Public Library Association

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:

PLA now accepting proposals for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco.

Take on your library’s marketing plan with new webinar from PLA

CHICAGO – The prospect of writing a marketing plan can instill dread in many a library professional, but a new live, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) can help tackle this daunting task. “Marketing Plans for the Faint of Heart,” at noon Central on Monday, June 23, will offer an instructive look at the steps in a marketing plan that are critical to success and will highlight the differences among marketing, promotion, publicity, outreach and public relations to enable clear goal setting.

ALA conference sessions to teach library professionals to 'turn outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Library professionals are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to offer a series of sessions at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference that will help librarians leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The 2014 ALA Annual Conference will take place June 26 to July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Take advantage of programming dedicated to public library staff at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – With three preconferences and nearly 20 programs, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an array of programming dedicated to public library staff attending the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Things get started from 8:30 a.m. - noon on Friday, June 27, with three half-day preconferences:

PLA Boot Camp application deadline is June 13

CHICAGO — The application deadline, June 13, for the Public Library Association (PLA) Results Boot Camp is fast approaching. The program, “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs,” will be led by June Garcia and Sandra Nelson, Aug. 4-8, at the Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library.

Author Barry Lopez to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will celebrate its annual award winners and offer a special President’s Program featuring author Barry Lopez from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on June 29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center–N249, during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Learn how to keep your library (and everyone in it) safe with PLA’s violence prevention webinar

CHICAGO – Public library staff, by their sheer nature of being “public,” are particularly vulnerable to encountering dangerous or difficult individuals. Learn how to identify potentially violent behavior as well as strategies to diffuse or, in the worst case, survive the situation in the hour-long, live webinar, “Violence Prevention in the Public Library,” presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CT on May 14.

PLA members elect Oehlke as president-elect; Huggins, Sass and Shorr to board

CHICAGO — Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Public Library Association (PLA). Oehlke acknowledged, “I am truly honored to have been elected. I am passionate about the work PLA is doing on behalf of public libraries and am excited to engage our field in the conversations necessary to ensure libraries remain responsive and vital to our communities.”

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