Public Library Association

Sally Yates announced as opening session speaker at PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates will join the lineup of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association announced today. She will headline the conference's Opening Session, taking place on Wednesday, Mar. 21. 

PLA continues support of Emerging Leaders program through sponsorship of 2018 participants

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a long-time supporter of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders (EL) program, will sponsor the participation of two library professionals in the 2018 EL class. EL is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. 

PLA recognizes four 'I Love My Librarian' Award winners from public libraries

CHICAGO – On Nov. 30, ten librarians were honored with the prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award at a ceremony in New York City. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, including educators and members of the public, the winning librarians were recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

PLA Webinar to introduce core concepts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries

CHICAGO -- This December, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to present a webinar in December on the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. This webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Public libraries sought for PLA/DC Public Library digital archiving project

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) and DC Public Library are seeking applications from public libraries interested in establishing robust digital preservation/archiving programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded DCPL, in partnership with PLA, a National Leadership Grant (LG-95-17-0079-17) to build Memory Lab digital preservation programs in select libraries across the U.S.

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the board of directors: PLA President and two Directors-at-Large. The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from June 2018 through June 2021.