Public Library Division (PLD)

Welcome Message

The purpose of the Public Library Division of the Alabama Library Association is to promote public library service and development throughout Alabama. We do this by:

  • supporting increased cooperation among all types of libraries,
  • promoting the profession of librarianship within Alabama's public libraries,
  • representing the interests and concerns of public libraries in relation to the Alabama Library Association and the Alabama Public Library Services, and
  • by developing legislative priorities for the public libraries and other issues as may be pertinent to the Division.

Continuing education, networking and mentoring with other librarians will keep Alabama public libraries a dynamic force within their communities.

Executive Committee

Name Office Email
Heather Cover Chair hcover@bham.lib.al.us
Gloria Repolesk Chair-Elect gloriar@bham.lib.al.us
Barbara Curry Secretary bcurry@appl.info
Carrie Steinmehl Immediate-Past Chair carries@bham.lib.al.us


Committees

NOMINATING

A nominating committee of not less than three members shall be appointed by the Chair. The immediate past Chair shall be the chairman of this committee. The committee shall choose a slate of candidates consisting of at least two nominees for the offices of Chair-Elect and Secretary. The office of Chair shall be filled by the current Chair-Elect. The slate of candidates shall be presented to the membership in a manner and time consistent with the policies of the Alabama Library Association.

Nancy Pack Alabama Public Library Service npack@apls.state.al.us
Carrie Steinmehl Hoover Public Library   carries@bham.lib.al.us

PROGRAM

This committee shall plan and execute all programs for the annual meeting of the division, pre-conferences, or workshops held on behalf of the division and its members. Convention programs shall be arranged in cooperation with the Convention Chairman of the Alabama Library Association. The Chair-Elect shall serve as the chair of this committee.

Gloria Repolesk Emmet O’Neal Library gloriar@bham.lib.al.us
Kelley Tarpley Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library kwtarpley@gmail.com
Barbara Curry Autauga Prattville Public Library bcurry@appl.info
Shannon Haddock Hoover Public Library shannonh@bham.lib.al.us
Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us

STANDARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

This committee shall conduct an annual review of the Standards for Alabama Public Libraries to determine if revisions are necessary. If so determined, this committee shall recommend necessary changes to the Division Executive Committee. Suggested revisions will be provided to the membership of the Division thirty days prior to the annual meeting to be considered for adoption by the Division.

Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us
Debbie Walker Gadsden Public Library debbie@gadsdenlibrary.org
Alisa McLeod Alabama Public Library Service amcleod@apls.state.al.us
Maya Jones Birmingham Public Library: West End mjones@bham.lib.al.us

CERTIFICATION OF ACHIEVEMENT

This committee shall be responsible for the awarding of certification of achievement to libraries in the state of Alabama that meet the requirements established by the Standards Review Committee and that submit proper applications for such certification. The chair of this committee shall have served as a member of the committee or as a member of the Standards Review Committee during the previous year.

Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us
Debbie Walker Gadsden Public Library debbie@gadsdenlibrary.org
Alisa McLeod Alabama Public Library Service amcleod@apls.state.al.us
Maya Jones Birmingham Public Library: West End mjones@bham.lib.al.us

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PUBLICITY

This committee shall have the responsibility for dissemination of all publicity and public relations efforts pertaining to division activities.

Stephanie Taylor Alabama Public Library Service staylor@apls.state.al.us
Katie Guerin North Shelby Public Library KGuerin@shelbycounty-al.org
Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us

MEMBERSHIP

This committee shall encourage one hundred percent annual renewal of membership in the Division, recruit new members, and maintain a membership file. The chair shall represent the Division on the Association’s Membership Committee.

Michelle Hamrick Irondale Public Library mdhamrick@bham.lib.al.us
Emily Allee Birmingham Public Library ekallee@bham.lib.al.us
Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us

BYLAWS

This committee shall conduct an annual review of the constitution and bylaws of the Division to determine if revisions are necessary. If it is so determined, the committee shall recommend necessary changes to the PLD Executive Committee. The chair shall represent the Division on the Association’s Bylaws Committee.

Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us

LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT

This committee shall coordinate activities of the Division with regard to federal and state legislative activities designated to promote the goals and objectives of Alabama’s public libraries and shall recommend legislative policies and programs to the PLD Executive Committee. The chair of this committee shall represent the Division on the Association’s Legislative Development Committee.

Heather Cover Homewood Public Library hcover@bham.lib.al.us

Min-Conference Information

  • PLD hosts a mini-conference on the last Friday of January each year. The 2018 Mini-Conference is scheduled for January 26, 2018. Information on speakers and registration will be posted in November, 2018.

PLD Standards Applications and Workfroms

  • 2018 Workforms and Application are being updated.