Public Library Association

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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PLA special events feature best-selling adult, young adult, children’s authors

Speakers include David Baldacci, Ally Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, Jerry Pinkney

CHICAGO – A host of best-selling adult, young adult and children’s authors will speak at several special events during the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 2012 conference, held March 13 – 17 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Offered biennially, the PLA Conference offers more than 180 sessions focusing on such issues as e-books and other new technologies, digital access, budget cuts, advocacy, literacy and much more.

PLA award winners represent excellence in public libraries

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 12 2012 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

New scholarship opportunity for library student to attend PLA 2012

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a scholarship to one library school student to attend the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The scholarship covers conference registration, four nights hotel and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.

PLA offering video contest to win registration and travel to PLA 2012

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has just announced a new contest for one library professional to win his or her way to the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less) video telling PLA what they would hope to get out of attending PLA 2012. One winner will receive a free registration, four nights hotel and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.

PLA 2012 Virtual Conference to feature same quality programming offered at on-site conference in Philadelphia

CHICAGO - Registration for the PLA 2012 Virtual Conference is now open. On March 15-16, 2012, 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 Philadelphia.

Early bird registration for PLA 2012 ends this Friday

CHICAGO — There are only a few days left to take advantage of early bird savings on registration for the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia. The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Until then, PLA members and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) members receive a special price of $215 to join their colleagues for five days of public library education, networking and special events.

Get your questions answered during an Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® Facebook Forum

CHICAGO – At 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 18, the Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), will host a live, hour-long Facebook Forum with guest Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, on the Every Child Ready to Read Facebook page.

Online registration opens for second summer session of PLA’s free public library advocacy education program

CHICAGO — Registration has opened for the Aug. 8–Sept. 12 session of Turning the Page 2.0, a free, online advocacy training program, developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Turning the Page 2.0 will be offered three additional times through 2011 and 2012.