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Dispatches from PLA 2014: Creating a Health Literate City

The speakers provided an overview of what two libraries were able to accomplish in health literacy in their community, as well as advice for how to set up similar programs in your own library. National Institutes of Health offers “Partners in Research” grants. Ann Arbor District Library and the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library, along with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, partnered to “address the need for community engagement in clinical research by incorporating community expertise and knowledge in several innovative strategies designed to raise the level of literacy, awareness, and participation in clinical research.”

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Fast Five: My Experience as a Spark Talks Presenter

My colleague Gwyn and I gave a Spark Talk at PLA 2014. Our goal was to show how it is possible to livestream library programs for free. We had to be informative, convincing, and captivating — and present the idea in 300 seconds or less.

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Dispatches from PLA 2014: Big Ideas with Amy Cuddy

One of the high points of PLA 2014 was definitely the daily “Big Ideas” sessions, which took place every morning and provided great fodder for thought and discussion throughout the day. Although each of these was fantastic in many ways, my favorite was Amy Cuddy’s talk on power posing.

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Dispatches from PLA 2014: YA Author Lunch with John Green

Perhaps one of the hottest programs during PLA 2014 was Friday’s Young Adult Author Lunch with John Green. This ticketed event sat approximately 1,000 librarians, and demand was even higher. I was excited at the prospect of dining with arguably today’s most popular young adult writer, but I found myself even more impressed at Green’s skills as a speaker.

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Dispatches from PLA 2014 — Does This Display Make Me Look Fat?

Appearances are everything.” Perhaps not everything but to self-identified marketing maven Kathy Dempsey, looks are significant. At her program during the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, Dempsey discussed merchandising for libraries, and provided simple tips that libraries can use to boost their visual appeal.

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PLA 2014 Virtual Conference Brings Learning and Networking to your Desktop

The PLA 2014 Virtual Conference will include many familiar elements of the onsite conference, including high-quality educational programming, author interviews and networking opportunities with colleagues. Each day will feature five live programs—the same programs available to in-person conference attendees.

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Win A Free Trip to PLA 2014 – Video Contest

Create a 60-second video telling us about you, your library, and most importantly, why you want to attend the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Two winners will receive free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Both public library professionals and library students are welcome to submit videos. The top five videos (determined by members of the PLA Conference Committee) will be posted to the PLA Facebook page for voting, and the two videos with the most “likes” on Facebook win!