Public Library Association

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.

Create engaged and motivated staff with help from PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO – Staff are the cornerstone of any successful library. Learn how to maximize this incredible resource with the upcoming webinar, “Creating Engaged and Motivated Staff: From Expectations to Excellence,” presented by the Public Library Association at 1:00 p.m. Central time on December 11.

Upcoming PLA webinar highlights public library and school partnerships for literacy

CHICAGO — When it comes to teaching children how to read, both libraries and schools are crucial educators. What happens when you combine the literacy power of libraries and schools? Find out during the one-hour webinar, “Partners in Literacy: How Schools and Public Libraries Can Work Together” hosted by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. Central time on Dec. 4.

Ten Spectrum Scholars receive PLA Conference Travel Grant

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded 10 2014 Spectrum Scholar/PLA Conference Travel Grants to Spectrum Scholars LaToya Devezin, Claudia Flores, Gloria Jertberg, William Langston, Sarah Hashemi Scott, Eimmy Solis, Victoria Thomas, Jade Valenzuela, Marco Veyna-Reyes and Sophie Young.

ALSC, PLA receive IMLS grant to measure impact of early literacy programming

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), both divisions of the American Library Association, have received a three-year National Leadership Project Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Less than two weeks left to register for popular technology trainer course with PLA

CHICAGO – On Oct. 28, the interactive online course, “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer,” returns. The deadline to register is Oct. 25. This four-week (Oct. 28-Nov. 22) blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for public library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.

Housing and registration for the PLA 2014 Conference are open

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2014 Conference, March 11-15 in Indianapolis, are now open. For complete details, visit placonference.org.

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

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. 2, 2013.

The awards include:

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