PLA 75th Anniversary Trivia Answers
Trivia question – 1/14/2020
Along with PLA, which two other organizations comprise the Global Libraries Legacy Partnership?
(A) The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) and the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE)
(B) The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington’s Information School and the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE)
(C) The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) and the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington’s Information School
(D) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE)
Correct answer: C. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously invested in IFLA, TASCHA, and PLA to ensure that libraries continue to serve as engines of development and are funded as essential community assets around the world.
Trivia question – 12/10/2019
Which of the following is a core organizational value of PLA as described in the association’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan?
(A) Integrity & Transparency
(B) Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
(C) Excellence & Innovation
(D) All of the Above
Correct answer: D. All three are among PLA’s five core organizational values, along with Member Focus and Visionary Leadership.
Trivia question – 11/12/2019
What is the name of PLA’s free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential services and programs?
(A) Project Impact
(B) Project Outcome
(C) Project Output
(D) Project Measurement
Correct answer: B. Project Outcome builds upon a 2013 initiative led by PLA Past-President Carolyn Anthony, who established a Performance Measurement Task Force to develop standardized measures of effectiveness for library services and promote training and implementation tools for using the data collected.
Trivia question – 10/8/2019
Each year PLA honors a public library or library professional with an award named after which of the following remarkable librarians?
(A) Gordon M. Conable
(B) John Iliff
(C) Allie Beth Martin
(D) All of the Above
Correct answer: D. All three of these librarians have a PLA Award named after them. The Gordon M. Conable Award recognizes an outstanding commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights; the John Iliff Award highlights the use of technology to improve library services; and the Allie Beth Martin Award recognizes extraordinary knowledge about books or other library materials. We also offer an annual award named after Charlie Robinson, which honors innovation and risk-taking by a public library director.
Trivia question – 9/11/2019
In what year was Public Libraries, the official journal of the Public Library Association, first published?
Correct answer: A. Public Libraries commenced publication in January, 1947. The journal’s first editor was Muriel E. Perry of Decatur (IL) Public Library.
Trivia question – 8/13/2019
What is the name of the advocacy training curriculum for public libraries, which PLA launched in 2007?
(A) Transforming our Image
(B) Raising our Voice
(C) Flipping the Script
(D) Turning the Page
Correct answer: D. Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities was originally developed by PLA in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The curriculum helped library leaders and staff build the knowledge and skills they need to raise funds and become better, more empowered advocates.
Trivia question – 7/9/2019
In what year, and in what city, did PLA hold its first national conference?
(A) 1981 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(B) 1982 – St. Louis, Missouri
(C) 1983 – Baltimore, Maryland
(D) 1984 – Indianapolis, Indiana
Correct answer: C. PLA’s first national conference was held March 23-26, 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland. Each of the other cities listed above hosted PLA’s national conference in subsequent years: Pittsburgh in 1988, St. Louis in 1986, and Indianapolis in 2014.
Trivia question – 6/11/2019
Who was the first president of the American Library Association’s Division of Public Libraries, which would later become the Public Library Association?
(A) Forrest Spaulding
(B) Amy Winslow
(C) Louis Nourse
(D) Helen Harris
Correct answer: B. Amy Winslow was named president of the Division of Public Libraries on October 13, 1944, and served in that role until 1946.