PLA (Public Library Association) Division
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Postgraduate Student in Information and Library Studies
University of Strathclyde
Department of Computer and Information Studies
Dissertation supervisor: Alan Poulter (email@example.com)
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.
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Join the Association for Library Service to Children, the Public Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association for an update on summer reading. This session will include an update on the progress of YALSA’s two minigrants made possible through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The minigrants support the implementation of innovative summer reading programs for teens, especially to underserved teen populations and funding for libraries to train and use teens as interns to provide support during libraries’ summer reading programs. PLA will provide an overview about their IMLS-funded pilot research and design of a national digital summer reading (NDSR) program website application (app). Finally, ALSC will provide information on the latest summer reading resources and tools, including taking your summer reading program online.