Public Library Association

With so much competition for grant dollars, it can be pretty daunting to not only find a grant that’s right for your library, but also craft and confidently submit a winning proposal. Take the guesswork out of grant work with this new four-week online course. Stephanie Gerding, grants expert and author of Winning Grants, will lead an interactive program.
PLA Facebook Forums offer opportunities for Facebook users to discuss a specific topic with a guest “expert” and other users. They are free, one-hour, interactive events hosted on the PLA Facebook page. Bring your questions and ideas! There is no need to register.
Archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Available topics include administration/leadership, adult services, advocacy/marketing, collection development/readers' advisory, customer service/staff development, technology, and youth services.
Based on the management concepts delineated in PLA’s bestselling Results Series of publications, the Service Response Workbooks are intended to help library planners identify the many possibilities that exist for matching their services to the unique needs of their communities. These are not traditional online courses and there are no assignments or grades. Instead, they are self-directed online workbooks with tools to assess your current services in a specific area or topic and to identify what would be required to expand those services.
Accidental technology trainers find themselves unexpectedly responsible for technology training—in labs, classrooms, or one-on-one with users or staff. Every library is providing some kind of technology training these days. Even if you are just answering questions “on-the-fly,” an organized approach will result in better service and save time and money.
Turning the Page 2.0 is a FREE library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
There’s a good chance that more of your library's patrons are using your website than coming into your building. Is your virtual presence welcoming? Easy to navigate? Reflective of your customers’ needs? Join us for a one-hour, live webinar and learn simple ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your library website, identify patron needs, and solve common website problems.