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PLA offers post-election resources for public libraries

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) knows its members and their libraries may be struggling to respond to the post-election challenges our communities face. Public libraries have an unparalleled ability to bring people and knowledge together, especially in times of uncertainty and division.

Learn how to easily measure your patron outcomes and community impact in free PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will be introducing libraries to its latest field-driven initiative, Project Outcome, through a free webinar, Outcome Measurement Made Easy with PLA’s Project Outcome, on January 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central. Project Outcome is a FREE online toolkit offering an innovative and easy-to-use platform for public libraries to measure the impact of their programs and services.

PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Becky Spratford

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on December 7, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host “Sure Bet Bests: Matching Readers With Their ‘Best’ Reads,” exclusively for PLA personal members. This free webinar will take you down this year’s "best" list rabbit hole, make sense of the larger reading trends it illustrates, and start you off on crafting your plan to help your patrons find the right read for them.

PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. releases statement on public libraries and inclusiveness

CHICAGO – Public Library Association (PLA) President Felton Thomas Jr. released the following statement in response to the divisive election season and the post-election challenges our communities face. This message is in support of the statement released earlier today by the American Library Association.

PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Heather Novotny and Heather Thompson

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Heather Novotny and Heather Thompson as its representatives for the 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

PLA releases first Project Outcome Annual Report

 
CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual Report. Access the 2016 Annual Report to analyze survey results, learn what patrons benefited from most, and see what Project Outcome and participating libraries did in the first year to make Project Outcome a success.
 

PLA Midwinter Institute offers strategies for partnering with law enforcement to advance social justice

The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an interactive institute from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 20, 2017 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Learn how to better serve your Spanish speaking community in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can move beyond the basic Bilingual Storytime and ESL program to serve your Spanish speaking community. “Beyond Bilingual Storytime and ESL: Digging Deeper into Your Spanish Speaking Community” will take place on October 5 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

Coaches announced for 2017 PLA Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the full roster of coaches for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. These experienced public library leaders and city managers will provide attendees with professional insight and support, with one coach for every four attendees.

Coaches include:

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library through Dec. 5, 2016.

The awards include:

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