Public Library Association

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.

PLA award winners represent excellence in public libraries

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 11 2013 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

Registration is now open for PLA’s Virtual Spring Symposium

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will host the 2013 Virtual Spring Symposium from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central time on March 20. Moderated by Stephanie Gerding, librarian, author and trainer, this full day of public library education will offer a total of eight education 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.

Learn how to shine online with PLA’s presentation skills webinar

CHICAGO — With both audience and presenter out of sight, online presentations pose a unique challenge. Learn how to engage an online audience and keep their attention during “How to Be a Webinar Superstar: Tips for Running Effective Online Presentations,” a live, hour-long webinar from the Public Library Association (PLA) at 1 p.m. CST, Feb. 27.

Twenty-four public librarians chosen to attend PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO – Following review of more than 160 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee and PLA President Eva Poole chose 24 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 4-8, 2013, in Chicago. Congratulations to:  

1.     Martha Baden, Prescott (Ariz.) Public Library

2.     Donna Browne, Muncie (Ind.) Public Library

PLA offers sessions with a public library focus at the ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the Public Library Association (PLA) will be hosting several meeting and updates valuable for public library professionals. Some of the highlights include:  

PLA now accepting proposals for PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference, program and ConverStation proposals for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Proposals may be submitted through an online form. Faxed, emailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Start January off right with a stress management webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — With tighter budgets, smaller staffs and ever-changing technology, working in a public library is not for the faint hearted, so it’s important to keep both heart and mind healthy. Make a commitment this January, when you join PLA and instructor Pat Wagner, partner and trainer, Pattern Research Inc., Denver, Colo., at 1 p.m. CST, Jan. 23, for a live, one-hour webinar, “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management.”

Free PLA webinar recording offers ideas and tools to build community e-book awareness

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released the free archive recording of the 90-minute webinar, “E-Book Action: Inform and Inspire Your Community.” This informative webinar offers inspiring case studies and practical tips to reach out to community members to not only explain why libraries have limited e-book collections but also enlist their help in improving e-book access. The webinar consists of three presentations that highlight distinct initiatives:

Loleta D. Fyan Grant call for proposals

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship."

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project(s) criteria:

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