Public Library Association

Upcoming PLA webinar series explores how libraries can better understand and serve those experiencing homelessness

CHICAGO – In January of 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. As homelessness increases, so does the significant intersection between homelessness and library service. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for a two-part webinar series, “Understanding and Serving People Experiencing Homelessness: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Library Service” beginning June 3.

ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Annual Conference that will help libraries leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter. This is the last time these sessions will be offered at an ALA national conference.

PLA members elect Thomas as president-elect; Brown Lawson and Millsap to board

CHICAGO — Felton Thomas, Jr., director of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Thomas acknowledged, "I am very honored to serve our public libraries, and humbled to have been elected PLA president-elect. Public libraries have transformed my life and I welcome the opportunity to work with so many folks at PLA, who continue to advance the transformation of public library service."

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Learn how you can help cyberbullied patrons in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Cyberbullying is a form of online violence affecting many teens and adults. It has been discussed frequently in the popular media, but is still a misunderstood issue. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn more about cyberbullying, the impact of cyberbullying on victims, current trends in cyberbullying, legal and ethical considerations and what librarians can do to help.

PLA to offer free webinar on FTC scam prevention campaign

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how your library can be an important part of “Pass It On,” the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new scam prevention campaign with tips and tools for older adults in your community. “The FTC and Public Libraries: A Partnership of Education and Protection” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on April 22.

Free webinar introduces Project Outcome, PLA’s latest initiative to help libraries measure their true impact

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn about Project Outcome, PLA’s latest field-driven initiative. Project Outcome, formerly referred to as the performance measures initiative, will help libraries better measure the outcomes of the services they offer to patrons and provide the resources and support to effectively communicate and implement their findings for advocacy, partnership and planning activities.

April 17 last day to submit preconference and program proposals for PLA 2016

CHICAGO — Share your expertise and experience by submitting a proposal to participate in the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver. Preconference and program proposals may be submitted online through Friday, April 17.

Deadline to participate in the PLDS Statistical Report Survey extended to April 30

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 30, 2015.

The survey collects information from public libraries on finances, resources, service usage and technology. A summary of the survey data is published annually in the PLDS Statistical Report.

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. 24-28, at the Nashville (Tennessee) Public Library.