CHICAGO — Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate your colleague or library through Dec. 1, 2012.
CHICAGO — On Oct. 11 and 12 the Public Library Association (PLA) and its co-sponsor, the Kent District Library (KDL) in Grand Rapids, Mich., will present a two-day, in-person management course, “Serving Diverse Populations” at the KDL Cascade Township Branch. The course offers library managers, supervisors and directors the opportunity to gain practical, real-world skills to make their library successful at serving a mixed community.
CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training for users or staff at their library.
CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?” to inspire library directors, managers and supervisors to shake off assumptions about their library and start thinking outside-the-box.
CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on July 18, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Screentastic! Using Screencasting as a Reference and Customer Service Tool,” designed to help libraries take patron instruction to a new level. Screencasts are excellent tools for library staff to demonstrate software, teach computer skills and visually share step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.
CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to facilitate the development of a replicable leadership training model that assists public library administrators, senior managers and staff who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.
CHICAGO — Data driven public librarians should be sure to attend the PLAmetrics Demonstration and User Group meeting at 10:30 a.m. - noon, Sunday, June 24, in Salon 1 of the Hyatt Regency Orange County. This event at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., is perfect for librarians interested in learning more about PLA’s online subscription database PLAmetrics or for current subscribers hoping to learn how to maximize the resource.
CHICAGO — Registration for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference will remain open until their starting time at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22. These three programs in team building, innovative management and public library advocacy do require registration; however, attendees are not required to be registered for the full conference to attend a preconference. Register today by visiting the ALA Annual Conference site or onsite at the registration counter in the Anaheim Convention Center.
CHICAGO — Registration closes on June 13 for the summer session of Turning the Page 2.0. This free, online course provides public library advocacy training in a uniquely interactive and personal format. The six-week program runs from the week of July 9 to the week of Aug. 13, 2012