Continuing Education News

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) will present a webinar next month designed to help public library professionals apply data-visualization techniques to their work.

CHICAGO -- Last month, PLA announced a new project, supported by Microsoft Corp., called DigitalLead: Rural Libraries Creating New Possibilities, which seeks to increase digital skills programming and access to technology in rural communities.

CHICAGO – As a means of reducing barriers to library access, public libraries are increasingly eliminating overdue fines and fees. So, why do some patrons still fail to return borrowed materials? 

In Fall 2016, more than 10,000 people in the City of Milwaukee, WI, had their overdue fines forgiven and their library privileges restored. However, within 90 days, 8% of those individuals had once again incurred fines or fees.

CHICAGO – In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. 

CHICAGO -- The New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will be the special guest speaker, courtesy of HarperCollins, at the Public Library Association's (PLA) Member Welcome Breakfast at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, PhD will host the Breakfast during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced its webinar offerings for the month of May. All three webinars are offered free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Please click the webinar titles below for more information or to register.

Improving the Quality of Youth Programs
Thurs., May 2; 1-2 p.m. Central Time

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will officially turn 75 years old on Oct. 13, 2019, and the entire public library field is encouraged to be a part of PLA’s Diamond Anniversary celebration. From now through the PLA 2020 Conference, we will recognize this milestone by reflecting on our storied history, commemorating our achievements, honoring the people who have contributed to our success and preparing for an even brighter future.

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced it will host a webinar series for library professionals on the topic of cultural intelligence. The term “cultural intelligence,” popularly abbreviated as CQ, refers to a person’s ability to function effectively across the boundaries that divide nations, ethnic groups and organizations.

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) officially opened the Call for Proposals for educational sessions to be presented at its next biennial conference, to be held Feb. 25-29, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. The PLA 2020 Conference will highlight innovative work and ideas that address the core challenges facing public libraries and their communities today.