PLA (Public Library Association) Division
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) will be hosting a Mini-Social/Happy Hour at PLA 2016 in Denver on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Denver Wrangler (1700 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203).
Appetizers will be provided; Cash bar with Thirsty Thursday drink specials!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708520126026983/
If you're attending PLA we hope you'll join us! Invite your friends! All are welcome!
Peter Coyl, Deb Sica and Ann Symons
Chair, Chair elect and Past Chair
Nominate your library or colleague for a PLA award tonight!
Nine PLA service awards and grants highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or your library today! The deadline to apply for PLA 2016 Service Awards and Grants is December 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM Central. To submit an application or nomination, please login to the PLA Awards Online Application.
Winners of the DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant may use the funds to travel to PLA 2016: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/demconewleadersgrant
The Seattle Digital Youth Think Tank, was presented Oct 16-17, 2014, by the University of Washington iSchool. Sponsored by the IMLS, Microsoft Research, Facebook, the King County Library System, the Seattle Public Library, and other tech companies, over 80 multi-disciplinary experts from research, practice, policy, and industry gathered to: 1) analyze our understanding of digital youth; 2) identify persistent gaps in knowledge; and 3) define a shared path towards addressing those gaps. The resulting white paper addresses the digital youth landscape, identifying future service and research directions.
Do it for the library community!
Please nominate any great programs that haven't yet received recognition so that other libraries can learn about them. Honor a valued staff member! Do it for others!
The awards come with some lovely perks too, so do it for yourself/your library!
2015 Service Awards and Grants
Allie Beth Martin Award
Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1977 in honor of Allie Beth Martin. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.
Charlie Robinson Award
Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The recipient should have been active in national and other professional associations and be known for developing and implementing programs which are responsive to the needs of community residents. The award consists of $1,000 and a gift. The public library director will be honored at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1997. Sponsored by the Baker & Taylor.
Demco New Leaders Travel Grant
Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. Plaques and travel grants of up to $1,500 per applicant are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1993. The name of this grant was changed in October 2004. This grant is sponsored by Demco, Inc.
EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.
Gordon M. Conable Award
Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque to be presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by LSSI.
John Iliff Award
Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque and a bouquet of roses for the workplace. Sponsored by Innovative.
Romance Writers of America Library Grant
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.
Upstart Innovation Award
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Upstart, a Demco company.
Public Libraries Feature Article Contest
Awards cash prizes to the authors of the best feature articles written by public librarians and published in the previous year’s issues of Public Libraries magazine.
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a PLA award or if you have any questions regarding awards, please contact Julianna Kloeppel, program coordinator, at 312-280-5026 or 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.
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.