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Advertising opportunities in Public Libraries, the official journal of PLA, and PLA's electronic products: Public Libraries Online, PLA Blog, and PLA E-News.
Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends
The newest tool for data-driven planning and advocacy in public libraries, Benchmark provides libraries with visualizations for easy comparisons to peer and nationwide data. All US public libraries have free access to some components of the tool; subscribe for upgraded access to the data dashboards, reports, and custom peer comparisons.
Books and Products
Top-selling books and products covering a wide range of public library concerns and issues.
Every Child Ready to Read
PLA, together with the Association for Library Service to Children, have incorporated the latest research in early literacy, into a series of turnkey parent and caregiver workshops that provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher.
PLA Annual Survey Reports
PLA conducts an annual topical survey and publishes a free report on the national results. The complete, interactive results for the annual topical surveys and historic Public Library Data Service (PLDS) data are available to subscribers via Benchmark.
PLA Gift Shop
You'll find great gift ideas for your friends, family, staff—and even yourself—in the updated PLA Gift Shop! From a dewey decimal apron to library-themed iPhone cases and apparel, there's something for every sort of book and library lover. Most orders ship in 24 hours.
Public Libraries Magazine
Public Libraries, published six times a year, is the official journal of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the only ALA journal devoted exclusively to public libraries.
Publish with PLA
Interested in sharing your unique knowledge or experiences with other public librarians? Consider publishing with PLA!