PLA’s new Learning Tapas offers bite-sized professional development for public librarians

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/26/2020


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

CHICAGO – In October, the Public Library Association (PLA) released two new professional development resources exclusively available to PLA members. PLA's new Learning Tapas are quick, self-paced videos with corresponding guidebooks designed to provide a "taste" or introduction to the topic at hand.

The first two Learning Tapas cover gaining effective networking skills and finding a mentor or coach. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted staffing and hiring across many industries, including libraries. Results of PLA’s COVID-19 survey in March 2020 reported significant reductions in staffing and planned hiring among public library respondents. In these uncertain times, library professionals may need to grow their professional networks and find industry leaders to help support their careers.

PLA’s Learning Tapas Effective Networking Skills sets the participant up for networking success with guidelines, space for self-reflection, and additional resources. Finding a Mentor or a Coach directs the participant through the journey of finding a mentor, including setting goals, working agreements, and mentee responsibilities.

The Learning Tapas videos and guidebooks are free to all PLA members and can be found in the PLA Member Library in ALA Connect (ALA member login required). Contact if you have difficultly logging into ALA Connect or if you would like to join PLA to gain access to these member benefits.

About the Public Library Association
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. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or