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Event 10 Steps to a Better Library Interior

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

At a time when swelling library use puts pressure on dwindling budgets, it is tempting to ignore the updates your library interior needs. But library customers are increasingly savvy and have rising expectations about their library experience. Fortunately, reimagined library interiors don't have to be costly. With creativity and resourcefulness, you can make a great impact even with small investments. Hear tips and see images from library projects of all scales from around the country.

At a time when swelling library use puts pressure on dwindling budgets, it is tempting to ignore the updates your library interior needs. But library customers are increasingly savvy and have rising expectations about their library experience. Fortunately, reimagined library interiors don't have to be costly. With creativity and resourcefulness, you can make a great impact even with small investments. Hear tips and see images from library projects of all scales from around the country.

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Discussion Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

by Amy Greer (non-member) on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 03:46 pm

Can we get to $10,000 by the end of April? Donate today and share with others to send an amazing group of librarians and archivists to Palestine! Learn more about our contingent and donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/librarians-and-archivists-to-palestine

Discussion PLA at ALA Midwinter 2013

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 04:14 pm

Please visit this link for a list of PLA activities: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/alamidwinter

Event Summer Reading Update (ALSC, PLA, YALSA)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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.

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.

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Event PLAmetrics Demo

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

PLAmetrics (PLA PLDS Statistical Report data)
Learn more about how to innovate and optimize your library's use of www.plametrics.org

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Event Public Library Association Update (PLA)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

PLA will discuss highlights of the IMLS grant funded digital literacy online resource project and request feedback from PLA members and Midwinter attendees. Press release for the grant: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11454

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Discussion PLA Awards deadline is tomorrow!

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

Reminder: To submit an application or nomination, please login to the PLA Awards Online Application.

The application is open September 1, 2012 and closes December 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM Central.

Reminder: To submit an application or nomination, please login to the PLA Awards Online Application.

The application is open September 1, 2012 and closes December 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM Central.

Please make sure that you complete all screens to complete your application. The Submit Application for Review button is pictured below. Applicants must click this button within the awards online application.

Final Submit

 

 

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Event PLA Leadership Academy - application deadline is 11/28/12

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

UPDATE

Letters of recommendation and online application

The deadline of 11/28/12 is NOT a postmark deadline. Materials should arrive at PLA by 11/28/12, please.

http://www.ala.org/pla/education/leadershipacademy/letters

UPDATE

Letters of recommendation and online application

The deadline of 11/28/12 is NOT a postmark deadline. Materials should arrive at PLA by 11/28/12, please.

http://www.ala.org/pla/education/leadershipacademy/letters

You may collect scans/pdfs and faxed letters from your references and then mail them to PLA. The deadline is the 28th. We'll be reasonable about accepting letters after the 28th due to mail delays- there are snowstorms in Nov. after all. Everyone's to please mail them as soon as possible. Mail to:

PLA Leadership Academy
Public Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Dear PLA Leader Community,

We want to let you know about a new opportunity to consider or to share with colleagues—the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 5-8, 2013, in Chicago. Applications are now being accepted to attend this inaugural event that promises to offer empowering leadership education for public librarians. Developed in collaboration with the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA), the PLA Leadership Academy promises a unique focus on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials and other community stakeholders to enhance the position of the library within the community and improve the overall effectiveness of library services and programs.

The PLA Leadership Academy offers:

  • A three and a half day, in-person educational/networking event;
  • A professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers
  • Online events that will build on the in-person experience
  • Development of real-world projects to implement at attendees’ libraries

For this pilot program, registration fees (valued at $2,500) are waived and all meals will be provided; however participants will be required to cover travel costs and lodging at the Union League Club, Chicago. Interested participants must apply, submit three letters of recommendation and be accepted to participate in the PLA Leadership Academy. Applicants must be MLS/MLIS librarians with at least five years of increasingly responsible experience. The application deadline is Nov. 28, 2012, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on Dec. 19. Attendance is selective and will be limited to 24.

The PLA Leadership Academy is a pilot project developed with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant with the intent to design a leadership training model that enhances the capacity of libraries to advance community goals and to be active change agents in communities across the United States. The PLA Leadership Academy will be assessed for effectiveness and sustainability. The curriculum is designed by the PLA Leadership Task Force with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and builds on PLA’s previous leadership training initiatives.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at pla@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

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Discussion Drive up book drops question

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 03:56 pm

PLA members, this library is looking for book drop guidelines. Please provide any links or tips you have in Comments.

Question to PLA members, “We are in the process of investigating the safety and security of our parking lot book drops. We have concerns about their placement and are wondering if there are actual guidelines for public libraries on parking lot safety in respect to book drops. For example, how much radius is needed from the drops to parking spaces, width of access routes, etc.? Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.”

PLA members, this library is looking for book drop guidelines. Please provide any links or tips you have in Comments.

Question to PLA members, “We are in the process of investigating the safety and security of our parking lot book drops. We have concerns about their placement and are wondering if there are actual guidelines for public libraries on parking lot safety in respect to book drops. For example, how much radius is needed from the drops to parking spaces, width of access routes, etc.? Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.”

Response from PLA office- PLA tends to provide tools for planning rather than guidelines. We have a book about facilities, but I don’t think that it gets into measurements in the parking lot. There are measurements for "public use furniture and equipment". Book link to buy: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2247 Title if you want to interlibrary loan it: Managing Facilities for Results: Optimizing Space for Services by Cheryl Bryan. Companion site for the book: http://www.elearnlibraries.com/workforms/managing_facilities_for_results.html.

We recommend posting your question to Publib too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PUBLIB and http://bestofpublib.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/subscribe-to-the-publib-lis...

Google “fast food drive through specs” and “fast food drive through planning” because those facilities need room too. A bunch of municipal guidelines popped up. Perhaps you can find some that would be helpful to your project?

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