May 25, 2018

National Library Partnership Tackles Health Literacy Gap

More than 90 million Americans have low health literacy, hindering their ability to take control of and address their own health needs, according to a 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The Public Library Association (PLA) and its parent organization the American Library Association (ALA), together with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), are working to expand the extent to which libraries—among the most trusted of community institutions—can address this issue.

Round of Elections Means Change at the Top for Major Library Orgs

In elections ending in April, three of the country’s major library organizations—the American Library Association (ALA), Public Library Association (PLA), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—selected new leaders for the coming years.

Developing Collections and Serving Diversity | PLA 2014

The Public Library Association (PLA) Conference comes around every other year, but that long wait may make it all the more special to attendees, many of whom described the biennial gathering as their favorite library conference. Held in Indianapolis, this year’s conference brought together librarians, publishers, authors, and vendors for three days of programming with a focus on issues like collection development, finding partners to help increase the impact of programs, and reaching out to patrons, especially those in underserved communities.

DCWG: Showcase the Influence of Libraries with National Book of the Month

The American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) has begun exploring an idea that could help publishers better understand the powerful impact that libraries can have for their authors and their bottom line.

PLA Gets Grant to Build Digital Literacy Resource for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a $291,178 grant to the Public Library Association (PLA) to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources. The two year grant, which was given via the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, will help PLA partner with the American Library Association (ALA)’s Office for Information […]

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The Great Library Roadshow Has Arrived!

On the road to PLA, The Great Library Roadshow visits Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware, plus the Richmond County Public Library. And this just in, via Twitter: #libshow has arrived in Philadelphia!

The Roadshow’s First Stops

So far, The Great Library Roadshow has visited Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (see the interview, travelog and video narrative); the High Point Public and University Libraries; and more, spurring reflections on Data Driven Libraries and Augmented Reality on the way to PLA. Check back here at LJ‘s PLA channel for daily summaries of its progress, or […]

On the Road to PLA

While the rest of the library world gets ready to attend the PLA conference, LJ’s own Josh Hadro and two fellow librarians are already headed there by the scenic route. The Great Library Roadshow chronicles Josh and fellow travelers Lisa Carlucci Thomas and Patrick “PC” Sweeney as they take an OCLC-sponsored road trip from Charlotte, […]

Don’t Miss Danish Library Director Rolf Hapel at PLA

Scandinavian libraries have long been in the lead in shaping their institutions for the digital age. Rolf Hapel, director of Aarhus Public Libraries, Denmark, will take attendees on a visual tour of the community-based process that helped design the new main library and the initiatives being adopted to transform libraries. Join him on Friday, March […]

PLA Conference Preview 2012: Great Expectations | Philadelphia, March 13–17

Expectations are very optimistic for attendance at the Public Library Association (PLA) biennial conference in Philadelphia, March 13–17. Preregistrations at this writing were already coming in at a rate even with or a bit ahead of the attendance in 2010; with librarians and exhibitors, total attendance might exceed 8000.