PLA to offer two preconference sessions at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/16/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 23, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present two preconference educational sessions focusing on disaster preparedness and measurement of program outcomes. Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is not required as part of these sessions.

The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders
Friday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the critical role that libraries play in their communities following emergencies. Municipal officials now view libraries as local recovery centers and librarians as “information first responders.” However, few librarians are prepared to assume the responsibilities associated with this new role with confidence. The customized Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit featured in this session can equip librarians to deliver high-volume/high-quality support services during emergency situations.

Early Bird Cost: $205 for PLA members, $255 for ALA members, $305 for non-members

Separate registration is required. You can register for this PLA Preconference by entering event code PLA2 on the conference registration website.

Project Outcome Workshop: Simple Tools to Measure Our True Impact on the People We Serve
Friday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This full full-day, in-person workshop will teach participants how to use PLA's Project Outcome to deploy outcome measures in their library, collect and use resulting data, and leverage the project's support network to ensure successful adoption. Participants will be a part of a cohort of public libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome to drive change, influence decision making, and demonstrate the true impact of their library's programs and services on the community. Lunch will be provided by PLA.

This preconference will be most beneficial to public library staff, but is open to state library staff and others interested in outcome measurement. Registration is available by application only. The application deadline is May 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (or until space is no longer available). Click here to apply.

Find registration and further information regarding PLA’s programming at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Save money with Early Bird Registration, open through noon Central on, Monday, March 22, 2017. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

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About the Public Library Association
PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, visit