Public Library Association

Three outstanding authors to speak at PLA 2018 Conference luncheons

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the special guest speakers for the author luncheons at the PLA 2018 Conference, taking place March 20-24 in Philadelphia, Penn. Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. 

PLA releases 2017 Year in Review

CHICAGO – Last week the Public Library Association (PLA) released its 2017 Year in Review, an annual report highlighting the association’s work in 2017. Featuring numerous images from PLA's 2017 events, the report covers such areas as honors and achievements, advocacy, continuing education, initiatives, leadership, membership and publications.

DC Public Library, Public Library Association announce Memory Lab Network Grant recipients

Federal Grant Supports Digital Preservation Programs at Libraries

(Washington, D.C.) - People and families in seven communities moved one step closer to being able to digitize and preserve video tapes, photographs and other family keepsakes at their library. Their libraries have been awarded a Memory Lab Network Grant. 

Tim Wu to share Big Ideas at PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- Author, policy advocate, and director of Columbia University's Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues Tim Wu has been added to the slate of speakers at the PLA 2018 Conference, the Public Library Association announced today. He will be the speaker for the Big Ideas session on Saturday, Mar.

PLA opens registration for 2018 Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an alternative opportunity for public library workers who are unable to attend the Association's 2018 Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. PLA will present a condensed, live, online conference experience --  the PLA 2018 Virtual Conference -- March 22-23. The PLA Virtual Conference will consist of live programming, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews and opportunities for networking.

Public library staff in small, mid-sized or rural communities invited to free learning series on dialogue and deliberation facilitation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite public library staff serving small, mid-sized or rural communities to attend a free learning series to learn to lead productive conversations in their communities. Year in Review

CHICAGO – Twenty-seventeen was a busy year for, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills. offers a collection of tutorials on a wide range of subjects through video-based learning modules with narration at a fourth-grade reading level, the majority of which are available in both English and Spanish.