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 developed a Strategic Plan 2003-2006 to provide an operating framework for the establishment phase of the organisation.
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 current PLA Strategic Plan 2006-2010 was developed from Board and membership input provided at the planning session; and will be reviewed in 2010.
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 2010, including a review of its membership and business models.