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Libby Holtmann
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Martha Hutzel
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mary Ellen Icaza
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Jessica Jones
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Megan E. Klein-Hewett
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Denise Rae Lyons
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Jacqueline McGuire
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Derek E. Wolfgram
(Advisor, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Abigail Gadomski
(Staff Liaison, June 6, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Mary R. Hirsh
(Staff Liaison, March 10, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Angela Maycock
(Staff Liaison, August 10, 2022, to June 30, 2024)

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1 chair and up to 10 members (minimum 1 chair and 4 members)


Established at the request of the PLA Board. Supersedes the PLA Leadership Task Force.

Staff Liaison

Angela Maycock

Manager, Continuing Education



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  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
  • Volunteers must be members of ALA and PLA.

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