Extensive programming for public librarians available at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/07/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)


CHICAGO -- With big-name speakers and diverse educational offerings, the Public Library Association (PLA) offers something for every public library worker in its programming at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, taking place June 21-26 in New Orleans, La.

To kick things off, PLA is partnering with the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) to present a full-day preconference workshop called AvramCamp, named in honor of library innovator Henriette D. AvramAvramCamp 2018 will provide an opportunity for female-identifying individuals who work with technology to connect with peers and discuss shared challenges. Participants will collectively examine barriers to success, salary negotiation, creating and maintaining inclusion, and more. Thanks to support from the event's sponsors, several $500 travel scholarships are available and applications are due by Thursday, May 17. Click here to learn more.

On Saturday, June 23, PLA will host a Member Welcome Breakfast featuring authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker. PLA President Pam Sandlian Smith will host the event, during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its 2018 Awards and Grants. The Breakfast will take place Saturday, June 23, 8:30 -10:00 a.m., in Grand Ballroom D of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Admission is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required. Click here to learn more.

From June 23 through June 25, PLA will offer a wide array of educational sessions aimed at public library workers. Among the 21 open sessions, the topics to be covered include the opioid crisis, cultural competence, digital literacy, and legal issues in public libraries. The PLA Board of Directors and numerous PLA committees, task forces, advisory groups, and working groups will also convene at the ALA Annual Conference.

Click here to see a list of PLA's activities at ALA Annual 2018.

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 10,000 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.