Meet the Director

Dr. Nancy C. Pack has served as the director of the Alabama Public Library Service since September 2014. She brings more than 35 years of librarianship in seven states across a variety of different library settings. With a strong background in library administration, consultation services, and academic instruction, Dr. Pack is dedicated to advancing library services and resources across Alabama.

 Her extensive career includes leadership roles in both public and special libraries, where she has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and excellence. Dr. Pack's expertise extends beyond traditional library roles; she has also been actively involved in shaping library education programs, ensuring the next generation of librarians are well-prepared to meet the evolving needs of their communities.

In addition to her contributions at the state level, Dr. Pack has made significant impacts nationally. Her leadership extends to various committees and initiatives, where she has played a pivotal role in shaping operational guidelines and standards for library services. Through her with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the National Library for the Blind, Dr. Pack remains at the forefront of advancing library education and professional standards.

 With her passion for libraries and dedication to service, Dr. Pack continues to drive positive change and innovation within the Alabama Public Library Service, ensuring that libraries across the state remain vibrant hubs of learning, connection, and opportunity.

Pack believes that every city and town in the state should have access to a great public library. During her tenure at APLS, she has worked diligently to provide statewide resources to strengthen all of Alabama’s public libraries.

Her first public library visits were to a quaint courthouse basement in a rural Arkansas town. Despite the modest surroundings, the quality experiences she found there instilled her belief that libraries are excellent places to learn, explore, and examine your interests and curiosities.

While libraries have grown and expanded the services they provide over time, Pack understands that the core of what they represent remains the same:

            • Libraries fundamentally serve as a gathering place for the communities they serve
            • Libraries serve the community by providing access to an array of resource in many forms (e.g., print, digital, tactile, and streaming).

A world of possibilities awaits at your nearest public library. Plan a visit today!