Public Library Association

PLA receives IMLS grant to plan for a national digital summer reading program

CHICAGO —The Public Library Association has been awarded a planning grant of $50,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the research and design of a national digital summer reading (NDSR) program website application (app). PLA will work in partnership with Influx Library User Experience (Influx) to manage the grant project and plan development of the app. Expected to be built on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) platform, the NDSR app will be available to all libraries in the U.S.

New public library data from PLA available online

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced that data collected for the 2012 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report Survey is now available exclusively online at PLAmetrics.

Free public library advocacy training from PLA offers unique opportunity for interactive online education

CHICAGO — Registration has opened for the online summer session (week of July 9–week of August 13, 2012) of Turning the Page 2.0, a free advocacy training program for public libraries, developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Get tips on managing media with a free webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on May 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free live, hour-long webinar, “Managing Traditional and Social Media for Libraries,” covering the fundamentals of media planning and outreach—including social media—to prepare library staff to work with the media and generate attention that will support the library’s activities and advocacy efforts.

Carolyn Anthony chosen as 2013-2014 PLA president

CHICAGO — Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). Anthony acknowledged, "I am thrilled with the vote of confidence in my leadership abilities by the PLA membership and I look forward to orchestrating the teamwork that will enable us to address the challenges facing public libraries at the current time."

PLA’s Facebook Forum offers users tips and Q&A opportunities about managing disruptive patrons

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 3, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a free, hour-long Facebook Forum on the topic of safely managing disruptive patrons at the library. Moderator, Stacy Schrank, employee development coordinator, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla., has already led a discussion on this topic in a packed room at the PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia.

PLA continues its support of Spectrum Presidential Initiative

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity in the library profession through a gift of $5,000 to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship Program.  In recognition of PLA’s contributions to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, a PLA Spectrum Scholarship will be designated in the June 2012 awards.  The PLA Spectrum Scholarship will be awarded to a Spectrum applicant who expresses an interest in public libraries.

PLA to offer three preconferences for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 22, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the Public Library Association (PLA) will present three unique preconferences dedicated to public library professionals. Preconferences require a separate registration; however, you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to register for a preconference. The programs include: 

Get back to basics with the PLA 'E-Books 101' webinar

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on Apr. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “E-Books 101: A Look at Devices, Platforms, and Training Ideas,” designed for libraries just beginning their e-book programs or for new library staff that need to get up to speed on digital collections.

PLA 2012 elections give members the power to choose their association’s leadership

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CDT, April 27. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president and two directors-at-large.