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Extensive Programming for Public Librarians Available at ALA Annual Conference

With big-name speakers and diverse educational offerings, the Public Library Association (PLA) offers something for every public library worker in its programming at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference.

To kick things off, PLA is partnering with the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) to present a full-day preconference workshop called AvramCamp, named in honor of library innovator Henriette D. Avram. Avram- Camp 2018 will provide an opportunity for female-identifying individuals who work with technology to connect with peers and discuss shared challenges. Participants will collectively examine barriers to success, salary negotiation, creating and maintaining inclusion, and more.

On Saturday, PLA will host a Member Welcome Breakfast featuring authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker.

On Saturday, June 23, PLA will host a Member Welcome Breakfast featuring authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker. PLA President Pam Sandlian Smith will host the event, during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its 2018 Awards and Grants. The Breakfast will take place Saturday, June 23 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., in Grand Ballroom D of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Admission is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required. Click here to learn more.

From June 23 through June 25, PLA will offer a wide array of educational sessions aimed at public library workers. Among the 21 open sessions, the topics to be covered include the opioid crisis, cultural competence, digital literacy, and legal issues in public libraries. The PLA Board of Directors and numerous PLA committees, task forces, advisory groups, and working groups will also convene at the ALA Annual Conference. Click here to see a list of PLA activities at ALA Annual 2018.

YALSA Releases Report on Transforming Library Services for and with Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education.

The report is the result of a year-long national forum that took place from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018, and was hosted in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The project brought together state library agency (SLA) chief officers, youth consultants, library practitioners and others to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for improving CE for library staff to aid them in transforming teen services. These discussions took place both in-person and virtually and resulted in the following overarching recommendations to help improve the CE landscape for serving teens through libraries:

  • Commit to CE that promotes deeper learning
  • Connect with others to provide a richer learning experience
  • Create an organizational culture that prioritizes staff learning
  • Embrace effective models for CE

Additionally, recommendations for specific stakeholders such as national organizations, state library agencies, public and school library staff, funders, and more were identified. Recommendations for each group include some or all of the following:

  • Setting a strategy and vision for CE
  • Identifying and promoting models and best practices
  • Building capacity
  • Embracing and promoting a culture of learning
  • Advocating for high quality CE
  • Embracing national guidelines
  • Advancing a 21st century vision for teen services
  • Adopting best practices in CE delivery
  • Gathering data for informed decision making

Learn more about the project and access the executive summary and the full report here. A follow-up project titled “Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach,” which will implement many of the recommendations mentioned in the report, will start July 1, 2018. Learn more at



The New Orleans


June 23 + 24, 9AM - 5PM • June 25, 9AM - 2PM
Booth 1657

Spend any amount of time in New Orleans and you’ll have a great story to tell.

This dynamic installation uses artificial intelligence and film projections to capture and share your best tales of music, food, family, and friends made after midnight.

Because for 300 years, great stories have started the same way,

One Time, in New Orleans