Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: Get Ready for "PLA 2004"

Magazine article American Libraries

The Association's Associations: Get Ready for "PLA 2004"

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With plans under way for another national conference and a new national library-advocacy program, the Public Library Association is poised to help public library employees excel during these challenging times.

PLA national conference

Over 150 continuing-education programs and talk tables will be offered during PLA's 10th national conference, "PLA 2004," February 24-28 in Seattle.

Conference-goers have an opportunity to build schedules tailored to their specific information needs with program tracks covering 11 areas of specialization. Several preconferences are also scheduled.

Special author events will include such keynote speakers as Anna Quindlen and Sherman Alexie, as well as E. Ethelbert Miller, Jayne Ann Krentz, J.A. Jance, Harlan Coben, Nancy Farmer, and narrator Dick Hill.

PLA @ your library

PLA began work in June on an advocacy campaign that will be launched at "PLA 2004." Working with PIO to develop tools and materials, the division will distribute a toolkit and associated materials designed to help public librarians create awareness and understanding of the value of their institutions. This is the first step of a larger advocacy program that PLA is developing in line with its new strategic plan.

Early Literacy Project

In collaboration with two ALA divisions-ALSC and ACRL-PLA has completed a study of the effectiveness of the joint Early Childhood Literacy Project. The study concludes that the use of research-based early literacy practices in public library programs for parents and caregivers produces substantial changes in the knowledge, skills, and behavior of participants. …

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