Public Library Association

PLA Midwinter Institute features Valerie J. Gross and strategies to redefine the public library

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a thought-provoking Institute at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. "Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Our Distinctive Purpose" will be presented by Valerie J. Gross, president and CEO, Howard County (Md.) Public Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2015.

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO  Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library through Dec.

PLA accepting applications for 2015 PLA Leadership Academy in Charleston, S.C.

CHICAGO  The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

Gain collection (and weeding) confidence with PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Are your library shelves groaning under the weight of a heavy collection? Do you have a litany of excuses to keep a title, even if it is outdated or under circulated? Then it might be time to register for the upcoming, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) — “Weed 'Em and Weep: Hoarding Is Not Collection Development" —at 1 p.m. Central on Aug. 27.

PLA @ ALA Annual proposal deadline this Friday, Aug. 15

CHICAGO The deadline is Friday, Aug. 15, to submit a proposal for a Public Library Association (PLA)-sponsored program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco. Preconference and program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations will be accepted online. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Popular technology trainer course with PLA returns this September

CHICAGO The popular, interactive online course, “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer,” is coming live to a computer near you Sept. 8–Oct. 3, 2014. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for public library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.

New public library data available online

CHICAGO The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) FY2013 data is now available with a special section on outcome measures. This valuable data from more than 1,100 North American libraries can be exclusively accessed and customized through the online data portal PLAmetrics.

Empower patrons and improve nonfiction circulation with tips from new PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Looking for a way to improve customer service, access and "findability" for your patrons? Register for the live, hour-long webinar, "Dewey 2.0: Reinvigorating Your Nonfiction Collections," at 1 p.m. Central on July 23, and come learn how our presenter, Mary Rzepczynski, assistant library director at the Delta Township (Mich.) District Library, led her library in a charge to expand the Dewey for nonfiction collections. In the first year, library staff saw circulation in that area go up by 122 percent.

ALA, public libraries to measure Internet speeds, add to E-rate record

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park will gauge the quality of public access to the internet in our nation’s public libraries this summer.

PLA’s guide to film programming for public libraries

CHICAGO — Screening movies is a fun, engaging way to bring people of all ages into the library, and “Film Programming for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, offers the tools to make movie programming a reality at any public library. Kati Irons, a public librarian who has overseen a county-wide movie program, offers a complete guide to creating, mounting, running and evaluating a successful program. This all-in-one resource from the Public Library Association (PLA) includes:

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