Public Library Association

Become a confident grant writer and winner with PLA’s new online course

CHICAGO – In the competitive world of grants, it helps to have an inside edge. Sharpen your edge with a new online course, “Winning Grants for Your Library,” from the Public Library Association (PLA). This four-week course runs from Sept. 9 to Oct. 4 and includes online discussions and webinars, independent activities and personal feedback. See the full syllabus online.

Digital literacy tool website launches at Annual

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new online hub for digital literacy support and training will launch at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians who provide training or assistance with digital literacy in their libraries are encouraged to participate in the launch of the new online resource

PLA Project Manager Jamie Hollier receives White House Champion of Change award

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, June 11, Jamie Hollier, project manager for, a digital literacy initiative of the Public Library Association, will be honored as a “Champion of Change” at the White House. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

Free PLA webinar highlights self-publishing at the public library

CHICAGO – The advent of online self-publishing platforms presents libraries with a new resource to connect authors and readers in their communities. Learn more about the potential of this during PLA’s free webinar, “Publishing at the Public Library: Become a Community Publishing Portal,” at 1-2 p.m. Central time on June 18.

Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in Chicago co-sponsored by ASCLA and PLA

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the ALA Annual Conference — an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants.

David Sedaris to bring PLA 2014 Conference to a laugh-filled close

CHICAGO — Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis will want to stay through the end to enjoy humorist and author David Sedaris at the PLA 2014 Closing Session.

PLA opens Special Registration for PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now offering Special Registration for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. This is an (extra) early registration period for general conference registration only. Housing reservations, as well as preconference and special event registration, will be available Sept. 4, when Early Bird Registration opens.

Eight librarians receive literacy scholarship and $1,000 to attend PLA 2014

CHICAGO – Eight public librarians who demonstrated their involvement in exceptional literacy programs have received the Innovations in Literacy Scholarship from the Public Library Association (PLA). Recipients will be awarded $1,000 for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15.

PLA members elect Neal as president-elect; Cervantes and Turner to board

CHICAGOLarry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library, has been elected the 2014-2015 president of the Public Library Association (PLA).

Get your library in strategic shape at PLA Results Boot Camp with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a unique opportunity for extended, interactive professional development with June Garcia and Sandra Nelson at the PLA Results Boot Camp: “Results Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs,” August 6-10, 2013, at the Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library.