Public Library Association

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:

Line-up announced for Innovative Advocacy in Action Institute at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In a changing landscape, libraries and library communities are rethinking the way they advocate for funding and services. “Innovative Advocacy in Action: An Advocacy Institute Discussion” at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, will showcase some of these new efforts from around the country.

PLA launches enhanced, interactive Public Libraries Online

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the complete makeover of Public Libraries Online (PLOnline) at www.publiclibrariesonline.org, the online companion to the PLA printed journal Public Libraries.

PLA to offer free member-exclusive readers’ advisory webinar with Nancy Pearl

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CST on Dec. 5, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host the third annual “Nancy Pearl Presents: Books That Make Great Gifts,” exclusively for PLA members. This free webinar features readers’ advisory ideas members can use for themselves, share with their patrons or both.

During this hour-long presentation, Nancy will share her recommendations of books for adults with some teen reads included. She’ll also provide a downloadable handout of the recommendations for easy sharing with patrons.

PLA encourages practitioners to complete survey on digital literacy practices

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) hopes to collect insight and feedback through a brief survey intended for both library professionals and community educators regarding their digital literacy efforts. The survey aims to identify teaching practices and top resources for digital literacy learning.

PLA webinar offers ideas to revitalize the reference department

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m CST, Nov. 15, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present a live, one-hour webinar, "On Life Support, but Not Dead Yet! Revitalizing Reference for the 21st Century." The changing way that people use libraries has forced a reconsideration of the reference department to ensure it remains a valuable and central part of the library.

PLA’s upcoming webinar tracks the elusive library non-users

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. Central on November 7, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “The Elusive Library Non-User: How to Find Out What Non-Users Want” with instructors Donna Fletcher and Paula Singer. Participants will learn techniques to gain insights about non-users and ideas of how to draw them into the library.

PLA accepting applications for pilot Leadership Academy developed in partnership with ICMA

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 5-8, 2013, in Chicago. This inaugural 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.

Get the latest on e-books during PLA’s upcoming webinar

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. Central time on Oct. 31, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “The State of E-Books in Public Libraries and Publishing” with instructor Jessica E. Moyer, assistant professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Public library staff invited to participate in summer reading survey from PLA

CHICAGO — Library staff members involved in summer reading are invited to participate in a survey released by the Public Library Association (PLA). The survey should take contributors 15-20 minutes and is designed to inform PLA’s efforts to develop a plan for a National Digital Summer Reading (NDSR) program website application. The survey closes on November 16.

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