PLA Conference

Thousands of public library professionals depart Indianapolis with innovative skills to expand the role of library service

CHICAGO – Humorist and author David Sedaris brought PLA 2014, the nation’s largest public library conference, to a laugh-filled close. Nearly 8,000 librarians, library workers, exhibitors and supporters participated in five days of programs that explored the changing role of public libraries. Sessions and events featured the nation’s leading innovators and professionals both within and outside of the library community.

ALA Store at PLA Conference in Indianapolis

CHICAGO Take time at PLA 2014 Conference to see what’s new at the ALA Store, located at booth # 1319 near the center of the exhibit hall. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:

Wednesday, March 12:                  4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 13:                       9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ann Patchett Book Hour, BIG IDEAS series, Spark Talks among additions at PLA 2014 Conference

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Conference is known for premier education, engaging author events, networking opportunities and bustling exhibits. This year there’s even more. The PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, Indianapolis, is brimming with new events and activities open to all attendees.

Librarians as change agents: PLA conference sessions to teach public librarians to 'Turn Outward'

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Public librarians are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will offer a series of sessions at the PLA 2014 Conference that will help librarians leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The PLA 2014 Conference will take place March 11-15 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Free Consulting Services available at PLA 2014

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up again to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the PLA 2014 Conference 12:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, in the Indiana Convention Center, Room 244-245.  

PLA 2014 Daily News preview issue now available

CHICAGO – In anticipation of the upcoming Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11-15, PLA has published a digital preview issue of its onsite conference newspaper, the “PLA Daily News.”

PLA 2014 Virtual Conference brings learning and networking to your desktop

CHICAGO — Registration for the PLA 2014 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 13-14, 2014, the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed, live and online PLA Conference with public librarians and public library workers who can’t make the trip to Indianapolis.

PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration extended to Jan. 17

CHICAGO – In recognition of the deep freeze and snow that overtook much of the U.S. this past week, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering the Chilly Bird Extension — a week-long extension of PLA 2014 Early Bird Registration. The new deadline is noon CT on Friday, Jan. 17.

Early Bird Registration is available to all PLA members as well as Indiana Library Federation (ILF) members. It offers a special price of $230 for a full five days of PLA 2014 Conference. That’s a savings of $120 over ALA members and $195 over nonmembers.

Early Bird promotion for PLA 2014 offers chance to win set of 16 signed books from Green, Pauley, Sedaris and others

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), with generous support from several publishers, has kicked off the Sweet 16 Early Bird Promotion for the PLA 2014 Conference, March 11-15, in Indianapolis. Individuals who register by the Early Bird deadline of Jan 10 will be automatically entered to win one set of 16 signed books from published PLA 2014 Special Event speakers. PLA has five sets of books to give away.

Fifteen preconferences offer a head start on learning at PLA 2014

CHICAGO – Before the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference gets underway in Indianapolis in March, eager learners can take advantage of in-depth, full and half-day preconferences on March 11 and 12.

Take a look and you’ll see there’s something for everyone!

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