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Archive for "Feb 2012"

LibraryYOU: A take on community publishing at Escondido Public Library

The other day I wrote a post describing a two-part plan for a publishing platform for public libraries, and two days later I discovered that much of what I described has been prototyped in Escondido CA in a project called LibraryYOU.  This is worth paying attention to.  LibraryYOU is the first iteration of something very [...]

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A two part plan to make your library a local publisher

This is an extended version of my post on Digital Book World,  ‘Steal This Idea’, and an outline for my upcoming talk at SXSW. Frequently when people speak of ‘the future’, they speak of that which they believe to be inevitable. They take a determinist approach. They cite facts, figures, and statistics that back up [...]

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“Win A Trip to PLA 2012″ Contest Winners Announced

Two winners have been chosen in the ‘win a trip to PLA 2012’ contests that were recently sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA). Winners will receive free registration to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Pennsylvania, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. The first, [...]

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What is your library doing to help job seekers?

Job Searching and Libraries During these difficult economic times, people searching for jobs are turning to libraries more than ever. What is your library doing to help job seekers? The co-editors of the Perspectives column in Public Libraries want to know! Please submit your essay (no more than 1500 words) for inclusion in the March/April [...]

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Participate in the PLDS Survey

Make sure your library is counted! Participate in the PLDS Statistical Report survey. Visit http://pla.countingopinions.com/ to participate in the survey. You will need your library’s individual PLDS ID number and password. Completed surveys are due by March 30, 2012. Questions? Email: plasupport@countingopinions.com.

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PLA 2012 Virtual Poster Sessions

PLA is seeking interested parties to submit virtual poster sessions as part of the upcoming PLA Virtual Conference. The topic of your poster session can be of your choosing, but must be related to public librarianship. Virtual posters can be submitted as Web pages, PowerPoint presentations, or other formats which can be “mounted” on the [...]

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Upcoming PLA webinar will provide fun and affordable ideas to enhance the look and feel of your library

At 1 p.m. CST on Feb. 23, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Creating Dynamic Library Atmospheres: What We Can Learn from Theater, Retail, Museums, and the Container Store,” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly webinar series. Presenters Sally Decker Smith, library consultant, and Ted Swigon, museum [...]

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PLA 2012 Virtual Conference to feature same quality programming offered at onsite conference in Philadelphia

Registration for the PLA 2012 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 15-16, 2012, the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed, live and online PLA Conference with public librarians and public library workers who can’t make the trip to Philadelphia. The PLA 2012 Virtual Conference will include many familiar elements of the on-site [...]

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PLA Facebook Forum Tomorrow – Advocacy Planning for Public Libraries

Plan to join PLA and library consultant, Stephanie Gerding, for a PLA Facebook Forum highlighting Advocacy Planning for Public Libraries on Weds, Feb. 8 at 1:00 pm CST. Bring your advocacy related questions and join us on the PLA Facebook page for what promises to be an informative discussion!

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Another Opportunity to Participate in PLA 2012 – Virtual Poster Sessions

PLA 2012 Virtual Poster Sessions PLA is seeking interested parties to submit virtual poster sessions as part of the upcoming PLA Virtual Conference. The topic of your poster session can be of your choosing, but must be related to public librarianship. Virtual posters can be submitted as Web pages, PowerPoint presentations, or other formats which [...]

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