Public Library Association

PLA awards recognize 15 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 15 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

PLA encourages public libraries to participate in annual PLDS survey

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association (PLA) is encouraging all public libraries in the U.S. and Canada to participate in the annual Public Library Data Service (PLDS) survey. The survey collects information from public libraries on finances, resources, service usage and technology. A summary of the survey data is published annually in the PLDS Statistical Report. The survey closes on March 31, 2015.

Be among the first group of libraries to implement PLA’s new performance measures

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for the Performance Measures Launch preconference on Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. PLA will convene representatives from up to 50 public libraries and train them on the use of performance measurement surveys and how to interpret and use the data to improve the efficacy of and support for their programs over time.

Library leaders: E-rate opportunities take center stage

Today, at the start of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the Association announced the launch of "Got E-rate?," a new initiative that encourages library leaders to apply for internet discounts as part of the national E-rate program. The initiative is a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent overhaul of the E-rate program, which included adding $1.5 billion to the annual available funding.

PLA to offer two preconferences and a BIG IDEAS event for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconferences and a new BIG IDEAS event dedicated to public library professionals. The following programs require a separate registration; however, you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to attend:

PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals for the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver.

Learn how a very small library created programs with huge success in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to hear how the director of a small library in Texas was able to lead positive change for her library and its growing community. “Passion and Partnership: How a Very Small Library Created Programs with Huge Success” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Feb. 25.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

PLA to recognize the Ferguson Public Library and Scott Bonner at ALA Annual

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) with support from Library Systems and Services, LLC (LSSI) will present a special recognition to the Ferguson (Missouri) Public Library and its director Scott Bonner at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Learn how libraries and technology can impact senior and Alzheimer’s communities in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for a unique program developed by staff at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries to impact an often forgotten segment of the community—those suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s. “Memory Care and Technology: Innovative Ideas to Reach Senior and Alzheimer’s Communities” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Jan. 14.

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