Public Library Association

PLA to host three webinars in May

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced its webinar offerings for the month of May. All three webinars are offered free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Please click the webinar titles below for more information or to register.

Improving the Quality of Youth Programs
Thurs., May 2; 1-2 p.m. Central Time

ALA, PLA Select First Round of Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Awardees: 20 Pennsylvania Public Libraries Receive Funding for Workforce Development

Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of 20 libraries* in Pennsylvania selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Grow with Google.

PLA announces plans to commemorate 75th anniversary

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will officially turn 75 years old on Oct. 13, 2019, and the entire public library field is encouraged to be a part of PLA’s Diamond Anniversary celebration. From now through the PLA 2020 Conference, we will recognize this milestone by reflecting on our storied history, commemorating our achievements, honoring the people who have contributed to our success and preparing for an even brighter future.

2019 Public Library Association Election results

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2019 Election. Voting was available from Mar. 11 through Apr. 3, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

ALA President to Speak at U.S. Census Bureau Press Conference

On April 1, 2019, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will give remarks at a public briefing held by the U.S. Census Bureau to mark the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census.

PLA announces webinar series on cultural intelligence in libraries

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced it will host a webinar series for library professionals on the topic of cultural intelligence. The term “cultural intelligence,” popularly abbreviated as CQ, refers to a person’s ability to function effectively across the boundaries that divide nations, ethnic groups and organizations.

PLA opens Public Library Data Service survey for Fiscal 2018

CHICAGO — All public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are invited to complete an important survey, which collects important information on public libraries' finances, resources, service usage and technology from Fiscal Year 2018. A summary of the survey data is published annually in PLA's Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report. The FY 2018 survey is opening later in the year due to administrative delays.

Public Library Association unveils 2019 award winners

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Award and grant recipients are chosen by member volunteers who serve on PLA’s Award Juries.

Polls now open in 2019 PLA Election

Voting Deadline: Wednesday, April 3

CHICAGO -- The voting period has begun in the Public Library Association's (PLA) 2019 Election. Members will have an opportunity to elect three new directors to the PLA Board of Directors and weigh in on an important ballot measure.