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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.