Allegheny County libraries launch campaign to diversify leadership boards and committees

In 2021, ACLA launched The Talent Bank – a new online resource to help local libraries to acquire the interest and talents of community members to serve in leadership positions.

Many opportunities for library board of trustees and volunteer committee positions exist among ACLA’s 46 public libraries.  Through The Talent Bank, ACLA and its member libraries are working to ensure library leadership reflects the richness and diversity of each community.

Those interested can visit ACLA’s website ( and submit an expression of interest.  An individual’s information will be sent to their local library for consideration. Libraries will independently reach out to each applicant to discuss volunteer opportunities for boards and/or committees.

“The use and popularity of libraries has grown given the expansion of resources and services provided to residents,” said Amy Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny County Library Association.  “Because our libraries represent all of our community needs, it’s absolutely essential that library leadership reflect the people who live in our communities.”

ACLA’s member libraries deliver services in more than 70 locations. Collectively, they jointly offer downloadable books, audios, and videos, the ability for users to borrow tools or cooking equipment, enjoy live readings or music, use a computer or take a tutoring session, along with a diverse calendar of programming events.

Library boards often have a range of subcommittees for individuals to serve.  Board and committee service are on a voluntary basis and do not offer financial compensation. Those interested should visit ACLA’s website for more information –