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ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

PLA’s webinar series shows how to get started with strong fundraising and development skills

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is launching a three-part Development and Fundraising Webinar Series beginning Jan. 22. This special series features three weekly webinars designed to provide public librarians with practical information and actionable steps to get started on fundraising, managing friends and foundations and strategic/development planning.

Registration is available for the whole series or for individual webinars. The three webinars are:

PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration extended to Jan. 17

CHICAGO – In recognition of the deep freeze and snow that overtook much of the U.S. this past week, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the Chilly Bird Extension — a week-long extension of PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration. The new deadline is noon CT on Friday, Jan. 17.

Early Bird Registration is available to all PLA members as well as Indiana Library Federation (ILF) members. It offers a special price of $230 for a full five days of PLA 2014 Conference. That’s a savings of $120 over ALA members and $195 over nonmembers.

Early Bird promotion for PLA 2014 offers chance to win set of 16 signed books from Green, Pauley, Sedaris and others

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), with generous support from several publishers, has kicked off the Sweet 16 Early Bird Promotion for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Individuals who register by the Early Bird deadline of Jan 10 will be automatically entered to win one set of 16 signed books from published PLA 2014 Special Event speakers. PLA has five sets of books to give away.

Fifteen preconferences offer a head start on learning at PLA 2014

CHICAGO – Before the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference gets underway in Indianapolis in March, eager learners can take advantage of in-depth, full and half-day preconferences on March 11 and 12.

Take a look and you’ll see there’s something for everyone!

For the Early Learning Staffer

PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2014

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for two library professionals to win their way to the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less) video telling PLA why they want to attend PLA 2014. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Find complete details on the PLA Conference website.

Only two weeks left to nominate an individual or library for one of nine PLA awards

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) award nomination deadline is Dec. 2, 2013. There are nine awards/grants to choose from that highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium provided through the generosity of our sponsors. Please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your  colleague or library.

The awards include:

Digital Inclusion Survey for public libraries extended to Nov. 22

CHICAGO - Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.

Green, Pauley, Sedaris and Sinek among all-stars coming to PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO — The speaker slate is full to the brim for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. From motivators, to informers, to entertainers, to authors, there’s somebody to please everybody on the agenda.

PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on Nov. 20, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host the fourth annual "Books That Make Great Gifts with Nancy Pearl," exclusively for PLA members. This free webinar features readers’ advisory ideas members can use for themselves, share with their patrons or both.

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