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PLA (Public Library Association)

Welcome to Connect @ PLA, a virtual community for PLA personal members to share knowledge and seek assistance from colleagues on any topic related to public library service. Post ideas, questions, links to interesting information—anything you wish to share or engage over.

STEM in Public Libraries

Libraries across the country have been reimagining their community role and leveraging their resources and public trust to strengthen community-based learning and foster critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Just as 21st Century...

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NYPL "Between Two Worlds"

A recent article from the New York Public Library: Something to share and something that features our very own Alice L. Hagemeyer, the Honorary ALA Member: #DeafCulture #CODA #GeneralNewsandDiscussion ...

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the...

Informal Science Education in Public Libraries

Draft Mission Statement To foster science programming on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in Public libraries. To increase awareness among public librarians of opportunities in science programming. To discuss how public libraries can affect science literacy.

ALCTS CMS Collection Evaluation and Assessment Interest Group

To identify and promote useful qualitative and quantitative assessment measures that provide management information for the assessment of library collections both in the local setting and on the national and international level.. To promote better utilization of existing assessment measures...