Public Library Association (PLA)

January webinar offers introduction to civic technology

CHICAGO –The Public Library Association (PLA) is hosting a webinar in January which will provide a basic introduction to civic technology tools such as online maps, budgeting applications and open-data portals. PLA's webinar, Civic Technology 101 for Libraries, will take place Thursday, Jan. 16, from 1–2 p.m. Central Time. 

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

15 library students & professionals awarded 75th-Anniversary Scholarships to attend PLA 2020 Conference

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association's (PLA) unveiled the winners of its 75th Anniversary Scholarships. To celebrate PLA's 75th Anniversary and encourage equity, diversity and inclusion in library leadership, PLA sponsored scholarships for 15 members to attend the PLA 2020 Conference, Feb.

PLA to host free "office hours" webinar for prospective Inclusive Internship host libraries

CHICAGO –The Public Library Association's (PLA) Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project.

San Francisco librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Janet Tom recognized with prestigious national public service honor

CHICAGO –Janet Tom, reference librarian at the San Francisco Public Library, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized for her leadership in her community and commitment to transforming lives, she is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this national honor.

Hartford, Connecticut, librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Homa Naficy recognized with prestigious receives national public service honor

CHICAGO –Homa Naficy, executive director of the American Place at Hartford (Conn.) Public Library, has been selected as a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized for her leadership in her community and commitment transforming lives, she is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this national honor.

Arlington Heights librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Maria Papanastassiou recognized with prestigious national public service honor 

CHICAGO – Maria Papanastassiou, Kids’ World assistant manager at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized for her leadership in transforming lives through access to education, she is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this national honor.

10 librarians receive coveted I Love My Librarian Award for life-changing public service

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 winners of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Recipients are dynamic librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their profound impact on the lives of families, students, teachers and information seekers in their communities.