Public Programs Office

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.

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.

ALA, Center for News Literacy announce Media Literacy @ Your Library cohort

CHICAGO — Five public libraries have been selected to participate in Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers, The American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for News Literacy @ Stony Brook University announced.

 

The Media Literacy @ Your Library cohort members are:

October webinar highlights the many uses of outcomes data

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association's Public Programs Office are partnering to present a webinar on the benefits of using outcomes data to improve and support library programming. Participants will learn how to leverage Project Outcome, PLA’s performance-measurement program for public libraries, in making programming decisions, applying for funding, and demonstrating the impact of library programs and services. 

Small/rural public libraries invited to apply for stipends for dialogue and deliberation workshop at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: Conversation Café Workshop for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-Sized and/or Rural Communities” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

50 public libraries selected for ‘The Vietnam War’ PBS documentary programming opportunity

The American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning Sept. 17.

Apply now for Media Literacy @ Your Library opportunity for public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, invites public libraries to apply for Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers.

In this six-month learning and prototyping project, ALA and the Center for News Literacy will work with teams from five public libraries to adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve.

Announcing ‘Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change for Academic Libraries’ free webinar series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite academic library professionals to attend a free learning series that teaches several dialogue facilitation approaches and helps librarians position themselves to foster conversation and lead change on their campuses and beyond.

ALA, Center for News Literacy announce plans to create media literacy training for public libraries

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at the Stony Brook School of Journalism, announce Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train public library professionals to teach their adult patrons to be better informed news consumers.

During the one-year pilot program (July 2017 to June 2018), ALA will work in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy to develop an online media literacy curriculum and corresponding resources.