Public Library Association

Learn how to keep your library (and everyone in it) safe with PLA’s violence prevention webinar

CHICAGO – Public library staff, by their sheer nature of being “public,” are particularly vulnerable to encountering dangerous or difficult individuals. Learn how to identify potentially violent behavior as well as strategies to diffuse or, in the worst case, survive the situation in the hour-long, live webinar, “Violence Prevention in the Public Library,” presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CT on May 14.

PLA members elect Oehlke as president-elect; Huggins, Sass and Shorr to board

CHICAGO — Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library, has been elected the 2015-2016 President of the Public Library Association (PLA). Oehlke acknowledged, “I am truly honored to have been elected. I am passionate about the work PLA is doing on behalf of public libraries and am excited to engage our field in the conversations necessary to ensure libraries remain responsive and vital to our communities.”

ALA President Barbara Stripling's free webinar series continues with 'STEAM in Libraries'

CHICAGO — STEAM Learning, a framework for teaching across the multiple disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, is the focus for the next webinar in Barbara Stripling’s “Libraries Change Lives” series.  This free webinar will concentrate on introducing the STEAM philosophy into school and public libraries; highlighting its project-based learning and collaborative qualities.  Please mark your calendar for 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Central time on Monday, May 19, 2014.

ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

The cohort, selected through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.

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.

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