Public Library Association

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.

PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab.

PLA receives IMLS grant to develop online digital literacy resource

CHICAGO—The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has been awarded a $291,178 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. PLA will partner with the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources that will be accessible to libraries, patrons and other community-based organizations.

PLA offering its last free Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy course

CHICAGO — Librarians and library supporters have one more opportunity to participate in the Public Library Association (PLA)-sponsored online public library advocacy course, Turning the Page 2.0. The final free session from PLA begins the week of Sept. 24 and runs through the week of Oct. 29.

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