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National Readathon Day campaign now includes Facebook Donate option and profile picture frame

NEW YORK - Penguin Random House, which is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) for this year’s National Readathon Day, announced today that readers everywhere will be able to contribute to #Readathon2016, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, through its newly launched Donate campaign on Fa

PLA’s Project Outcome launches new performance measures at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for the launch of the newest set of performance measures during Project Outcome’s preconference workshop, Friday, June 24, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. PLA will convene public library representatives and introduce them to Project Outcome and how it helps libraries measure the impact of their services.

Project Outcome hits milestone of 10,000 patron surveys

CHICAGO – Project Outcome has aggregated approximately 11,000 patron surveys within its online system. This milestone comes before the one-year anniversary of Project Outcome’s official launch on June 26, 2015. Project Outcome will continue providing even more ways for libraries to collect patron outcomes by launching its new follow-up surveys during a preconference workshop, June 24, 2016, at ALA Annual in Orlando.

Learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to build and operate a digital media lab in your library. “Building and Operating Your Digital Media Lab” will take place on May 4 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

Instructor Jeffrey Fisher of the Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook, Ill.) will share his strategies for building and operating a digital media lab. To guide you on your own journey, he’ll address topics including:

PLA 2016 draws more than 8,000 to Denver for nation’s largest public library conference

CHICAGO – More than 8,000 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers and supporters gathered in Denver and online from April 5 – 9 for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference. As the nation’s largest public library conference, PLA 2016 explored the library’s evolving role in support of their communities and provided attendees with tools and best practices they need to help people thrive in the digital age.

ALSC, PLA Provide Access to Articles on ECRR Survey Results

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce preliminary findings from their three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Project grant, “Bringing Home Early Literacy: Determining the Impact of Library Programming on Parent Behavior.”

ALA Store at PLA Conference, Denver

Take time at PLA 2016 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located near Registration on the main meeting level of the Colorado Convention Center. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:


Wednesday, April 6:                      9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learn how to create an individual development plan in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how an Individual Development Plan (IDP) can be a helpful tool to identify, organize, and communicate your career goals. “YOU are the Goal! Career & Individual Development Planning” will take place on March 23 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

PLA 2016 Virtual Conference brings learning and networking to you

CHICAGO — Registration for the PLA 2016 Virtual Conference is now open. On April 7-8, 2016, the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed, live and online PLA Conference with public librarians and public library workers who can’t make the trip to Denver.


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