Time is running out to enroll in PLA disaster preparedness preconference!

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/11/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)


CHICAGO -- When a natural or man-made emergency strikes the community, will your library be prepared to provide information and support services to the public? Recent catastrophes have highlighted the critical role that libraries play in their communities following emergencies, and municipal officials are looking to libraries as local recovery centers and “information first responders.” However, few librarians are prepared to assume the responsibilities associated with this new role with confidence.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is here to help. PLA will offer a full-day (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) preconference on Friday, June 23, as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference programming. Time is running out to enroll in this highly important learning opportunity; the deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 19.

The preconference, titled The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders was designed with the following learning goals:

  1. Understand how to develop a strategy for dealing with the operational challenges that will arise while providing services to the public during and after a disaster;
  2. Set proper expectations with library staff, local officials, and emergency management personnel regarding how the crisis will unfold and what may be asked of them; and
  3. Become familiar with instructional materials in the guidebook and workbook, designed by emergency responders specially for librarians to help prepare for future disasters.

 The cost is $215 for PLA personal members, $265 for ALA personal members, $99 for student members, and $315 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

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

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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 www.pla.org