Twelve preconference educational sessions offered at PLA 2018

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/10/2017

Contact:

Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

ldeutsch@ala.org

CHICAGO--Attendees will have twelve preconference educational opportunities to choose from at the Public LIbrary Association's (PLA) 2018 Conference. The 2018 Conference will be held March 20-24 in the heart of downtown Philadelphia with most events taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A mixture of half-day and full-day sessions are available, with all preconferences taking place Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21. Special pricing is offered for PLA and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA), as well as American Library Association (ALA) personal members. See the table below for a list of the preconference sessions. Each preconference requires a separate registration. Click the title of each session for details.

 

Preconference Session Title

Date/Time

Fee Information

Dynamic Planning Institute

Tues., Mar. 20, 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$325 for PLA & PaLA members; $380 for ALA personal members; $445 for nonmembers (includes lunch)

Literacy is Power and Libraries Provide the Fuel: The Movement that is PA Forward

Tues., Mar. 20, 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$325 for PLA & PaLA members; $380 for ALA personal members; $445 for nonmembers (includes lunch)

Project Outcome Training Workshop: Tools for Measuring Patron Outcomes

Tues., Mar. 20, 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Free, but registration is required and space is limited.

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Tues., Mar. 20, 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$325 for PLA & PaLA members; $380 for ALA personal members; $445 for nonmembers (includes lunch). Stipends available to offset attendance costs -- applications due 11/19.

Understanding Identity, Power, Oppression + Liberation: A Justice + Equity Training

Tues., Mar. 20, 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$325 for PLA & PaLA members; $380 for ALA personal members; $445 for nonmembers (includes lunch)

A Social Worker Walks Into a Library: Bringing Social Work Services into Your Public Library

Tues., Mar. 20, 
2 - 5 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

From A to T: Serving Transgender Customers

Tues., Mar. 20, 
2 - 5 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

When Design Meets Service: What Global Library Trends Show Us About Future Library Spaces

Tues., Mar. 20, 
2 - 5 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

Breaking the Code: An Escape Room Challenge for School and Public Library Collaborations

Wed., Mar. 21, 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

Customer Privacy in a Multi-Vendor World

Wed., Mar. 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

New Trends and Solutions for Making Libraries Welcoming Spaces for All

Wed., Mar. 21, 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

Transformation Not Trend: Dismantling Institutional Racism in Public Libraries

Wed., Mar. 21, 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$195 for PLA & PaLA members; $250 for ALA personal members; $305 for nonmembers

 

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. 

About PLA
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, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or pla@ala.org.