Public Library Association

PLA receives IMLS Grant to continue leadership program for public librarians

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has just been awarded a 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project, “Navigating Change, Building Community: Outward-focused Public Library Leadership Training.”

New PLA webinar helps libraries improve their virtual side

CHICAGO – Make your library’s virtual presence as welcoming as its physical one with the new webinar, “What Makes a Great Library Website,” to be presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CT on April 30. This one-hour, live webinar will help attendees assess the effectiveness of their library website; clarify patrons’ virtual needs and understand design patterns that can solve common library website problems.

Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Boot Camp with Garcia and Nelson

CHICAGO The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the always popular PLA Results Boot Camp “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs” with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson, Aug. 4-8, at the Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library.

PLA offering three preconferences for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO On Friday morning, June 27, of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the Public Library Association (PLA) is sponsoring three preconferences ideal for public library professionals.

Every Child Ready to Read® for Spanish-Speaking Communities

CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) announce the release of a new Every Child Ready to Read® product. The Every Child Ready to Read® your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

Thousands of public library professionals depart Indianapolis with innovative skills to expand the role of library service

CHICAGO – Humorist and author David Sedaris brought PLA 2014, the nation’s largest public library conference, to a laugh-filled close. Nearly 8,000 librarians, library workers, exhibitors and supporters participated in five days of programs that explored the changing role of public libraries. Sessions and events featured the nation’s leading innovators and professionals both within and outside of the library community.

Cooper and Oehlke stand for 2015-2016 PLA President

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, open on the morning of March 19 and remain open through 11:59 p.m. CT, April 25. This year in the PLA election, eight candidates are standing for four positions, including PLA president, ALA Division Councilor and two directors-at-large.

The positions and candidates are as follows:

PLA’s new webinar series teaches you how to supervise with success

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering special programming for public library supervisors, whether new, experienced or anticipatory. The two-part webinar series, “Supervise with Success,” 1 p.m. Central time, March 26 and April 2, will offer attendees ideas to achieve great results from staff and the awareness to recognize gaps in their own supervisory skills and learn how to fill them.

ALA Store at PLA Conference in Indianapolis

CHICAGO Take time at PLA 2014 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located at booth # 1319 near the center of the exhibit hall. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:

Wednesday, March 12:                  4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13:                       9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PLA awards recognize 13 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 13 2014 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.


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