Public Library Association

Harkness and Neal stand for 2013-2014 PLA President

CHICAGO — Elections for the Public Library Association (PLA), as well as those for the American Library Association (ALA) and its other divisions, are open through 11:59 p.m. CT, April 26. This year in the PLA election, six candidates are standing for three positions, including PLA president and two directors-at-large (three-year terms)

Author Ann Patchett to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – From 1-2:30 p.m., June 30, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA president Eva Poole, chief of staff, District of Columbia Public Library, will host the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation with keynote speaker Ann Patchett at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with the generous support of HarperCollins.

Learn how to make public library data work for you during PLA’s upcoming free webinar

CHICAGO – At 1 pm CST, April 3, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a free webinar, “PLAmetrics: How to Make Public Library Data Work for You.” This is a unique opportunity to explore and learn more about PLAmetrics, an online report database accessing more than 10 years of data from the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarship closes this Friday, March 29

CHICAGO – There’s less than one week to apply for a Public Library Association (PLA) Innovations in Literacy Scholarship, which recognizes original literacy programs of all types in public libraries.

March 29 last day to submit preconference and program proposals for PLA 2014

CHICAGO — Share your expertise and experience by submitting a proposal to participate in the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Preconference and program proposals may be submitted online through Friday, March 29.

Go digital during storytime with ideas from new PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Storytime isn’t just for books anymore. Learn how to navigate the crowded world of digital media for children’s programming during the hourlong webinar, “Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age: Apps and E-Books in Storytime,” presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CST, April 17.

Virtual Spring Symposium registration extended to Monday, March 18

CHICAGO — There’s still time to register for the Public Library Association (PLA) 2013 Virtual Spring Symposium, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central time, March 20. This full day of public library education will offer a total of eight education hour-long programs across four subject tracks; Administration/Leadership and Youth Services tracks will run simultaneously in the morning, while Marketing/Customer Service and Technology tracks will run in the afternoon.

New literacy scholarships award $1,000 to attend PLA 2014

CHICAGO – From now until March 29, the Public Library Association (PLA) is accepting applications for eight Innovations in Literacy Scholarships to recognize original literacy programs of all types in public libraries. Grants in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to eight winning applicants for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15.

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in April

CHICAGO - The interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” April 8-May 3, is now open for registration. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.

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