PLA offers politics and networking workshop for public librarians

Contact: Amy Sargent

Public Library Association



For Immediate Release

January 5, 2010

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 partnership with the Ohio Library Council, is offering a two-day Politics and Networking workshop Feb 17-18, 2010 at the Toledo Public Library.

At the end of this training program, participants will be able to describe their community demographics and culture, assess local political issues, explain how local decisions are made and know how federal, state and local statutes, ordinances and resolutions affect local decision-making. They will develop the skills they need to build coalitions and work collaboratively, develop negotiation and conflict resolution skills and understand how their values and ethics influence their political effectiveness. They will know how to identify key players and develop support groups and be prepared to deal effectively with the local media.

Politics and Networking is a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) course, and completion of this course can be used as credit toward certification. 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. You do not need to be enrolled in the CPLA certification program to attend this workshop. For more information on becoming a Certified Public Library Administrator, visit the ALA-APA website, Â

For more information on management courses offered by PLA, as well as the full 2010 schedule of courses, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at

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.