For immediate release | December 21, 2012

Free PLA webinar recording offers ideas and tools to build community e-book awareness

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released the free archive recording of the 90-minute webinar, “E-Book Action: Inform and Inspire Your Community.” This informative webinar offers inspiring case studies and practical tips to reach out to community members to not only explain why libraries have limited e-book collections but also enlist their help in improving e-book access. The webinar consists of three presentations that highlight distinct initiatives:

  • Kansas State Library’s Facebook—Big Six E-Books in Libraries; presented by Jo Budler, state librarian, Kansas State Library

  • Pierce County (Wash.) Library System’s grassroots postcard and e-mail campaign, Scrooged; shared by Lisa Bitney, reading and materials director and Mary Getchell, marketing and community relations director, both of Pierce County Library System

  • The work of the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, highlighting the free E-Book Media and Communications Kit; presented by Larra Clark, director, Program on Networks, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Vailey Oehlke, director of Libraries, Multnomah (Ore.) County

Additional resources include an engaging question and answer concluding the webinar and PDFs of the presentations and relevant Web links on the archive page. The webinar recording is free and does not require registration.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at


Amy Sargent

Manager Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024