Public Library Association

Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs is the sixth installment in the Association’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series.

PLA unveils new leadership model, seeks applicants for next Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- Today the Public Library Association (PLA) announced a new model for its Leadership Development Initiative. Developed by 21 select library leaders, the PLA Leadership Model describes the work, methods, and core values of leadership in a public library context.

National writing contest launches to engage communities with literature

Public Library Association seeks stories on courage, offering winners up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers worldwide

(CHICAGO) – Sept. 25, 2018 – America’s libraries are home to countless volumes and voices of diverse writers. They also are trusted public spaces for people to connect, receive community information and grow as readers and writers. The Public Library Association (PLA) today announced a new national writing contest that aims to build on the rich legacy of these vital community institutions.

PLA now accepting applications and nominations for 2019 Awards

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of its sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to offer ten awards and grants for 2019. The PLA Awards are designed to highlight the best in public library service and programming and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.

The PLA Awards & Grants for 2019 include:

Public Library Association releases new strategic plan

Addresses critical issues and changes affecting public libraries

CHICAGO – Today the Public Library Association (PLA) unveiled a new strategic plan effective through the year 2022. The new PLA Strategic Plan describes the association’s core purpose, core values, and vision for future success while also identifying goal areas where PLA will direct its energy and resources over the next several years.

National writing contest seeks short stories on courage, launches September 25

Winners could receive up to $1,000 and the chance to be published in Short Story Dispensers

CHICAGO – Up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers nationwide will be at stake for writers of all levels, through a new writing contest launching September 25.

PLA to hold short-fiction writing contest this fall

National competition begins Sept. 25

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is inviting writers to submit original works of short fiction for a National Writing Contest taking place this fall.

Only original works of short fiction written by the submitter will qualify. Submissions must be in English and fit within the contest theme of “courage.” Submissions may not exceed 8,000 characters, including spaces, and must be submitted electronically; paper manuscripts will not be accepted. 

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – As part of a key strategic initiative, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This new resource can be used to supplement libraries’ marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work.

New policy brief highlights state initiatives to promote family engagement in public libraries

BOSTON — State library leaders are promoting two-generation approaches to early learning and fostering environments in which children and the adults in their lives have equal opportunities to create knowledge and gain new skills together. The Global Family Research Project’s new policy brief, State Library Administrative Agencies: Leading Family Engagement in Early Learning, features such initiatives in four states—California, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland.

Publication focused on serving entrepreneurs added to ‘Quick Reads’ series

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA members in good standing.