PLA offers politics and networking workshop for public librarians

Contact: Louisa Worthington

PLA, Marketing Manager



For Immediate Release

March 24, 2009

CHICAGO--Now more than ever, being able to navigate the political environment in your community is critical to the success of your public library. In order to help you learn the skills you need to operate effectively with your local government, the Public Library Association (PLA), in conjunction with the Georgia Public Library Service, is offering a two-day Politics and Networking workshop June 4-5 in Decatur, Ga.

This intensive workshop will teach public librarians how to develop strong relationships with politicians; handle the local media and prepare for media interviews; build community coalitions and work collaboratively with other community groups; and prepare for political action. The full workshop description, as well as registration rates and local information are available online at

Politics and Networking 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,Â

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.