Public Library Association

PLA announces keynote speakers for 2022 conference, March 23-25

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) 2022 Conference will open and close with laughter and a challenge to engage the current moment with opening speaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones and closing speaker Kal Penn. The PLA 2022 Conference, taking place March 23–25, in Portland, Oregon, will feature dynamic speakers and programming that reflects the innovation, creativity, diversity and adaptability of our nation’s public libraries.

PLA sponsors two public library workers in ALA Emerging Leaders program

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to continue in its tradition of sponsoring two public library workers in the American Library Association’s annual Emerging Leaders (EL) program.

The American Library Association opposes widespread efforts to censor books in U.S. schools and libraries  

CHICAGO - Due to a dramatic uptick in book challenges and outright removal of books from libraries, ALA's Executive Board and the Boards of Directors for all of ALA's eight divisions have released the following joint statement regarding attempts to remove materials that focus on LGBTQIA+ issues and books by Black authors or that document the Black experience or the experiences of other BIPOC individuals:  

ACRL, PLA partner launch Benchmark, a new digital data tool for libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and Public Library Association (PLA) now offer Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends to power library data analysis and visualization. This new digital resource can help libraries plan, make informed decisions, and tell the story of their impact. 

Registration and housing now open for PLA 2022 Conference

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced that registration and housing are officially open for the PLA 2022 Conference. The conference will take place March 23-25 in Portland, Ore.; most events will be held at the Oregon Convention Center,  located at 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 

PLA releases 'Strategic Planning for Public Libraries' publication

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new book, "Strategic Planning for Public Libraries," addressing the key areas of strategic planning that public library professionals care about most. This instructional publication provides a framework that libraries of all sizes can use as a basis for their strategic planning. The content is supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than 20 library directors and leaders throughout the country.

National survey finds libraries play expanded role in digital equity, bridging gaps in access to technology

CHICAGO – As the nation celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month this September, a new report from the Public Library Association (PLA) details how libraries are further extending their technology services and resources in the face of pandemic limitations. The 2020 Public Library Technology Survey report provides the most current and complete picture of how libraries serve as digital equity hubs.

PLA launches Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development webinar series

CHICAGO — As the nation begins recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are seeking opportunities to build skills, find and improve job prospects, and prepare for in-demand careers. Public libraries are stepping up to meet these needs with expanded services and strengthened workforce collaborations. The Public Library Association (PLA) will showcase this work in the Public Libraries: Partners in Workforce Development free webinar series starting August 19, 2021.

Emergency Connectivity Fund $7 billion application window opens 

ALA encourages library participation, reiterates FCC policy concerns 

ALA launches resources for libraries to apply for $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund

WASHINGTON – To help libraries take advantage of the new $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program, the American Library Association (ALA) has created the