CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2022 election. Voting was available March 14 through April 6 and open to all PLA members in good standing.
Members elected Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, director of the Baltimore County Public Library (Md.), as 2022-2023 PLA President. Alcántara-Antoine will serve a three-year term beginning in June that includes one-year terms as president-elect (2022-2023), president (2023-2024) and past president (2024-2025).
“I am honored and honored to be the next elected president of the Association of Public Libraries,” said Alcántara-Antoine upon learning of the election result. “Public libraries are essential to the health and wealth of any community, and public servants who work in libraries serve their communities with dedication, passion and empathy. I’m proud to serve on PLA’s Board of Directors and work alongside innovative leaders to support libraries and library workers. »
As director of the Baltimore County Public Library, Alcántara-Antoine oversees 19 branches, 600 dedicated staff, and an annual budget of $45 million. Prior to joining the library, she was Director of the Newport News Public Library (Va.) and held leadership positions at the Virginia Beach Public Library (Va.) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, Md. ).
Alcántara-Antoine has worked extensively at the PLA, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). Highlights include serving as a coach for the PLA Leadership Academy, member of the PLA National Conference Program Subcommittee, ALA General Counsel, and member of the Anti-Racism Action Teams and ULC’s Digital Equity. She also proudly served with the Maryland Library Association and the Virginia Library Association.
Alcántara-Antoine earned his MLIS from Florida State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. She began her library career as an ALA Spectrum Scholar and has been a champion in recruiting and retaining people of color in the library profession. Alcántara-Antoine is a renowned speaker and mentor on the art and science of library leadership.
Also elected to the APL Board of Directors, as General Managers,
Each will serve a three-year term beginning in June 2022.
PLA thanks all the candidates who stood for election, as well as all the members who voted. Their efforts to influence and improve ABS are extremely valuable for the future of the organization.
Special thanks to the 2022 Nominating Committee, chaired by Ramiro Salazar, for an exceptional list of nominees.
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About the Association of Public Libraries
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, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or [email protected]