Public Library Association

September 2017 update from the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

As the nation grapples with a resurgence of hateful rhetoric and white supremacist violence, public libraries are finding themselves, naturally, at the center of critical community conversations around inclusion, tolerance, and safety. It's timely that the PLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force began our work in earnest this summer at ALA Annual in Chicago.

Partnership supports renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study

Updated research report will identify the most effective ways to advocate for public library funding

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and OCLC are pleased to announce a partnership to produce an update to OCLC’s 2008 report, “From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America,” which explored voter attitudes and perceptions about library funding.

Library staff gather virtually for discussion of national opioid crisis

CHICAGO -- From discarded needles in outdoor spaces to overdoses in bathrooms, public libraries in communities of all sizes are acutely impacted by the dramatic rise in opioid abuse. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years of age.

September webinar focuses on measuring effect of digital literacy services

CHICAGO – Nearly all public libraries offer some sort of digital literacy services, ranging from group computer classes to individual tutoring assistance, but how do library staff know their efforts are achieving the desired effect? How can libraries provide consistent digital literacy programs that answer their patrons' most frequently asked questions? How can libraries measure the success of these services and identify areas for improvement? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed through the Public Library Association's September webinar.

PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host a virtual "town hall meeting" to discuss the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.