WorldCat Identities

Public Library Association

Works: 838 works in 1,153 publications in 2 languages and 27,771 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Periodicals  Abstracts 
Roles: Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: Z678, 025.1974
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Public Library Association
Bare bones young adult services : tips for public library generalists by Renee J Vaillancourt( )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers librarians advice on working with young adults and coping with troublesome behavior, including guidelines for providing young adults with homework support, website evaluations, and reader advisory
Demonstrating results : using outcome measurement in your library by Rhea Joyce Rubin( )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"According to New Planning for Results trainer Rubin, outcome measurement lets libraries evaluate how they affect their users' quality of life. This latest addition to the PLA-sponsored Results Series uses familiar task breakdowns along with key terms in a step-by-step, service-oriented format so that readers can master the outcome measurement process as they enhance library programs using evaluation techniques." "Using the 14 step-by-step customizable workforms, libraries can gather and interpret statistically accurate data to demonstrate outcomes and attract funding. Applying these concepts in examples and in two running case studies - an Internet class for seniors and a tutoring program for teen mothers - brings the model to life. Six "tool kits" include tips on creating evaluations, coding data, and selecting a sample."--Jacket
Strategic planning for results by Sandra S Nelson( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sandra Nelson, senior editor of the Results series, focuses on the essential steps for drafting a results-driven, strategic planning process that libraries can complete over the course of four months, regardless of regardless of organizational structure or size. Reflecting on the current planning enviorment for public libraries, Nelson makes the case for strategic rather than long-term planning and includes a wealth of information about understanding an managing the change process to help staff"--Page 4 of cover
Managing facilities for results : optimizing space for services by Cheryl Bryan( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carving out new service areas within existing space offers a cost-effective solution for budget-conscious libraries. This new hands-on workbook guides library directors, staff, and boards through that process. Any library can embrace these practical, proven techniques for addressing its community<U+2019>s needs
Public libraries by American Library Association( )

in English and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Implementing for results : your strategic plan in action by Sandra S Nelson( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For nearly two decades, the Public Library Association's Results Series has been the definitive resource for practical everyday management. This latest addition to the series offers:# Tips to help determine which activities effectively support goals and objectives# Fourteen easy to follow tasks, presented in order# The tools needed for staff to prepare and effectively communicate change# All the necessary tools for reviewing current and potential library activities. After the time and effort spent developing your strategic plan, take the next step with this must-have book
Technology for results : developing service-based plans by Diane Mayo( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the latest entry in the Public Library Association's best-selling Results Series, Technology for Results will enhance the effectiveness of current library technologies and ensure that new investments support the library's mission." "Building from the proven process outlined in The New Planning for Results, this step-by-step guide helps librarians and administrators create an actual blueprint for results." "Professional librarian and library automation expert Diane Mayo shows librarians how to create a dynamic technology plan that will allocate resources to support library priorities and manage technology services based on community goals. And with the help of fourteen workforms, librarians can customize the planning process to sustain effective technology programs while expanding and adding where needed." "Technology for Results provides the must-have answers for addressing fast-changing technology issues while meeting the library's strategic objectives. No public library can afford to be without it."--Jacket
Human resources for results : the right person for the right job by Jeanne Goodrich( )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expanding on the highly effective PLA Results Series, Goodrich and Singer offer a strategic approach the human resources (HR) function in the Library. The book focuses on a variety of possible projects and how to staff them, allowing each library to decide where and when to focus its attention
The guide to basic cover letter writing by Steven Provenzano( )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents instructions for writing impressive and effective cover letters to accompany job resumes, and includes sample letters, as well as advice on conducting a job search, and applying for jobs in print and online
Staffing for results : a guide to working smarter by Diane Mayo( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents tools and instructions for public library managers to measure the productivity of their staff, assess performance, and use the results to redesign work processes
The new planning for results : a streamlined approach by Sandra S Nelson( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An all-in-one guide that outlines tested results driven planning process
Creating policies for results : from chaos to clarity by Sandra S Nelson( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering governance and organizational structure, management policies, and services relating to customers, circulation, information, and groups, this comprehensive how-to addresses each major library area. Follow these guidelines to: create sound and legally defensible policies; customize policies appropriate to your library's specific mission, customers, and size using proven work forms; serve customers more effectively by updating, clarifying, and communicating new and revised policies; address needs of a changing customer base; create guidance and contingency plans for emergencies; and add details and enforcement procedures for as many situations as possible."--Page 4 of cover
Managing for results : effective resource allocation for public libraries by Sandra S Nelson( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Managing for Results requires librarians to take a proactive approach to marshaling and managing all of the library's resources effectively. The key to successfully allocating resources is first knowing what you want to accomplish. Most of a library's resources are already allocated to some objective or another. However, Managing for Results helps you evaluate whether resources are being used to achieve the real objectives of the library in the community. This may mean reallocating resources to be sure that they are used to achieve the library's mission, serve the community, and give patrons what they need and want." "The workforms are designed to enable librarians to identify, collect, and analyze the information needed to correctly allocate resources for library activities. They include step-by-step processes to determine the number of professional staff needed, how to budget for library materials, the amount of space needed for programs, and the type and amount of software and hardware needed for the community served."--Jacket
Guide to Internet job searching by Margaret F Dikel( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to using the Internet in job searches that provides information on how to target the most interesting jobs in the most promising companies and apply for those jobs with confidence, online or on paper
Wired for the future : developing your library technology plan by Diane Mayo( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To help meet the challenge of using technology effectively, The Public Library Association offers a comprehensive and practical guide to preparing a technology plan. Wired for the Future aids in preparing a plan that positions the library to meet its objectives for the community, its staff, and its best future. Authors Mayo and Nelson provide the raw materials to build, implement, and evaluate a workable technology plan. All the necessary tools are provided to determine technology needs, identify technology options, select a technology infrastructure, and implement the plan. Reproducible workforms enable librarians to customize key steps to specific situations. Technotes explain various technologies and applications available to libraries."--Jacket
Output measures for public library service to children : a manual of standardized procedures by Virginia A Walter( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This manual has been designed as a practical guide to quantifying and measuring the results, or outputs, of public library service to children. The basic output measures presented are tailored to reflect library services to children (defined as persons 14 years old and younger) and their care givers. Six categories of measures are presented: (1) library use (children's library visits per child, building use by children, and furniture/equipment use by children); (2) materials use (circulation of children's materials per child, in-library use of children's materials per child, and turnover rate of children's materials); (3) materials availability (children's fill rate, homework fill rate, and picture book fill rate); (4) information services (children's information transactions per child and chldren's information transaction completion rate); (5) programming (children's program attendance per child); and (6) community relations (class visit rate, child care center contact rate, and annual number of community contacts). The first of three parts of the manual provides an overview of measurement and evaluation, basic information about statistics and data collection and analysis, and suggestions for managing the measurement effort in a particular library. The second part presents each output measure in detail, including the data elements needed and instructions for calculating the measure. The third part presents some techniques for collecting more subjective data, such as focus groups and user surveys, that may help to understand and interpret the quantitative output measure data. Copies of all of the blank forms needed are appended. (4 references) (BBM)
A planning process for public libraries by Vernon E Palmour( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This guide from the Public Libraries Association (pla) describes a planning process to be used by individual library systems to establish their own standards appropriate to local conditions and needs; design strategies to reach those needs; and inaugurate a planning cycle that involves continuous monitoring of progress and regular adjustment of objectives as community conditions and needs change. The introduction to the guide discusses the need for planning, the planning process, collecting and using data, and subsequent planning cycles. The first of three major sections then addresses preparing to plan, which includes the planning committee, tailoring the process to the library, information for planning, using the data, and presenting the data. Focusing on the planning process, the second section provides information on developing a community profile to determine user needs; assessing how well the library is currently meeting those needs; determining the role the library should play in the community; setting goals, objectives and priorities; developing strategies for change; implementation of the plan, including measuring activity and performance, and monitoring and evaluating progress; and the collection of management data. The third section addresses the collection and use of data, including secondary data for the community profile; statistics and performance measures for the evaluation of services; designing questionnaires, coding and processing the findings, and sample questionnaires for surveys of the library staff, citizens, students, and users; and processing the survey data. Four appendixes contain examples of library goals and objectives, sample forms and maps for the community profile, a set of sample tables for current library services, and sample tables for the analysis of survey responses. Twenty-seven figures and a 44-item selected bibliography are included. (Sd)
The Guide to basic resume writing by Public Library Association( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the first-time job seeker to those reentering the job market after an absence to those considering a career change, this comprehensive guide offers complete, easy-to-use guidelines for building a strong, effective resume. The only resume guide branded by the Public Library Association, this revised edition features all-new information on electronic resumes, the proper use of E-mail addresses and correspondence, and basic online job search strategies. It's a must-have for anyone seeking employment in today's demanding, highly competitive job market
The Right to read and the Nation's libraries by Public Library Association( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edited jointly by the Right to Read Committees of the American Association of School Librarians (aasl), Children's Services Division (csd), and Public Library Association (pla) of the American Library Association these papers outline the original aims of the Right to Read Program and demonstrate their translation into an effort to bring books and reading to illiterate adults and children throughout the country. The document is a source of inspiration and suggestions based on the experience of school and public librarians in their efforts to organize local Right to Read Programs. Suggestions as to publicity, the use of community advisors, the selection of materials, inservice and training for library staff, and outreach programs are contained in these papers. A source list of Right to Read materials and the position statements of the ala, aasl, csd, pla, and the International Reading Association are appended. (Kc)
Performance measures for public libraries by Ernest R De Prospo( Book )

5 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.12 (from 0.02 for Implementi ... to 1.00 for Why ALA/PL ...)

Managing facilities for results : optimizing space for services
Demonstrating results : using outcome measurement in your libraryStrategic planning for resultsManaging facilities for results : optimizing space for servicesImplementing for results : your strategic plan in actionTechnology for results : developing service-based plansHuman resources for results : the right person for the right jobThe guide to basic cover letter writingStaffing for results : a guide to working smarter
Alternative Names

controlled identityAmerican Library Association

controlled identityAmerican Library Association. Public Libraries Division

American library association Public library association


P.L.A. (Public Library Association)


PLA (Public Library Association)

Public library association. Etats-Unis

English (136)

Japanese (1)