Public Library Association

PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president and two directors-at-large.

Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to April 16

CHICAGO — There is still time to be a part of the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report, an annual publication from the Public Library Association (PLA). The extended deadline to submit library information is April 16, 2012.

Public Library Association Conference draws thousands to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – More than 8,700 library staff, supporters, exhibitors, authors and guests from across the country attended the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2012 Conference in Philadelphia to discuss various issues that impact U.S. public libraries and their users. Dedicated solely to meeting the interests of public librarians, the conference has a reputation for excellence, making it one of the most popular and successful events in the public library world.

PLA Store at PLA 2012 Conference, Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Find the PLA Store at PLA 2012 Conference  in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center near the Broad Street entrance. The PLA Store is located near Registration, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The PLA Store hours are:

Wednesday, March 14:                  noon  - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15:                      9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

As library use increases, so does need for new technologies

CHICAGO - In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access. As our society continues to change the way it consumes information, public libraries have proven to be indispensable to their communities as they work to meet the needs of increasingly tech-savvy patrons.

PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

CHICAGO - Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in Room 122-A/B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Unconference is intended to be an organic, spontaneous event. The afternoon's schedule will be built onsite with the input of attendees. They'll take an active role in creating, facilitating and joining discussions relevant to their libraries and communities.

Karen Danczak Lyons on value of PLA's 2012 Conference

CHICAGO – Next week, thousands of librarians and library professionals from across the country will gather in Philadelphia for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13 – 17.  In a video podcast, PLA Conference Chair and First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library Karen Danczak Lyons sits down to discuss why PLA 2012 will be the best ever.

New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

CHICAGO – The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather section.

The app is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Boopsie for Libraries and can be downloaded by visiting http://pla.boopsie.com on a mobile device.

Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference

CHICAGO – Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.  Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.  Preservation Week is pleased to have Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author as its first national spokesperson.  Look for more information on Mr. Berry’s participation, including public service announcements on the Preservation Week website.
 

The PLA 2012 Career Center connects job seekers/providers and hosts a resume review clinic

CHICAGO – At the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference, a space in Exhibits Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be dedicated to a do-it-yourself Career Center. The PLA 2012 Career Center will provide opportunities for libraries to post available jobs; tables for libraries with open positions/recruiters to set-up shop; and private space for interviewing or meeting potential candidates. Tables will be first-come, first served, and sign-up sheets will be available for the private meeting spaces.

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