Public Library Association

Library staff gather virtually for discussion of national opioid crisis

CHICAGO -- From discarded needles in outdoor spaces to overdoses in bathrooms, public libraries in communities of all sizes are acutely impacted by the dramatic rise in opioid abuse. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years of age.

PLA promotes family engagement through libraries at fall conferences

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is spreading the word about its Family Engagement Initiative by reaching out to library, museum and education professionals. PLA leaders and staff are hitting the road this fall to share the latest information on family engagement through public libraries.

September webinar focuses on measuring effect of digital literacy services

CHICAGO – Nearly all public libraries offer some sort of digital literacy services, ranging from group computer classes to individual tutoring assistance, but how do library staff know their efforts are achieving the desired effect? How can libraries provide consistent digital literacy programs that answer their patrons' most frequently asked questions? How can libraries measure the success of these services and identify areas for improvement? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed through the Public Library Association's September webinar.

PLA echoes ALA statement condemning racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) proudly supports the American Library Association's (ALA) position on the recent tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last week ALA President Jim Neal released the following statement: 

PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host a virtual "town hall meeting" to discuss the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

New Tools, Support Advance Digital Skills Training in PLA Pilot Project

CHICAGO -- A new digital literacy pilot project made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) and Cox Communications (Cox) is hitting a critical milestone this summer as participating libraries kick off training events in their communities. 

PLA joins Legacy Partners for unveiling of DA2I report

Libraries play critical role in expanding worldwide access to information, report says

Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a webinar for library professionals who are interested in offering services to immigrants.