Public Library Association

PLA to share digital skill-building tools in free September webinar

CHICAGO – Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy.

PLA to present webinar on trauma-informed approach to library service

CHICAGO – This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a webinar highlighting the trauma-informed approach to public library service. A trauma-informed approach generally entails understanding that library patrons may have experienced trauma and describes how library workers can engender their trust.

ALA releases template for state, local library action opposing Macmillan eBook embargo

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and its public library division, the Public Library Association (PLA), added a new tool to resources available for state library chapters and local library boards to speak out against new planned restrictions for library eBook lending.

Public Library Association condemns Macmillan Publishers library lending model

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has joined its parent organization in denouncing Macmillan Publishers’ new library eBook lending model.

PLA names Clara Bohrer as first fiscal officer

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) officially announced the appointment of Clara Nalli Bohrer, director of the West Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Public Library, as its first fiscal officer. Through a ballot initiative approved by the members earlier this year, the position of fiscal officer was added to the PLA Board of Directors. In her capacity as immediate past-president, board member Pam Sandlian Smith selected Bohrer for the fiscal officer role. Bohrer will serve a three-year term on the PLA Board, ending in 2022.

PLA announces changes to Board of Directors

Salazar begins one-year term as PLA president, Jeske as president-elect

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association's (PLA) Board meeting on June 22 officially marked the end of the 2018-2019 service year, which brought several important changes to the composition of the PLA Board of Directors.

ALA welcomes Supreme Court decision to hold citizenship question from 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court today issued a 5-4 ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In response, ALA President Wanda Brown made the following statement:

July PLA webinar explores access issues related to unreturned library materials

CHICAGO – As a means of reducing barriers to library access, public libraries are increasingly eliminating overdue fines and fees. So, why do some patrons still fail to return borrowed materials? 

In Fall 2016, more than 10,000 people in the City of Milwaukee, WI, had their overdue fines forgiven and their library privileges restored. However, within 90 days, 8% of those individuals had once again incurred fines or fees.