New PLA webinar helps libraries improve their virtual side

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/02/2014


Amy Sargent

Marketing and Communications Manager



CHICAGO – Make your library’s virtual presence as welcoming as its physical one with the new webinar, “What Makes a Great Library Website,” to be presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CT on April 30. This one-hour, live webinar will help attendees assess the effectiveness of their library website; clarify patrons’ virtual needs and understand design patterns that can solve common library website problems. Attendees should have some experience using/managing library websites; however no technical knowledge is required.

Instructor Matthew Reidsma is the Web services librarian at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich, as well as the cofounder and editor-in-chief of “Weave: Journal of Library User Experience” (, a peer-reviewed, open access journal for Library User Experience professionals. He speaks about library websites, user experience and responsive design around the world and is a 2013 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.” He writes about libraries and technology at

The cost to attend “What Makes a Great Library Website,” is $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at 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.