Public Library Association

Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown Philadelphia with most events taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Courses in budgeting, using mobile devices added to PLA’s DigitalLearn.org website

CHICAGO — DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help community members increase their digital literacy skills, has added two new beginner-level courses to its collection of tutorials, which now totals 21. The learning modules on DigitalLearn.org are video-based with narration at a fourth-grade reading level. Each course takes between six and 22 minutes to complete.

PLA, Gail Borden Public Library team up to expand DigitalLearn.org training resources

CHICAGO — DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills, now includes a robust suite of resources and tools for library staff and other educators to use when conducting training in the community. PLA has completed the incorporation the learning modules that comprised Gail’s Toolkit, a project developed by the Gail Borden Public Library District, located in Elgin, Illinois.

November webinar to focus on using data to increase community impact of library programs

CHICAGO – Are your library's programs and services maximized to address the needs of the community you serve? This month, the Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present a webinar on using data to understand the needs of the community and measure the impact of library programs in addressing these needs. The webinar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, November 30. 

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.

Fellows, coaches selected for December PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO -- PLA is proud to announce the fellows and coaches for its 2017 Leadership Academy, taking place December 4-8, 2017, in Chicago, Ill. Themed "Navigating Change · Building Community," the PLA Leadership Academy is designed to help empower public librarians as community leaders and agents of change.

Stipends available for public library health workshop with National Network of Libraries of Medicine

CHICAGO — Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend "Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community," a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia.

The conference will be held from March 20 to 24, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Nationwide library internship program to hold commencement program in Chicago

CHICAGO – Demonstrating the commitment of public libraries to equity, diversity and inclusion, the Public Library Association (PLA) provided a group of 53 high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds with summer jobs with competitive wages at 39 host libraries.

Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine announce Promoting Healthy Communities initiative

CHICAGO — Access to current and reliable health information is imperative for the well-being of all Americans, and public libraries are frequently a go-to resource as people navigate complex issues of health care, insurance, aging and more.

A new nationwide initiative from the Public Library Association (PLA) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

PLA and United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and United for Libraries are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.