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A Message from PLA President Maria McCauley Regarding Recent Library Threats

Responding to threats to my library or my colleagues is something that I never expected to need to prepare for in my role as a library director. Unfortunately, these incidents seem to be coming up more often, and most recently colleagues in five cities have worked with local authorities to address bomb or shooting threats […]

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New FYI Podcast – Hosting an Expungement Clinic at the Public Library

Job seekers with a criminal record face an enormous barrier to employment. While legal service providers can assist with the expungement process, often at little or no cost, they are predominantly located in urban centers, making access difficult for those in rural areas. In this episode Elena Coelho, Adult Program Manager, Worcester County (MD) Library; […]

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Changing Expectations: New Ways to Entice the Public

Is your library quiet or noisy? Are the patrons reading, playing a board game, or getting documents notarized? Public libraries are evolving. As the focus (and access) changed from providing original sources for academics to providing materials to teach kids how to read, adults are thinking of libraries differently. Now they are more likely to […]

Brave Voices, Brave Choices: A look into Howard County Library System’s racial equity initiative

The Public Library Association’s (PLA) July webinar highlighting Howard County Library System’s (HCLS) Brave Voices, Brave Choices (BVBC) initiative was an energizing introduction to one public library system’s approach to advancing racial equity within its community. While Howard County in Maryland is acclaimed for its diversity, its Black residents increasingly have the worst outcomes across […]

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Just Where are We Heading?

With the overturning of Roe, it is more important than ever for libraries to protect the privacy of patrons who seek information to help them make decisions about their health. And, if recent events in public library land provide any indication, some library workers will likely do that work under the threat of criminalization.

Using Co-Design as an Approach to Better Serve and Engage Low-Income, Latinx Communities

The nation’s Latinx population is estimated at 58.9 million and is predicted to make up 28% of the U.S. population by 2060 (U.S. Census Bureau 2021). [1]. While this proportion has been increasing, institutional resources to support Latinx families have not been developed at a similar pace. For example, historically, Latinx populations are less likely […]

Uso del diseño colaborativo como método para atender mejor e involucrar a las comunidades Latinx de bajos ingresos

La población Latinx de la nación se estima en 58.9 millones de personas y se prevé que represente el 28 % de la población de EE. UU. en 2060 (Oficina del Censo de EE. UU., 2021). [1]. Si bien esta proporción ha ido aumentando, los recursos institucionales para apoyar a las familias Latinx no se han desarrollado a […]

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New FYI Podcast Episode! Directors Dialogue

From leadership and management matters to current public library hot topics to strategic planning, capital projects, collection development, program planning, and so much more, the Directors Dialogue episodes aim to share ideas, best practices, and lessons learned.

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Public Libraries Celebrate Juneteenth

This weekend, public libraries around the country are celebrating Juneteenth and Black freedom with events, discussions, book recommendations and more.

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GIS-Mapping Exchange Grant Program

The GIS-Mapping Exchange is seeking applications from public libraries, for funding ($1500-$5000) to partner with local geospatial data professionals.

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Brave Communities – A Conversation with Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

Feeling like I was making an impact I aspired to do more. The idea of becoming President stuck in my mind because when I was in Emerging Leaders, my group said I was going to be ALA president someday although I’m not sure I agreed then. When I was on the Executive Board and started doing work for the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) it was a labor of love, and a lot of work. I saw how much I cared about the Association, but it also showed me how much others cared about too

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Free and Fresh Fridge

With several sound and successful food programs, CCPL’s next undertaking was the Free and Fresh Fridge which would house fresh fruits and vegetables in a fridge located in a discreet part of the library from which patrons could help themselves.

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HOW TO Manage Fiction Series

We are always there to help, but the “browsers” want to be independent, and this helps them – it’s embedded.

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New Podcast Episode! Celebrate National Voter Registration Day @ Your Library

Want to learn how more public libraries in your state can participate in National Voter Registration Day? NVRD is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy, planned for Tuesday, September 20, 2022.