Public Libraries Australia Ltd (PLA) was formed in 2002 in response to the identified need for a peak body to represent the Australian public library sector.
PLA has a Board of Directors made up of state / territory representatives elected from and by the PLA membership. PLA also has provision to invite members onto the Board from other public library associations, or from the memberships (see the PLA Constitution for more details)
PLA held its inaugural conference – Libraries Are Loud – But Who’s Listening in November 2005. Some 200 delegates attended this very successful conference.
A strategic planning session held at the conference identified the following mission-critical areas for the future growth and development of PLA:
- Defining the role and deliverables
- Developing a sustainable financial base
- Increasing membership
The PLA Strategic Plan 2006-2010 developed by the Board and membership at the planning session; was reviewed and updated in 2013, and a strategic action plan developed in 2014..
A copy of the strategic plan summary can be downloaded here
PLA is a grass-roots organisation that seeks to represent the aspirations of the public library sector.
PLA will be working on a number of projects in 2015-16, including the development of a member grants program.