Public Library Association

Public libraries play vital role in advancing health literacy

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the Information Policy & Action Center found that public libraries in the U.S. advance equal access to health information in many important ways.

PLA to present webinar on libraries and sustainability

The future of libraries depends on our ability to take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities. In April the Public Library Association (PLA) will offer a webinar exploring the importance of infusing the concept of sustainability into library programming. The webinar, titled Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries, will be presented on Wednesday, April 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time.

Valerie Jarrett announced as keynote speaker for PLA Member Welcome Breakfast at ALA Annual Conference

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, is proud to welcome Valerie B. Jarrett, former director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs under U.S. President Barack Obama , as the featured speaker at its Member Welcome Breakfast. PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. will host this exclusive event, taking place at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Polls now open in 2017 PLA board election

2017 Board Election
The Polls Are Open!
Voting Deadline: Apr. 5, 2017

PLA to offer two preconference sessions at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconference educational sessions focusing on disaster preparedness and measurement of program outcomes. Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is not required as part of these sessions.

PLA releases digital literacy tutorials in Spanish

CHICAGO — Spanish speakers will now have access to digital literacy training resources thanks to recent efforts by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. PLA announced today that all learning content on its website DigitalLearn.org is available in Spanish.

PLA partners with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for free webinar on financial literacy and outcomes

CHICAGO – Money Smart week (April 22-29) is quickly approaching! Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to prepare for the financial literacy programs and events at your library! PLA is partnering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) for a special webinar presentation, Money Smart, Measure Smarter: Boost Your Financial Literacy Programs & Measure Their Impact, to be held on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

PLA awards recognize 12 individuals and public libraries representing excellence

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of 12 awards honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach in 2017.