PLA members are connected to a community of 9,000+ public library professionals where they can share skills and develop new ones. By joining a PLA interest group, you'll connect with public library people who share the same interests as you. Listed below are the PLA interest groups designed to increase member engagement, foster connections and networking, help members find what they need, and drive conversations around key areas affecting public libraries. Please note that PLA personal membership is required to join most interest groups and you must be logged into your account.
The Legislation and Advocacy interest group is for members interested in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society. Join the Advocacy interest group.
Data and Measurement
The Data and Measurement interest group is for members interested in increasing their knowledge and skills related to library data, assessment, evaluation and impact. Join the Data and Measurement interest group.
The Digital Literacy interest group is for members who provide digital literacy training in their libraries, or for those interested in learning more about making their libraries digital literacy learning centers. Join the Digital Literacy interest group.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) interest group is for members interested in building skills and organizational capacity to address issues of EDI. Join the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion interest group.
The Family Engagement interest group is for members interested in helping children and families in their communities succeed in school and life. Join the Family Engagement interest group.
The Health interest group is for members interested in increasing their knowledge and skills related to consumer health services and programming to help patrons better navigate complex health issues. Join the Health interest group.
Immigration and Citizenship
The Immigration and Citizenship interest group is for members interested in providing accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship at their libraries. Join the Immigration and Citizenship interest group.
The Social Work interest group is for anyone interested in learning more about social work in public libraries. The PLA Social Worker Task Force will use this space to discuss issues facing public libraries, provide a space to connect with others, and generate and share best practices and resources. Join the Social Work interest group. (This group is open to the public, and does not require PLA personal membership.)
Workforce Development/Small Business
The Workforce Development/Small Business interest group is for members interested in establishing, sustaining, and promoting workforce development and/or entrepreneurship and small businesses development in their libraries. Join the Workforce Development/Small Business interest group.