Public Library Association

Anand Giridharadas added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of Anand Giridharadas to the PLA 2016 Conference BIG IDEAS Series on Saturday, April 9 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2016 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to the following Spectrum Scholars

PLA now accepting proposals for first-ever How-To Festival at PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) encourages you to share your gifts and talents with your fellow colleagues at the PLA 2016 How-To Festival. Join the fun by participating in PLA’s first-ever mini How-To Festival, which will be held during the PLA 2016 Conference.

The American Library Association to support National Readathon Day 2016 on May 21 in partnership with Penguin Random House

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that they have joined with Penguin Random House to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy.

PLA presents new webinar series – ‘Leadership Workshop for Women’

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn concrete, actionable practices for women seeking to transition to the next level of leadership while maximizing their contribution to their organization. The two-part webinar series, “Leadership Workshop for Women: Tapping the Power of the Female Vision,” will take place on January 20 and 27 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

ALA, PLA applaud Kentucky Supreme Court decision on libraries’ tax rates

CHICAGO — The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a decision Friday that it will no longer hear arguments in the 2012 lawsuit objecting to Campbell and Kenton County libraries’ tax rates. At that time, Kentucky Circuit Courts ruled against the Campbell County Public Library and the Kenton County Public Library, a decision that would have resulted in the libraries losing property tax revenues dating as far back as 1979. This ruling follows a March 2015 decision where the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Campbell and Kenton County public libraries.

PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Becky Spratford

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on December 16, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host “Attack of the ‘Best’ Lists: Becky’s Practical Recap of 2015’s Best Reads,” exclusively for PLA personal members. This free webinar will prepare members to end 2015 on a high note and handle the annual attack of the “best" lists with grace and skill.

Twelve preconferences offer a head start on learning at PLA 2016

CHICAGO – Before the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference kicks off in Denver this April, eager learners can take advantage of in-depth, full and half-day preconferences on April 5 and 6. Take a look and you’ll see there’s something for everyone!

For the leader

200 public libraries are measuring their true impact through PLA’s Project Outcome

CHICAGO – Since launching on June 26, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome has quickly met public library demand and desire for standardized performance measures by exceeding 200 library users in just six short months.

PLA sponsors Emerging Leaders Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to sponsor Erin Hollingsworth and Katrina Ortega as its representatives for the 2016 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

“PLA is dedicated to empowering public librarians with the skills necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. We’re proud to support this work by sponsoring the next generation of public library leaders,” said PLA President Vailey Oehlke. “We look forward to the positive contributions of this year’s Emerging Leaders group and wish to congratulate Erin and Katrina on their achievements.”


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