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Mary Davis Fournier named PLA executive director

  • 1.  Mary Davis Fournier named PLA executive director

    Posted May 14, 2021 06:49 PM
    Hello IFRT members,

    Exciting news! ALA announced today the appointment of Mary Davis Fournier as executive director, Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA. Her first day in her new role will be Monday, June 14.

    Fournier is a 20-year veteran of ALA, having served in various roles including, most recently deputy director of the Public Programs Office. At ALA, she spearheaded dozens of groundbreaking projects that have paved the way for innovation in the library field, including Libraries Transforming Communities and the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, and the first "One Book" resource, Planning Your Community-Wide Read. She is the co-editor of Act, Listen, Empower: Grounding Your Library Work in Community Engagement (ALA Editions, 2020), which documents the field's transformational shift toward library-led community engagement.

    Here's a link to the full press release.

    Thank you,


    Eleanor Diaz
    Program Officer
    ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom