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PLA holds its inaugural Dynamic Planning Institute, which delivers best practices in strategic planning for libraries with a unique focus on simple, low-cost planning. Participants learn how to create a dynamic strategic plan, in a timely manner, which will serve as a living document and create actionable pathways for decision making, community involvement and funding priorities.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes a $10 million investment in PLA. Over the next 10 years, these funds will allow PLA to create and scale new models of public library research, training, and practice, strengthen collaboration across organizations that support public libraries, support global connections between public libraries and library organizations, and sustain the success of existing Global Libraries programs.