Public Library Association

PLA to hold short-fiction writing contest this fall

National competition begins Sept. 25

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is inviting writers to submit original works of short fiction for a National Writing Contest taking place this fall.

Only original works of short fiction written by the submitter will qualify. Submissions must be in English and fit within the contest theme of “courage.” Submissions may not exceed 8,000 characters, including spaces, and must be submitted electronically; paper manuscripts will not be accepted. 

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – As part of a key strategic initiative, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This new resource can be used to supplement libraries’ marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work.

New policy brief highlights state initiatives to promote family engagement in public libraries

BOSTON — State library leaders are promoting two-generation approaches to early learning and fostering environments in which children and the adults in their lives have equal opportunities to create knowledge and gain new skills together. The Global Family Research Project’s new policy brief, State Library Administrative Agencies: Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning, features such initiatives in four states—California, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland.

Publication focused on serving entrepreneurs added to ‘Quick Reads’ series

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA members in good standing. 

ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. A release reception will be held Friday, June 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in the exhibit hall at Google booth #4029.  

PLA launches new interest groups in online community platform

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has unveiled eight new interest groups in the online community platform, ALA Connect. ALA Connect is a site where members of ALA meet and mingle virtually, discuss library-related topics and issues, share ideas, collaborate in communities, and come together to do the work of the Association.

Extensive programming for public librarians available at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- With big-name speakers and diverse educational offerings, the Public Library Association (PLA) offers something for every public library worker in its programming at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, taking place June 21-26 in New Orleans, La.

Two PLA Conference programs, cancelled in Philadelphia, now offered as free webinars

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that the content from two educational programs originally scheduled for presentation at the PLA 2018 Conference will be offered as free webinars this month. The two programs -- Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices for Youth and Your Neighbor is a Writer: Curating a Local E-Book Collection -- were cancelled due to the weather-related travel difficulties that prevented the presenters' arrival in Philadelphia for the conference. Both webinars are free, but registration is required and space is limited.