Public Library Association announces events at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/06/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- Planning to attend the American Library Association's (ALA) 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash.? Be sure to take advantage of the outstanding programming offered by the Public Library Association (PLA).

Preconference Programs

PLA is presenting two preconference programs on Friday, Jan. 25. The first is a full-day (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Midwinter Institute titled Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Normalizing, Organizing, and Operationalizing. Practitioners will share their experiences using racial equity tools, setting up racial equity initiatives for success, barriers to anticipate, and how to sustain these efforts through challenging times. Separate registration required. PLA personal members may purchase tickets for only $130 through Jan. 18. Add event code PLA1 to your ALA Midwinter Meeting registration. For details, click here.

PLA is also partnering with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services to present a half-day (9:00 a.m. to noon) Midwinter Institute called Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Separate registration required. Tickets cost only $50 if purchased by Jan. 18. Add event code ODL2 to your ALA Midwinter Meeting registration. For details, click here.

Symposium Program

Racial Equity: Libraries Organizing to Transform Institutions
Saturday, Jan. 26
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Members of the PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and representatives of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) are presenting this program as part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries. The program will explore public libraries’ work to identify and address institutional racism and structural inequities.

News You Can Use Programs

PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative
Saturday, Jan. 26
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Since 2017, more than 100 high school students have participated in paid, mentored internships at public libraries across the nation through PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative. This program presents librarianship as a viable career option to students from underserved populations and seeks to diversify the future of the profession. Think your public library might be interested in taking part? We will share highlights from past participants, describe how libraries can work with high school interns to build more inclusive staffs and services, and provide information on how to apply to host an intern in 2019.

Project Outcome: Public Library Trends, Results & Impacts
Sunday, Jan. 27
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn how public libraries are using PLA's performance-measurement program, Project Outcome, to collect the outcomes of their programs and services, analyze their results, and take action using the data.  Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple, standardized surveys and easy-to-use tools for measuring and analyzing outcomes.

Libraries and Open Enrollment
Monday, Jan. 28
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

More than 97% of libraries assist patrons in using online government services such as filing taxes, enrolling in health insurance and more. Libraries are important partners in providing help in navigating the complex world of government information and social services. This session will discuss how a grant funded by Community Catalyst, allowed PLA to play a role in increasing awareness and educating library staff on how to maximize enrollment in health insurance Marketplace plans for 2019.

Other Events

Business Meetings

Several PLA committees, task forces and working groups will hold open meetings. Click here to see a schedule of offerings.

PLA Happy Hour
Friday, January 25, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location TBA

PLA invites you to eat, drink, and mingle with other public library professionals while learning how to get involved with the organization.