Programming Librarians Unite! Soon we will soon have our very own interest group within ALA — we just have one more hoop to jump through on Sunday at MW to make it a reality. We will be holding our first ever meeting in Philadelphia on Monday January 23rd at 11:30 am in the Networking Uncommons during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Everyone involved in public programming at their library is welcome to join us for this first discussion so mark your schedule.
The formation of the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) is being spearheaded by the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee of ALA, Here is the mission statement:
To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.
Erin Shea from Darien Library and I (Janie Hermann form Princeton Public Library) will lead the first meeting of the group. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to reach out to us for more information about how to join and future events.
Big shout out to Lauren Bradley who was instrumental in getting the mission statement and petition started for this project to happen. Thank you Lauren.