PLA (Public Library Association) Division
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).
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?
Apply now for a PLA Award!
In 2012, the minimum award was $500.
The applications are available here: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply
It's just a couple of steps to create a login.
I thought that this article about a particular award had some advice that would apply to PLA and ALA awards too: http://www.exportawards.gov.au/Apply/How/How-to-write-a-winning-application
Post your tips for winning awards in Comments.
Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:48 AM
Author: Kathleen Hughes
Subject: PLA Literacy Programming – Quick Survey
Public libraries and librarians play a significant role in literacy programming within their communities. The Public Library Association (PLA) is interested in learning about which types of literacy programs your libraries have offered, are currently offering, or are planning to offer, and the types of literacy programming that you would like to learn more about, in order to offer programs to your communities.
Completing this short survey will help us plan to meet your needs more closely and as a thank-you for your time and effort, all completed surveys will be eligible for a random drawing of one free group registration to a PLA webinar of your choice. The survey will close on Friday, September 21. Thanks in advance for your participation!
Questions about the survey, contact Kathleen Hughes, khughes at ala.org.
Repost from Feed: District Dispatch
Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:33 PM
Subject: Task force seeks comments on digital literacy draft report
Today, one group of literacy experts is asking library professionals to help them answer the question: what does “digital literacy” look like in a library context? The Digital Literacy Task Force – a group spearheaded by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy – is now seeking comments on the preliminary report “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy.” The document seeks to provide a broad overview of libraries and digital literacy and discusses the current policy context, including digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, and workforce development.
The Task Force (pdf) is made up of literacy experts from school, public, and higher-education libraries and represents a wide range of ALA units. The Task Force addresses issues and questions related to digital literacy and national policy conversations. The report will serve as a launching point for the development of a set of recommendations to the Association and the broader library community to continue and expand libraries’ engagement and leadership to effect meaningful and sustainable change in our communities. The Task Force will develop these recommendations as a companion piece to this report.
The public comment period is open from September 18, 2012 – October 19, 2012. Commenters are asked to focus their feedback on substantive issues and the task force specifically asks representatives of each library type to consider how their library is portrayed.
Please send questions about the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.
Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."
Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013.
For more information and guidelines, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney.cfm or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: mbolduc at ala.org.
Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, one-hour webinar will feature the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing houses as well as the increasing numbers of self-published authors has lead to an unprecedented number of indie books. Help your readers sort through the onslaught by learning about great reads from this newly explosive area of publishing. Our expert readers' advisors will guide you to undiscovered choice picks and great resources for you and your patrons.
Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a visionary leader as their new Director—someone capable of working strategically with community organizations and agencies to develop and enhance library services—and effectively provide and promote those services to the community. The successful candidate will blend creativity and innovation with the heritage and legacy of the Library—the oldest public library in Illinois (1872)—and honor the Library’s commitment to provide each resident “more for your life.” The Library serves this historic Mississippi River community of nearly 40,000 (plus an additional 10,000 served through a contract with the Milan-Blackhawk Area Library District) with three locations—the Main Library downtown and two branches (30/31 and Southwest) and has staff of 31.2 FTEs, a $2.4 million annual budget, a dedicated Friends of the Library, and an active Library Foundation.
The City of Rock Island, 175 miles west of Chicago, is a major city in what is known as the Quad Cities (population:400,000) that includes Rock Island (IL), Moline (IL), East Moline (IL), Davenport (IA) and Bettendorf (IA). Rock Island is a city of neighborhoods where “residents feel at home” and blend their love of history and preservation with new development, restaurants, galleries and theatres. Outdoor recreation flourishes with parks, bike paths, river activities and festivals. The Quad Cities region is the home of two community colleges (Blackhawk College and Scott Community College), two private colleges (Augustana College and Saint Ambrose University), in addition to Western Illinois University and the Quad Cities Graduate Studies Center. Additional information about the library and the community can be found at Rock Island Links.
Responsibilities. The Director reports to a nine member Library Board—appointed by the Mayor—and working with the City Manager serves as a City Department Head. Under the general direction of and within the policies set by the Library Board, the Director is responsible for developing and presenting an operating plan, budget, and policies necessary to provide optimal library service to community residents. The Director will also work with the Milan-Blackhawk Area District Library Board as well as the newly formed 20-member RiverShare Library Consortium. Opportunities and challenges include: strategic and facilities planning, expanding the Library’s visibility in the community; expanding collaborative partnerships; promoting the Library’s mission and goals; introducing new technology for staff and patrons; and developing alternative strategies for enhancing the library’s $2.4 million annual budget. See the Position Profile for additional details.
Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and comprehensive experience in library administration including a minimum six years of senior‑level supervisory experience. Essential attributes include a strong understanding and ability to articulate the public library’s vision, mission and values to the community; collaboration and consensus-building skills; facilities maintenance and space planning experience; excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns; and sound fiscal management skills. Complete qualifications are available on the formal Job Description. Successful experience working with a policy-making board and collaborating with elected officials is highly desirable. The successful candidate must meet a residency requirement which includes establishing residence in the City of Rock Island within one year of the hire date.
Compensation. The salary range for the position is $63,522-$98,542 (with placement within the range dependent on experience and qualifications). In addition, the Library offers an excellent benefits package.
If you are interested in career growth, we look forward to discussing this opportunity with you. Contact Dan or Jobeth Bradbury at Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates. Apply via email to either of the above and attach a meaningful cover letter and current resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The position will close October 7, 2012.