PLA Post-Election Resources
PLA knows its members and their libraries may be struggling to respond to the post-election challenges our communities face. Public libraries have an unparalleled ability to bring people and knowledge together, especially in times of uncertainty and division.
As we invite our communities to have critical conversations, we must be committed to ensuring a safe place for all that reflects and serves the diversity of our nation. PLA offers resources to help its members serve their communities. View resources »
Help PLA Save Federal Funding for Libraries
On March 16, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his preliminary budget proposal for 2018. In addition to drastic cuts across a wide range of departments and agencies, the proposed budget calls for the elimination of all federal funding to the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation's hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. Learn more.
PLA Professional Tools
PLA Professional Tools provide practical resources to help you talk about how far your library has come and invent what comes next. Topics include administration, management, technical services, community engagement, digital literacy, technology, advocacy, and more. The toolkit aims to support library professionals with access to current information resources and best practice guidelines.
In the following section you will find resources devoted to cataloging practices, collections management, digital collections, electronic resources, eLibraries, integrated library systems & automated services, non-traditional circulating materials, patron privacy, and RFID tags. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find resources devoted to helping you increase your community engagement and outreach, including: the ALA Libraries Transform campaign, outreach strategies, information on bookmobiles, how to work with community groups, universal access, and much more. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find information for directors, managers, and administrators. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find resources for adults on digital literacy, GED/high school equivalency, job searching, working with refugee populations, programming, financial literacy, and retirement preparation. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find resources devoted to increasing the efficacy of your marketing and public relations strategies, including: the value of libraries, performance measurements, marketing strategies, where to find images and programs for marketing materials, public relations resources, advocacy, and much more. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find reference related resources. Tools for reference training, technology reference, virtual reference, reader’s advisory, and E-Government are featured in this area. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find resources devoted to makerspaces, technologies, and website development. View subtopics »
In the following section you will find resources for the birth to young adult populations including: early literacy, programming, award winners, summer reading, and more. View subtopics »
Careers in Public Libraries
Learn more about careers in public librarianship.