CHICAGO – Preceding the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Calif., the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a day-long Institute, Public Libraries Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century. The Institute, scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, offers attendees the opportunity to learn from experts and connect with public library professionals from across the country.
Top library administrators and consultants will discuss how public libraries can navigate the current economic environment and will present numerous ideas and best practices to help libraries survive now and grow into the future. There will also be an optional box lunch available to enjoy on-site, providing an opportunity for attendees to network.
Registration for the PLA Institute and the ALA Midwinter Meeting opens on Oct. 1, 2010. Discounted registration is available for PLA and ALA members. Please note: Registration for the Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to attend the Institute.
Public Libraries Survive and Thrive in the 21st Century is an institute dedicated to the future of public libraries. Topics will include making tough budget decisions, fundraising, technology, facilities, staffing, community collaborations, customer service and more.
PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.