For immediate release | April 12, 2011

PLA to offer budget and finance workshop with Sandra Nelson in Houston this May

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the Houston Area Library System, is offering a Budget and Finance Management Workshop taught by Sandra Nelson, May 17-18, 2011 at the Austin Memorial Library in Cleveland, Texas.

This interactive workshop will provide the skills needed to manage all aspects of the library budget process successfully. Throughout the two-day program, participants will work through an engaging and expert curriculum (PDF) that includes the following sections: Understanding Budget Basics; Comparing Four Types of Budgets; Supporting Library Priorities; Monitoring and Adjusting Your Budget; Doing Cost-Benefit Analysis; Funding Major Capital Projects; and Presenting Your Budget Requests Effectively.

Award-winning librarian, consultant, speaker, trainer and writer Sandra Nelson brings her expertise in public library planning and management issues to this focused workshop. Throughout her career, she has worked in both large and small public libraries and state library agencies and has presented hundreds of training programs in 48 states.

Cost to attend the Budget and Finance Management Workshop is $250 (PLA Members and partners), $300 (ALA Members) and $400 (Nonmembers). Fee includes all training materials, breaks, and lunch on both days of the workshop. Register today.

This workshop is a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) course; however you do not need to be enrolled in the CPLA certification program to attend. CPLA certification is a voluntary program 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.

PLA is also offering a Fundraising Management Workshop, May 24-25. 2011, and will add more courses to the roster throughout the year. For additional information, please call the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or email

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.


Amy Sargent