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PLA Blog Now at

Thanks for reading the PLA blog over the past several years! We are closing this site, but invite you to check out our exciting new web presence (PL Online) over at PL Online is the online companion to Public Libraries, PLA’s official magazine. Like the print iteration, PL Online focuses on issues and topics [...]

PLA hosts webinar with Britton, developer of first makerspace in a public library

At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library ” with Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab. Makerspaces are innovative spots [...]

Help! I’m Not a Social Worker – Join PLA’s Facebook Chat today at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Reminder to join us at 1 p.m. central today for the Facebook Forum – “Help! I’m Not a Social Worker.” Ask questions and share ideas about dealing with the challenges of patrons who need extra service and come to the library to find it. No registration necessary. Just visit and join the conversation at [...]

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. The open letter states: It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product [...]

PLA Literacy Programming – Quick Survey

Public libraries and librarians play a significant role in literacy programming within their communities. The Public Library Association (PLA) is interested in learning about which types of literacy programs your libraries have offered, are currently offering, or are planning to offer, and the types of literacy programming that you would like to learn more about, [...]

Literacy Programming @ Your Library

The January/February 2013 issue of Public Libraries will focus on Literacy Programming at the Public Library. We’re looking for feature articles and shorter opinion pieces on that subject. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your library’s literacy programming efforts with colleagues across the country. Your article can focus on any type of literacy programming, [...]

Connect your patrons with indie fiction recommendations from PLA’s upcoming readers’ advisory webinar

At 1 p.m. CDT on Sept. 19, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Alternative Reads: Discovering and Sharing Great Indie Fiction with Your Patrons,” to introduce attendees to the wide array of books from small and independent presses, hybrid publishers, and self-published works. Presenters Dedra Anderson and Lisa Casper, both [...]

PLA Facebook Forum: Have Kit, Will Implement – Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition

When: Tuesday,August 28 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Where: Every Child Ready to Read Facebook page Guest: Saroj Ghoting, early literacy consultant If you haven’t used Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) yet and need a nudge—join us for this facebook conversation! If you have used the kit and want to learn more—join us for this [...]

2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Gathering at the Waters – Celebrating Stories, Embracing Communities will be held September 19-23, 2012 at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference includes: Over 70 programs, 40 poster sessions, preconference programs,...Show More Summary

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology-trainer course in September

PLA is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training for users or staff at their library. Show More Summary

New Tool to Disseminate Digital Literacy Resources Info

In partnership with the Ad Council, Connect2Compete (C2C) will be launching a national campaign in 2013 to promote the importance of digital literacy and encourage individuals and families to access free community resources and training. The campaign will direct visitors to an innovative zip-code locator tool that identifies free computer access and digital literacy training [...]

PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?” to inspire library directors, managers and supervisors to shake off assumptions about their library and start thinking outside-the-box.Join presenter Cheryl Gould, library training consultant, Infopeople, for an [...]

PLA and partner ICMA receive IMLS grant to design leadership training model for librarians

The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to facilitate...Show More Summary

Want to work for an innovative, risk taking, learning institution?

Check out the Pasadena Public Library! Pasadena Public Library has an opening for a Deputy Director. For more information go here. Initial review of applications is scheduled for July 6, 2012.

Getting to ALA

Finally got here after a big delay in San Fransico. The town is noted for fog, why am I surprised? The Disneyland Express was a disappointment. I am a trained librarian. I did research, I made phone calls, I observed the sign for the shuttle….still, the shuttle drove right by me at the airport. When [...]

PLA @ ALA Anaheim: Digital Inclusion: Libraries Transform Communities

I’m attending one of the 18 programs PLA organized for the ALA conference in Anaheim.  This program, Digital Inclusion:  Libraries Transform Communities, provides practical tips for creating technology labs to enhance the traditional library model and bring in new library users.  Staff from the  Colorado State Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia shared lessons [...]

New members

I am attending the new members roundtable exec meeting. I am so impressed with their caring, enthusiasm and organizational skills!

federal Depository Libraries Task Force

Are you an FDLP library? this task force has the unenviable job of trying to find consensus amongst very disparate views. Some want to preserve the past, some want to embrace the digital world. Who is working on digital preservation of digitally produced government information? Go to ALA Connect and sign up to receive information [...]

PLA Seeks Roving Reporters

PLA is looking for volunteers writers to fan out and cover all aspects of the upcoming ALA Annual Conference for the readers of the PLA Blog. Our bloggers cover programming, exhibits, social events, author events, anything related to the conference and public librarianship, and then share it on the PLA Blog. If you are interested, [...]

PLAmetrics Demonstration and User Group Meeting at ALA Annual Conference

Date: Sunday, June 24 Time: 10:30am – Noon Where: Salon 1, Hyatt Regency Orange County At the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, PLA will be hosting a demonstration of its new PLAmetrics tool for online access to the Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report. More and more public libraries are arming themselves with [...]

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