PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/06/2012


Amy Sargent

Manager, Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024

CHICAGO - Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in Room 122-A/B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Unconference is intended to be an organic, spontaneous event. The afternoon's schedule will be built onsite with the input of attendees. They'll take an active role in creating, facilitating and joining discussions relevant to their libraries and communities.

"Public library staff from all over the country will have the opportunity beyond traditional conference programming to talk about issues that are important to them," said Sara Dallas, chair of the PLA 2012 Conference Program Subcommittee and director of the Southern Adirondack (N.Y.) Library System. "At the moment, e-books, publishers and digital rights management are very hot topics. The Unconference will allow us to talk about the issues, learn from each other and generate ideas to address the needs of our communities."

The Unconference will be moderated by Chrystie Hill, director of community services, WebJunction, and promises to be an exciting networking and learning event. It's just one of the nearly 200 educational opportunities at PLA 2012. Learn more and search programs by visiting

Offered biennially, PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The conference includes nearly 200 top-quality continuing education programs, engaging social events, networking opportunities and a bustling exhibits hall.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services