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Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

As library use increases, so does need for new technologies

CHICAGO - In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access. As our society continues to change the way it consumes information, public libraries have proven to be indispensable to their communities as they work to meet the needs of increasingly tech-savvy patrons.

PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

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.

Karen Danczak Lyons on value of PLA's 2012 Conference

CHICAGO – Next week, thousands of librarians and library professionals from across the country will gather in Philadelphia for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13 – 17.  In a video podcast, PLA Conference Chair and First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library Karen Danczak Lyons sits down to discuss why PLA 2012 will be the best ever.

New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

CHICAGO – The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather section.

The app is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Boopsie for Libraries and can be downloaded by visiting http://pla.boopsie.com on a mobile device.

Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference

CHICAGO – Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia.  Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.  Preservation Week is pleased to have Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author as its first national spokesperson.  Look for more information on Mr. Berry’s participation, including public service announcements on the Preservation Week website.
 

The PLA 2012 Career Center connects job seekers/providers and hosts a resume review clinic

CHICAGO – At the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference, a space in Exhibits Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be dedicated to a do-it-yourself Career Center. The PLA 2012 Career Center will provide opportunities for libraries to post available jobs; tables for libraries with open positions/recruiters to set-up shop; and private space for interviewing or meeting potential candidates. Tables will be first-come, first served, and sign-up sheets will be available for the private meeting spaces.

Author Liz Moore added to PLA 2012 Virtual Conference lineup

CHICAGO – From 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, author Liz Moore will join the Virtual Conference held in conjunction with the Public Library Association 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia.

Attend PLA's upcoming webinar and bring civility back into your community

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CDT on Mar. 28, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Implementing ‘Choose Civility,’ a Community-Wide Campaign” as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly webinar series.

Mikel, Pruett chosen to 'win a trip to PLA 2012'

CHICAGO – Two winners have been chosen in the ‘win a trip to PLA 2012’ contests that were recently sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA). Winners will receive free registration to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Pennsylvania, four nights hotel and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.

Tours at PLA 2012 help attendees explore Philadelphia

CHICAGO – Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2012 Conference, March 13-17, Philadelphia, should plan on building some time for exploration into their schedules. More than 10 tours  at PLA 2012 will take participants around Philadelphia—to historic landmarks, haunted corners, urban gems, libraries and more—and into the surrounding, beautiful country.

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