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Resources to Remember

  • ALA Membership

 http://www.ala.org/membership/joinala Dues link: http://www.ala.org/membership/aladues

Also, check out the orientation for new members. Make the most of your membership.

PLA Member benefits: http://www.ala.org/pla/membership

Committees, Task Forces and Communities PLA Members are appointed to or involved with: http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees

  • PLA Blog

You may notice the section on this page/node of ALA Connect called "Headlines." That section is a feed from the PLA Blog. To visit the PLA Blog's main site, visit http://plablog.org where you can also set up a RSS feed from the blog.

  • PLA on Facebook


  • Public Libraries Online

It isn't just PLA's Journal, it's interactive: http://www.publiclibrariesonline.org/content/polls/help-pla-improve-our-virtual-learning-do-you-prefer

  • ALA Resources


PLA and OITP  on E-Books http://www.ala.org/offices/oitp/publications and  http://www.ala.org/pla/tools/ebooks

ALA Executive Board Agendas: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/officers/ebmeetingagendas

ALA Division Leadership: http://connect.ala.org/node/93628

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PLA Communities of Practice on ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/108391 *********PLA is updating the Communities of Practice in 2012******

 PLA Committees on ALA Connect http://connect.ala.org/node/108394

ALA's Issues and Advocacy clearinghouse type page: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/index.cfm

Mary Kirkpatrick's picture

Just wanted to say how bittersweet is was to receive by Books-A-Million Discount Card in the Mail late Dec. That same week I had made it a specific task to go to our local Books-A-Million in Palm Harbor, FLA to get some calendars and perhaps browse for a couple of other things. CLOSED. NOTHING. GONE. Then I received the ALA Books-A-Million Discount Card in the Mail. I felt sad. Is this going to happen (happening) to our public libraries as well? is EVERYTHING going to be strictly online?

So, another store closes in Pinellas County. The same happeded to the Books-A-Million in Pasco County to the North of us. CLOSED. I ended up getting my calendars at the next door business STAPLES and then made a trip to the nearby Palm Harbor Public Library to pick up a few books a wanted. I work in another library district. No matter. My library card is good all over Pinellas County. These times they are changing, but for better or worse?

Mary Frances Kirkpatrick, Librarian I, Clearwater Public Library System, Clearwater, FLA


Julianna Kloeppel (staff)'s picture

I don't have any valuable or useful replies, but I love our little nearby bookstores and the library. I think that there are enough folks like us to keep them in business. If you like YouTube videos and don't mind watching books fall over, I recommend looking for The Joy of Books by crazedadman on YouTube. It might cheer you up.


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