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Public Library Association (PLA)

Public Library Association (PLA)

 

The Public Library Association enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. This mission positions PLA to focus its efforts on serving the needs of its members; address issues which affect public libraries; and commit to quality public library services that benefit the general public. Related materials can be found under Record Group 29 at the ALA Archives.

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  • Thomas, Felton Jr. (Public Library Association, 2017-06)
    End-of-term report to the PLA Board of Directors by outgoing president, Felton Thomas, Jr., 2016–2017.
  • Teeri, Steve (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    It is fun to be a teen at the Detroit (Mich.) Public Library. You get to participate in workshops like Bike Tech, Graphic Design, Crafternoon, Robotics, and Music Electronics. You can learn how to solder and sew and practice ...
  • Bybee Miller, Lupine; López-Santillana, Jane; Mabbott, Cass (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    Help your young readers find happily ever after with a book. A panel of youth librarians share tips and tricks to enhance readers’ advisory for children and teens at your library. Learn effective ways to improve your skills, ...
  • Circle, Alison; Staley, Jim (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    Over the past few years libraries have grown in understanding the value of marketing and have adapted many marketing fundamentals. But like all professional disciplines, marketing is subject to trends and innovations. There ...
  • King, David Lee (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    There’s no denying it, an online presence is a must-have for every library, whether big or small. A digital branch opens the library to the online community and offers a place where your customers can interact—with you and ...
  • Evjy, Christopher (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    Web content management systems like Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla! are powerful tools that simplify staff interaction with complex web technologies and empower librarians to engage with patrons on a scale never before ...
  • Golden, Garry (Public Library Association, 2013-03-20)
    Look forward with futurist Garry Golden during an engaging and thought-provoking keynote session. While foresight may seem daunting in the mercurial world of public libraries, it can be a valuable and practical tool. Join ...
  • Oehlke, Vailey (Public Library Association, 2016-06)
    End-of-term report to the PLA Board of Directors by outgoing president, Vailey Oehlke, 2015–2016.
  • Irvin Morris, Vanessa (Public Library Association, 2013-05-15)
    “Street Lit is all about stories: Stories that come from real lives lived in neighborhoods where streets, sidewalks and corners interweave and intersect and connect… Stories about human beings who walk, talk, and think, ...
  • Pearson, Lynnanne (Public Library Association, 2012-04-17)
    Join Lynnanne Pearson, manager of adult popular services, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library for a basic look at the e-book devices your customers are using as well as some tips and tricks for using the devices and lending them ...
  • Petlewski, Kathy (Public Library Association, 2012-04-24)
    What is the most effective way to spend your e-book budget? Should you focus on popular items or create a comprehensive collection? Should you join a consortium to increase your library’s buying power? How do you find one? ...
  • Hibner, Holly; Kelly, Mary (Public Library Association, 2014-08-27)
    Reap the benefits of a well-weeded collection! This session discusses weeding techniques, collection management policies, and how to motivate reluctant weeders—all with sense of humor and encouragement from the pair behind ...
  • Neal, Larry (Public Library Association, 2015-06)
    End-of-term report to the PLA Board of Directors by outgoing president, Larry Neal, 2014–2015.
  • Davis, Nancy H.; Fitzgerald, Pam (Public Library Association, 2013-08-14)
    Strategic planning can be a galvanizing experience for any library, and, for public libraries, it all starts with digging deep and understanding your community. Today’s fiscal uncertainties challenge library leadership to ...
  • Gross, Valerie J.; Lassen, Christie P.; Flynn Giles, Ellen (Public Library Association, 2012-03-28)
    Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Nearly 100 ...
  • Garcia-Febo, Loida (Public Library Association, 2011-10-26)
    The library can be an important center of community for Latino immigrants. This webinar helps participants maximize the potential of their library to connect with and provide services for Spanish-speaking patrons. Instructor ...
  • Anderson, Dedra; Casper, Lisa (Public Library Association, 2012-09-19)
    Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, on-demand webinar features the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing ...
  • Davis, Denise; Wong, Megan; Calhoun, Amy; Spink, Joseph; Shorr, Manya (Public Library Association, 2011-09-21)
    Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library received a $100,000 grant from the California State Library to form a partnership with Barnes & Noble and develop a plan to successfully check out e-readers to the public. In six short ...
  • Anthony, Carolyn (Public Library Association, 2014-06)
    End-of-term report to the PLA Board of Directors by outgoing president, Carolyn Anthony, 2013–2014.
  • Poole, Eva (Public Library Association, 2013-06)
    End-of-term report to the PLA Board of Directors by outgoing president, Eva Poole, 2012–2013.

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