Public Library Association

Public library staff invited to participate in summer reading survey from PLA

CHICAGO — Library staff members involved in summer reading are invited to participate in a survey released by the Public Library Association (PLA). The survey should take contributors 15-20 minutes and is designed to inform PLA’s efforts to develop a plan for a National Digital Summer Reading (NDSR) program website application. The survey closes on November 16.

PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab.

PLA receives IMLS grant to develop online digital literacy resource

CHICAGO—The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded a $291,178 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. PLA will partner with the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources that will be accessible to libraries, patrons and other community-based organizations.

PLA offering its last free Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy course

CHICAGO — Librarians and library supporters have one more opportunity to participate in the Public Library Association (PLA)-sponsored online public library advocacy course, Turning the Page 2.0. The final free session from PLA begins the week of Sept. 24 and runs through the week of Oct. 29.

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 your colleague or library through Dec. 1, 2012.

The awards include:

Connect your patrons with indie fiction recommendations from PLA's upcoming readers' advisory webinar

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Sept. 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Alternative Reads: Discovering and Sharing Great Indie Fiction with Your Patrons,” to introduce attendees to the wide array of books from small and independent presses, hybrid publishers and self-published works.

Yolanda Cuesta to lead PLA management course on serving diverse populations

CHICAGO — On Oct. 11 and 12 the Public Library Association (PLA) and its co-sponsor, the Kent District Library (KDL) in Grand Rapids, Mich., will present a two-day, in-person management course, “Serving Diverse Populations” at the KDL Cascade Township Branch. The course offers library managers, supervisors and directors the opportunity to gain practical, real-world skills to make their library successful at serving a mixed community.

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology-trainer course in September

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training for users or staff at their library.

PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?to inspire library directors, managers and supervisors to shake off assumptions about their library and start thinking outside-the-box.

Attend PLA’s webinar and learn how to utilize interactive screencasting technology to educate patrons

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on July 18, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Screentastic! Using Screencasting as a Reference and Customer Service Tool, designed to help libraries take patron instruction to a new level. Screencasts are excellent tools for library staff to demonstrate software, teach computer skills and visually share step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.

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