Two PLA Conference programs, cancelled in Philadelphia, now offered as free webinars

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/03/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that the content from two educational programs originally scheduled for presentation at the PLA 2018 Conference will be offered as free webinars this month. The two programs -- Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices for Youth and Your Neighbor is a Writer: Curating a Local E-Book Collection -- were cancelled due to the weather-related travel difficulties that prevented the presenters' arrival in Philadelphia for the conference. Both webinars are free, but registration is required and space is limited. Here are the details:

Webinar -- Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices for Youth 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Time

About This Session: Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library has radically shifted its approach toward interacting with youth in violation of the library’s Customer Code of Conduct. Using restorative justice practices, Pima County Public Library created a justice board with community partners to facilitate more mindful approaches to incidents involving youth, focusing on creating opportunities for growth and engagement rather than barriers to library access. This webinar explores the praxis behind this organizational culture shift including the successes and challenges faced by staff.

Click here to register or for more information.

Webinar -- Your Neighbor is a Writer: Curating a Local E-book Collection
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Time 

About This Session: Since 2015, Multnomah County (Ore.) Library has been providing a way for patrons to contribute to its e-book collection, bringing authors visibility while offering compelling local content to its patrons. The Library Writers Project engages with the writing community while promoting library staff as curators of books worth your time. We’ll walk through the project inception and execution, and discuss the place of self-published works in collection development and the role of librarians as tastemakers.

Click here to register or for more information.

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The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.