From the ALA Director 4/4: Public Library Association (PLA)

Public Library Association  (PLA)

New IMLS Grant

PLA has just received word that it is the recipient of a 2014 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for the project, “Navigating Change, Building Community: Outward-focused Public Library Leadership Training.”  This three-year grant will allow PLA to further refine and implement the PLA Leadership Academy (originally presented in 2012) and measure the impact on participants and their libraries.  In addition, PLA will convene a meeting of leadership training providers to share evaluation results and best practices and further raise awareness and understanding of the PLA leadership model.


PLA @ ALA Annual

On Friday morning, June 27, of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, PLA is sponsoring three preconferences ideal for public library professionals.

  • Beyond Glitz and Glitter: Great Brands Start from Within;
  • Creating a Collaborative Culture;  
  • Stepping into the Director Role: Preparing for the Part. Find more details online.


More PLA Professional Development

Before and after the annual ALA Conference, PLA will sponsor both online and in-person educational events.

Additional Webinars TBA How to Win Grants for Your Library(Online Course), April 21-May 16, What Makes a Great Library Website (Webinar), April 30, 1:00 p.m. (Central), PLA Results Boot Camp, August 4-8, Nashville, TN.


This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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