PLA (Public Library Association) Division
Please access the committee volunteer form from this page: http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees
This is what the first page looks like:
Public Library Association (PLA) Committee Volunteer Form
To be a thriving, vibrant organization, PLA must have committed and active committee members. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out the form below.
The Committee Volunteer Form consists of four screens. Once you reach the end of a screen, you will need to press continue. At the end of the fourth screen, make sure you press submit before closing the form.
Start by building your profile and adding any experience you have with organizations and volunteer committees. If you are interested in volunteering to be a PLA Representative to an ALA Committee, please indicate that interest in the box titled, "I am interested in serving as a representative to a division, roundtable or ALA committee or assembly."
When you finalize the first screen, press "Continue." The next screen includes a list of PLA Committees. Select up to three committees then press "Submit."
Make sure you read the confirmation page that follows to ensure it reflects your choices. Press "Submit" if it is correct, or "Reset" if you need to reselect. When you "Submit" the form, a final confirmation page follows. Please print it for your records.
When you have completed the form's four pages, your information will be available to the PLA appointing officer(s) and the PLA office. Appointing officers will carefully consider your requests and preferences. If you are appointed to a committee, one to two year terms begin following the ALA Annual Conference. Appointments are made primarily in the spring.
Committee members must:
- Be a member of PLA
- Anticipate attending Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings during the term of office and must be able to participate in the meetings and activities of the committees (ALA Policy)
- Have an interest in the work of the committee
- Be able to work between conferences.
Descriptions or charges of the PLA committees are available on PLA.org
You are welcome to volunteer year-round.
On behalf of the PLA Board of Directors, thank you for taking the time to volunteer.
- ALSC/PLA Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee
- PLA (Charlie) Robinson Award Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA (Gordon M.) Conable Award Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA 2014 Local Arrangements Committee
- PLA 2014 National Conference Committee
- PLA 2014 National Conference Program Subcommittee
- PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA Annual Conference Program Subcommittee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA Board of Directors (Public Library Association)
- PLA Budget & Finance (Public Library Association)
- PLA Committee Chairs (Public Library Association)
- PLA Continuing Education Advisory Group
- PLA DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award (Public Library Association)
- PLA Intellectual Freedom Committee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Leadership Development Committee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Legislation and Advocacy Committee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Membership Advisory Group (Public Library Association)
- PLA Performance Measurement Task Force (PLA)
- PLA PLDS Statistical Report Advisory (Public Library Association)
- PLA Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award Jury (Public Library Association)
- PLA Public Libraries Advisory Committee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Representatives and Liaisons
- PLA Romance Writers of America Library Grant Jury
- PLA Technology Committee (Public Library Association)
- PLA Upstart Innovation Award Jury (Public Library Association)
List of PLA Committees on pla.org http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees
PLA 2014 Conference Local Arrangements Subcommittee
- Public Libraries Advisory Committee
As the Music Library Association's liaison to PLA, I wanted to share a program that is being presented at the MLA's annual conference in Atlanta February 26-March 2. Speakers Laurie Bailey, John Smalley, and myself will be presenting "Music Programming and Partnerships at Public Libraries." This presentation will focus on sharing the diversity of musical activities taking place in public libraries.
If your library has a music related program you are especially proud of, or if you have entered into any unique partnerships with local music organizations, we would love to know more. We are also interested in any opportunities you provide for patrons to engage in their own musical pursuits. We know there's a lot of creative and exciting programming going on out there, and we'd like to share it.
Dear ALA and PLA members,
I am posting to ask for your help. I am currently writing a paper, independently, about how public libraries can (and have) embraced the rise of nerd/geek culture.
The paper will focus defining nerd/geek culture and connecting its many elements and subcultures with the many services public libraries offer. For example, public libraries provide space for people to come and discuss their interests. Has you library ever provided space to comics enthusiast, local filmmakers, or a Magic the Gathering Tournament?
I would love to include real-life examples of public libraries services that focus on or incorporate nerd/geek culture. That's where you come in. I would love for you to post any programs, collections, and other services that you've created or participated in.
To help you better understand what I'm asking for, here's a list of nerd/geek culture topics:
- comics and graphic novels
- science fiction books, television (example: Doctor Who), or movies
- fantasy books, television (example: Game of Thrones), movies (example: Lord of the Rings)
- anime and mange
- cosplay aka costume play (dressing as you favorite characters)
- gaming including table top (D&D), RPG, online, card, and console games (example: Xbox)
- film and filmmaking
- technology and the internet (blogs, Youtube, and other Web 2.0)
- crafting such as knitting
- history (think Renaissance Faire)
Of course, all individuals and/or organizations will be given credits for their contributions and will be informed if/when the paper is published.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for your help.
2014 LIRT Conference Program
ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs
The 2014 LIRT conference program planning committee is issuing an open call for proposals for presentations that focus on strategies that libraries of all types have used to provide instruction to students in wholly online courses or programs. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length. An increasing amount of coursework, both at the secondary and postsecondary level, is being conducted online. This shift in the delivery method of education which began at the college level is now occurring throughout the K-16 continuum. Because many of the students in these classes and programs will never set foot into the host institution, this transformation has necessitated a great deal of change in all aspects of library services, including information literacy instruction. This conference program will spotlight some innovative ways that libraries are conducting and delivering instruction to this new cohort. Please submit a title and brief description of your proposed presentation to goo.gl/Qv0Cve by December 6th 2013.
Social Sciences Librarian
King Library 206
Oxford, OH 45056
After searching for a full time librarian position for several years, I recently began working on a IT associates and certifications (CompTIA A+ and Network+) and I plan on working in the IT field while volunteering after graduation. However, would having the aforementioned certifications and degree help one's employment chances in a public library or academic library?
My hunch is that it will help me more in public libraries than academic libraries. The another part of my hunch is that it would be much more beneficial in smaller libraries as opposed to larger libraries.
Dear ALA and PLA members
I am contacting you to ask for your support in my research about income generation at public libraries and public library ethos.
Since last year, I have been studying for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, I am working on my dissertation which addresses income generation methods used by public libraries in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany and the potential impact of income generation methods on public library ethos. Among the outcomes of my research will be a typology of income generation methods used by public libraries and an analysis of the impact of these methods on public library ethos as seen by librarians. I hope that these outcomes will help libraries to address financial difficulties and build stronger institutions while defending principles and ethos in these challenging times.
All results of my study will be made public on Strathclyde University’s open access repository (www.strathprints.strath.ac.uk). The dissertation is supported by the John Campbell Trust, administered by the UK’s Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals.
For the purpose of this dissertation I need your help. Below is a link to a short electronic questionnaire which seeks to gather information about what librarians and other relevant staff at public libraries think about a set of income generation methods and their impact on the ethos and principles of the public library. The questionnaire consists of 10 questions and should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and nobody will be identifiable. I am sending the questionnaire to public library staff in all three countries.
I would like to gather as much input from public library staff, whatever their role or position within the library, as possible. Therefore it would be great if you could also forward this message to colleagues within your library and in other public libraries.
So, if you are working in a US public library please follow this link to the survey:
Thank you very much for taking the time to help me. Your support is much appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns regarding my research. The research has been approved by the University's Ethics Committee. Should you wish to raise any ethical concerns with a party other than the researcher, please contact Professor Forbes Gibb at the University of Strathclyde (email@example.com).
Postgraduate Student in Information and Library Studies
University of Strathclyde
Department of Computer and Information Studies
Dissertation supervisor: Alan Poulter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submit a 2014 ALA Annual Conference Proposal
Represent public libraries at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, June 26–July 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev. Submit a proposal for a PLA-sponsored preconference or program. Be creative and innovative when choosing a topic—showcase emerging trends and examples of risk-taking in the areas of community engagement, managing space, marketing and advocacy, digital content, technology, programming, leadership, funding, staffing, collections, outcome measures, and more. Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 PM Central on September 1, 2013. Faxed, e-mailed, or mailed proposals will not be accepted.