Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 9,000 members, is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1944, PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Upcoming Conferences:

PLA at 2017 ALA Annual Conference
June 22-27, 2017
Chicago, IL
“Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. In Chicago, PLA is offering two preconference, a joint ACRL & PLA Presidents’ Program, and—exclusively for PLA members—the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast!”

PLA 2018 Conference
March 20-24, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
“PLA is heading to Philadelphia for the PLA 2018 Conference, and we want to make sure you’re coming, too! Visit the conference website for some preliminary information to get you started on planning and budgeting your trip. And join the PLA Conference Facebook group to connect with other attendees, ask questions, share resources, and receive updates. Interested in being a presenter at PLA Conference? Although the call for proposals for programs and preconferences has passed, it’s not too late… In the coming months you’ll have two additional opportunities to propose a talk at PLA 2018! Sign up to be notified when we begin accepting proposals for our popular Spark Talks, five-minute lightning-fast presentations to ignite new ideas in your public library colleagues; and for the How-To Festival, 20-minute hands-on sessions to share your “how-to” expertise.

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.”



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