The American Library Association (ALA) Council has elected Sacramento Public Library Director Peter Coyl to serve on the ALA Executive Board. Elected
board members will begin a three-year term in July 2024 and conclude in June 2027.
The ALA Executive Board manages the affairs of the association. It is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director and ten members elected by Council from among the members of that body.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be chosen by my colleagues to help lead our Association,” Coyl said. “I believe in the power of libraries to change lives, and I am excited to continue the great work we are doing to defend the right to read, preserve access to our libraries, and advocate for library workers.”
As Sacramento Public Library Director & CEO, Coyl oversees the state’s fourth-largest library system which serves Sacramento County with 28 locations and two bookmobiles. Coyl is a leader in the library industry. He currently serves as the Intellectual Freedom Round Table councilor and is a member of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. He is the former President of the Freedom to Read Foundation; past Chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table; past Chair of the Stonewall Book Awards; and a former member of the PLA Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Task Force.
About The American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit www.ala.org