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Public Library Association awarded grant to sponsor summer library internships

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced today that it will pilot a diversity-focused library internship program this summer. PLA received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) to launch the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) program, which seeks to introduce young people from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship.

Public Library Association members elect Ziesenhenne as 2018-19 president; Chase, Jeske and Plymire to board

CHICAGO — Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, director of the Palo Alto (California) City Library, has been elected 2018-2019 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). She will serve a three-year term beginning after 2017 ALA Annual Conference in June, including one year each as president-elect (2017–2018), president (2018–2019) and past-president (2019–2020).

PLA to offer strategic planning workshop at conference for rural and small libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will hold a one-day workshop on strategic planning specifically for small and rural libraries. The PLA Dynamic Planning Institute, will be offered as a preconference session at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, taking place September 6-9 in St. George, Utah.

April 14 last day to submit session proposals for 2018 PLA Conference

CHICAGO — The deadline for prospective speakers to submit session proposals for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference is almost here. The 2018 Conference, to be held March 20-24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will challenge its attendees to Imagine the Possibilities. Preconference and program proposals must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 14, 2017.

New publication offers practical ideas to help libraries engage families in learning and development

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) are proud to announce the release of their collaborative publication, Ideabook: Libraries for Families. This publication is intended to inspire libraries to create meaningful family engagement experiences by sharing the many innovative ways that their peers support and guide families in children’s learning and development in such areas as reading, mathematics, language and literacy.

PLA to offer free webinar on measuring outcomes for better summer library programs

This April, the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a free webinar to help libraries measure the success of their summer reading and learning programs. The webinar, Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build a Better Summer Library Program, will be held on April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

Public libraries play vital role in advancing health literacy

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the Information Policy & Action Center found that public libraries in the U.S. advance equal access to health information in many important ways.

PLA to present webinar on libraries and sustainability

The future of libraries depends on our ability to take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. In April the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a webinar exploring the importance of infusing the concept of sustainability into library programming. The webinar, titled Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, will be presented on Wednesday, April 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time.

Valerie Jarrett announced as keynote speaker for PLA Member Welcome Breakfast at ALA Annual Conference

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is proud to welcome Valerie B. Jarrett, former director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs under U.S. President Barack Obama , as the featured speaker at its Member Welcome Breakfast. PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. will host this exclusive event, taking place at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

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