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President's Welcome

President's Welcome 


Welcome to the Pennsylvania Library Association – a membership organization dedicated to supporting Pennsylvania libraries since 1901. I am honored to serve as President of the Association for 2020. I have been a member of the organization for over 10 years and have served in various capacities. Through the Association, I have made tremendous connections, gained invaluable leadership skills and most of all – been given the opportunity to learn how to advocate for our libraries.


The Pennsylvania Library Association offers many ways for members to be involved. Make sure to check out educational and social opportunities being offered by our Chapters across the state. From pizza crawls, to paint nights, to library nights at the ballpark to educational workshops – Chapters offer a great way to get involved in your local library community. I was Chair of the Northeast Chapter in 2014 and know just how vital the work of chapters are.

For those seeking to build on their leadership skills – check out The Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies. The Academy offers three different leadership programs - one for those with an MLS, one for library directors and one for staff who may not have a “title” but are interested in gaining leadership skills. I am a proud graduate of the MLS program from 2010. I find myself using the skills gained during the Academy on a daily basis. 

Our Association’s foundation is advocacy and we work every day to make sure that libraries are represented at the legislative level. We encourage our members to advocate for libraries and offer opportunities to learn about how the association is advocating for our libraries. If you are interested in learning more about how you can advocate for your library – ask me!

Our association would not be the robust organization it is today without our members. If you are a member – THANK YOU! I encourage you to consider a leadership position at the Chapter, Division, Committee, Roundtable or Board level. There are so many ways for you to serve. If you are not yet a member – I personally ask that you consider becoming one. The benefits to membership are countless and we can’t do it without you.

2020 is my year to focus on getting things right. Please let me know how you think our Association is doing – whether it’s what we are doing well or even what we could be doing better.

All my best,

Michele Legate

2020 Pennsylvania Library Association President


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