Category Archives: Pacific Library Partnership

Future of Libraries: Expand Your Reach

Conference date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Registration is now open.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm (sign-in 8:30-9:00)

Location: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium at 100 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102

Conference fee: $30

Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

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Announcing Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program and the PLP Grant Replication Program for 2017-18

The PLP Executive Committee has authorized another round of the very popular and successful PLP Grants.  Below please find the grant announcement, application cover sheet, and two separate grant applications.  This year we will once again have two categories:  the Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grants and the Grant Replication Program.  Details are provided in the grant announcement.

These grants are available to all PLP libraries – both academic and public libraries.

All grant applications are due by Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Please contact Carol Frost with any questions about the Grant Program or PLP activities and initiatives.

Carol Frost:

PLP Grant Announcement

PLP Grant cover form

PLP Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Application

PLP Replication Grant Program

Registration is open for “Cracking the Codes: Libraries Promoting Racial Equity”

The 2017 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee is pleased to present two sessions of this workshop, which is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Tuesday, April 11 || 9am-1pm || $15
Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) 3600 Norbridge Ave
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Tuesday, April 25 || 9am-1pm || $15
King Library 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose
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Expanding Leadership and Management Perspectives Announcing a professional development program for middle managers!

What: An intensive, year long program for ten to twelve people focused on improving problem solving skills, understanding the big picture of the environment in which public libraries operate, and strengthening professional networks.

Whether you want to move up or are focused on being more effective in your current job, participation in this program will expand and improve your skills and performance as a member of a library management team.

Who: Managers that currently report to an executive (deputy/assistant director or library director) such as division managers, branch managers, unit or service level managers. More than one person from a member library may participate.

Why: You will be more effective and have more influence if you have a better understanding of the context in which the library operates. You will be better able to assist in leading and managing your library during this time of great change in libraries, local government and society.

How: Participants will meet monthly (meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday) for day long meetings rotated among the participants’ libraries. Each meeting will focus on a leadership or management topic such as developing influence, relationships with Friends and Foundations, managing change, operating in a political environment, measuring and evaluating service effectiveness, and project management.

Each participant will research and present a topic to the group for in-depth discussion; guest speakers and the program facilitator will provide additional perspectives on the topics. A tour of the host library and time for networking during a working lunch will be included.

Program facilitator:  Jane Light, formerly director of San Jose and Redwood City libraries and currently a library management coach and consultant.

 Cost to participate: $900. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.

To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by December 2, 2016 and send it to Jane Light, Program Coordinator, at  Call her at 650-533-0548 with questions or for more information.

Announcing a 2017 session of PLP’s successful professional development program for library executives

Are you fairly new in your current job and want to learn with and from peers and strengthen your network of local library leaders?

Have you been in your current job for a while and want an opportunity to refresh your network and broaden your problem-solving repertoire?

What:  A professional development program for 10-12 PLP library executives beginning early in 2017 that builds and deepens the problem solving skills and peer networks of participants in a confidential and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the most pressing issues you and your library are facing.

How: Library executives gather together monthly for a day long meeting that is planned and facilitated by the program coordinator, Jane Light. Participants commit to make attending meetings a priority and specifically to miss no more than 2 meetings. Only one executive (library director, assistant/deputy director or person designated second-in-charge) may participate from a member library.

At each meeting a participant presents a critical problem he or she is facing. In a structured manner, the problem is analyzed and discussed by participants with suggested approaches offered after full discussion of the issue. All participants agree to keep the issue and the discussion confidential. The presenter informs the group of his or her decision or action afterward. Over time, each participant will take a turn.

In addition, meetings feature a tour of the hosting library and a guest for a portion of the time that presents and discusses information or issues of particular interest. Guests have included a former city manager, a political consultant, and an HR director.  Books, articles and other resources of interest to the group are shared and presented for discussion. Participants may also lead a portion of a meeting on a specific topic of interest.

Meetings start at 9:30 and end at 3:30 and are rotated among the participating libraries. Refreshments and a working lunch will be provided.

Cost to participate: $1000. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.

Timeframe:    Meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday.

To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by Dec 2, 2016 and send it to Jane Light, Program Coordinator, at  Call her at 650-533-0548 with questions or for more information. If there are more applicants than spaces, members of the PLP Executive Committee will work with Light to select participants.