Public Library Association

PLA Webinar to introduce core concepts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries

CHICAGO -- This December, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to present a webinar in December on the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. This webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Public libraries sought for PLA/DC Public Library digital archiving project

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) and DC Public Library are seeking applications from public libraries interested in establishing robust digital preservation/archiving programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded DCPL, in partnership with PLA, a National Leadership Grant (LG-95-17-0079-17) to build Memory Lab digital preservation programs in select libraries across the U.S.

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

Candidates announced for 2018 Public Library Association board election

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2018 election. In the 2018 PLA election six nominees will stand for three positions on the board of directors: PLA President and two Directors-at-Large. The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from June 2018 through June 2021.

Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown Philadelphia with most events taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Courses in budgeting, using mobile devices added to PLA’s website

CHICAGO —, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help community members increase their digital literacy skills, has added two new beginner-level courses to its collection of tutorials, which now totals 21. The learning modules on are video-based with narration at a fourth-grade reading level. Each course takes between six and 22 minutes to complete.

PLA, Gail Borden Public Library team up to expand training resources

CHICAGO —, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills, now includes a robust suite of resources and tools for library staff and other educators to use when conducting training in the community. PLA has completed the incorporation the learning modules that comprised Gail’s Toolkit, a project developed by the Gail Borden Public Library District, located in Elgin, Illinois.

November webinar to focus on using data to increase community impact of library programs

CHICAGO – Are your library's programs and services maximized to address the needs of the community you serve? This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present a webinar on using data to understand the needs of the community and measure the impact of library programs in addressing these needs. The webinar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, November 30. 

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.