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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. Librarian, author and trainer Stephanie Gerding will guide participants [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 the development of a replicable leadership training model that assists public library administrators, senior managers and staff who want to increase their capacity [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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New members

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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