PLA offers technology workshop for public librarians

Contact: Louisa Worthington

PLA, Marketing Manager



For Immediate Release

December 16, 2008

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering public librarians an opportunity to learn practical skills and gather knowledge that will help them better utilize technology to deliver library services.

The Management of Technology workshop, taught by Michael Porter, interactive strategy manager for WebJunction/OCLC, is scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz., and features an intensive, small group environment. Participants will learn how to determine the appropriate role of technology in their libraries; how to make decisions about sustaining, expanding or phasing out technologies; and how to identify the costs, necessary resources and timelines for new and expanded projects.

Management of Technology is sponsored by PLA in conjunction with the Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records. This two-day workshop will be held at the Carnegie Center. Registration rates are $250 for PLA members and employees of the Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records, $300 for ALA members and $400 for non-members. For the full course description, instructor biography and registration information, visit

Management of Technology is a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) course, and completion of this course can be used as credit toward the CPLA program. This voluntary program is designed for post-MLS public librarians with at least three years of supervisory experience and includes a series of courses, each focused on one aspect of library management. However, you do not need to be enrolled in the CPLA certification program to attend this workshop.

For more information on CPLA courses offered by PLA, as well as the full 2009 schedule of courses, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at For more information on becoming a Certified Public Library Administrator, visit the ALA-APA website,

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.