Offered biennially, the Public Library Association (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. The Conference will take place March 20 - 24, 2018, in Philladelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Please note: PLA 2018 is a professional event. It is not open to the public. Those requesting media registration must be currently employed by a publication or news organization. Media interested in attending the conference may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Public Awareness Office at 312-280-4393, or firstname.lastname@example.org , to register for media credentials. Please review our conference media policy.
BIG IDEAS WITH ELIZABETH GILBERT
Thursday, March 22, 8:15–9:15 AM
Kick off PLA’s Big Ideas Series with bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love.
AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DINNER
Thursday, March 22, 6:30–8:30 PM
A PLA Conference favorite, be sure to register for this special evening of engaging authors, audio voices, and delicious food.
BIG IDEAS WITH STEVE PEMBERTON
Friday, March 23, 8:15–9:15 AM
On Friday morning, our Big Ideas Series continues with Steve Pemberton and his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.
AUTHOR LUNCH WITH MATT DE LA PEÑA & JACQUELINE WOODSON
Friday, March 23, 12:00–1:30 PM
PLA is pleased to welcome award-winning authors Matt de la Peña and Jacqueline Woodson as Author Lunch speakers.
CLOSING SESSION WITH HASAN MINHAJ
Saturday, March 24, 12:00–1:00 PM
Wrap up the PLA 2018 Conference in a big way with Hasan Minhaj! More »
About PLA 2018
Pennsylvania Convention Center
|Wed., March 21||7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., March 22||7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Fri., March 23||7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Sat., March 24||8 - 10 a.m.|