Public Libraries Advisory Committee – April–August 2019 Report

The group met 1 time this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Developed "job descriptions" for three columnists in Public Libraries. Selected three new editors: The Wired Library – Nick Tanzi; Best Practices- Krista Riggs; Perspectives – Laura O'Grady
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Organizational Excellence

Second Activity
Selected the themes for the 2020 volume year:

January/February – EDISJ
March/April – Reimagining Library Roles/Job Descriptions
May/June – Design Thinking/UX
July/August – Library as Third Space
Sept/Oct – Civic Engagement
November/December – Psychological Well-being Staff & Patrons
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Organizational Excellence

Third Activity
We discussed tweaks to
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Organizational Excellence

Fourth Activity
Unveiled the re-design of Public Libraries, it is now cleaner and more modern.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Developing a new rubric for the feature article contest.
Continuing to provide feedback for the website as requested.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
Not at this time.

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
Not at this time.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
Not at this time.

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No, Kathleen Hughes does an excellent job keeping us on track.

Submitted by mary rzepczynski on 08/26/2019