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PLA Member Spotlight: ALA Annual Conference 2024

by on June 27, 2024

The 2024 ALA Annual Conference will take place in just a few days during June 27–July 2, 2024 in San Diego, CA. PLA will host over a dozen top-quality educational programs on public library topics at #ALAAC24, alongside the conference’s 150+ educational programs available on the Conference Scheduler. Two PLA members are among a spectacular panel of presenters on the program “Turning the Page: How to Design a Library for the Future”, taking place Sunday, June 30, at 9:00am-10:00am PT. Read on to learn more about these PLA members!

Tammy Baggett headshot

Tammy Baggett has served as library director of Durham County Library for nearly 14 years and is passionate about delivering quality library services. Tammy is an invaluable resource for assisting with team building, change management, coaching for success, and goal setting. She enjoys giving back to the profession by mentoring others and providing motivational speeches. She is committed to service excellence and providing resources within the library system that reflects the rich tapestry of our community. It’s her philosophy that we should all work together to make the world a better place; and what better way to start that the power of reading for pleasure and knowledge.

“I’m excited to attend the upcoming ALA conference and to hear, learn, and collaborate on best practices, impact stories, and to support one another with the challenges we face within the library profession. ‘Turning the Page: How to Design a Library for the Future’ is an opportunity for others to better understand the process of designing a public library that exceeds community expectations.”

Terri Luke headshotTerri Luke‘s career began in a school library in Dallas, Texas. Forty-seven years later, that career has brought her to Nashville Public Library, where she serves as Interim Director.

Before assuming that role in July 2023, Terri was Assistant Director for Branch Services, responsible for 21 branches in the NPL system. One of these branches – a newly built, two-story facility that measures 25,000 square feet– will open in June 2024. Before arriving at Nashville Public Library, Terri served for thirty-two years at Wake County Public Libraries, including as a Senior Manager for Facilities. In that capacity, she managed nine renovations and seven new construction projects. She earned national recognition for excellent facility design by an appointment to the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards jury.

“I’m passionate about this program because I believe that warm, inviting, and inspiring library facilities are places to create joy and bring communities together. Sometimes, a building project happens once in a person’s career. With the experience I’ve earned in facilities projects, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and learning from others.

“At the ALA Annual Conference, I’m looking forward to learning from fellow library employees across the nation and getting a chance to network with people who share a passion for public libraries and a commitment to public service.”

View the full list of PLA programs taking place at the ALA Annual Conference here. Browse all the programs taking place at the conference here.

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