Public Library Association

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.

PLA webinar brings urban fiction in from the street and onto the public library shelf

CHICAGO – The street lit genre is rapidly growing with both authors and fans. Get an introduction to this popular style during the hour-long webinar “Street Smart: Urban Fiction in Public Libraries,” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA), at 1 p.m. CDT, May 15.

Harkness and Neal stand for 2013-2014 PLA President

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. CT, April 26. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president and two directors-at-large (three-year terms)

Author Ann Patchett to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – From 1-2:30 p.m., June 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA president Eva Poole, chief of staff, District of Columbia Public Library, will host the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation with keynote speaker Ann Patchett at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with the generous support of HarperCollins.