Public Library Association

PLA receives ASAE Power of A Summit and Gold Awards for Every Child Ready to Read Literacy program

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has earned 2016 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Summit and Gold Awards for its co-creation and implementation of Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), a research-based program that employs public libraries to teach parents how to help develop literacy skills in their children, as well as advance the training of public library staff.

PLA accepting applications for 2017 Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 22–27, 2017, in Chicago.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on September 14, 2016. Program topics should showcase emerging trends and examples of risk-taking in the areas of community engagement, managing space, marketing and advocacy, digital content, technology, programming, leadership, funding, staffing, collections, outcome measures, and more.

PLA now accepting applications for first-ever Dynamic Planning Institute in Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association’s (PLA) new Dynamic Planning Institute, with content developed and delivered by trainer Stephanie Gerding, will blend an intensive in-person training with three months of personalized online learning. The in-person training will take place October 5-7, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Learn how public libraries can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how your library can engage in meaningful social justice and racial equity work by leveraging existing strengths, supporting transformational relationships, and developing new tools to support social change. “Engaged and Inclusive: Libraries Embracing Racial Equity and Social Justice” will take place on June 8 at 1:00 p.m. Central.

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.