Public Library Association (PLA)

PLA releases first Staff and Diversity Survey report

(CHICAGO) - The Public Library Association (PLA) today published the 2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey report. The national survey updates information on beginning librarian and library director salaries; documents traditional and emerging staff roles; explores staff diversity, recruitment, and retention efforts; and captures information about public library equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and activities.

ALA/ARL approve Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity: A Framework

CHICAGO; WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Joint ALA/ARL Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force’s final draft of the Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity: A Framework was approved by the boards of directors of the four partner organizations, the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Public Library Association (PLA), during summer 2022. 

Apply now for PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for public libraries to receive funding to conduct digital literacy workshops using DigitalLearn.org resources. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive Program, supported by AT&T, provides up to $7,000 to support outreach and training in local communities. Library staff can learn more about this opportunity on May 19, 2022, at 1 p.m.

Together with AT&T, PLA launches new DigitalLearn courses; announces new incentive program for library digital literacy workshops

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) announced the availability of new and updated digital literacy courses and training materials developed as part of its collaboration with AT&T to bring digital literacy training to families.

Sonia Alcántara-Antoine named PLA 2023-2024 president

CHICAGO — Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the results of its 2022 Election. Voting was available March 14 through April 6, and open to all PLA members in good standing.

6,000 attend first in-person PLA national conference since pandemic

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association national conference ended Friday, March 25, 2022, after more than 6,000 library professionals and gathered together in person and virtually to attend sessions on shaping the future of public library service in a post-pandemic world.  

Portland to host largest national library conference since the pandemic

(CHICAGO) In the wake of the pandemic and calls for social justice, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host its national conference in Portland, Oregon, from March 23 to 25, 2022. More than 4,000 attendees will attend the in-person event at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., which will offer more than 100 programs focused on inspiring and developing the future of U.S. public library services.

PLA 2022 to generate an estimated $4.4 million in revenue for City of Portland

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) national conference is the largest in-person association conference to return to Portland since the beginning of the pandemic. The event will bring more than 4,000 attendees to the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., from March 23 – 25. Library professionals will attend more than 100 programs focused on shaping the future of U.S. public library service.