DC Public Library, Public Library Association announce Memory Lab Network Grant recipients

Federal Grant Supports Digital Preservation Programs at Libraries

(Washington, D.C.) - People and families in seven communities moved one step closer to being able to digitize and preserve video tapes, photographs and other family keepsakes at their library. Their libraries have been awarded a Memory Lab Network Grant. 

PLA continues support of Emerging Leaders program through sponsorship of 2018 participants

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a long-time supporter of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders (EL) program, will sponsor the participation of two library professionals in the 2018 EL class. EL is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. 

Public libraries sought for PLA/DC Public Library digital archiving project

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) and DC Public Library are seeking applications from public libraries interested in establishing robust digital preservation/archiving programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded DCPL, in partnership with PLA, a National Leadership Grant (LG-95-17-0079-17) to build Memory Lab digital preservation programs in select libraries across the U.S.

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

Booklist & AASL announce Schools in Need Giveaway Program

Scholastic Partners with ALA  to Give School Librarians a Boost

CHICAGO — Today, Booklist Publications and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announce an exciting initiative to provide expert book-and-media buying assistance to school librarians in need. With help from sponsor Scholastic, year-long subscriptions to Booklist, Book Links, and Booklist Online will be made available to as many as 500 individual schools across the U.S.

PLA, Gail Borden Public Library team up to expand training resources

CHICAGO —, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills, now includes a robust suite of resources and tools for library staff and other educators to use when conducting training in the community. PLA has completed the incorporation the learning modules that comprised Gail’s Toolkit, a project developed by the Gail Borden Public Library District, located in Elgin, Illinois.