Conferences and Continuing Education

Image of PLA 2016 Conference attendees in the atrium lobby of the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colo.

We know that as the role of public libraries keeps expanding, staff must constantly adapt and absorb new responsibilities. How will they keep up? At PLA, we help keep public library professionals a step ahead through in-person and online continuing education opportunities. Our conference doesn’t just convene public library people, it welcomes them into meaningful partnership. And our continuing education opportunities don’t just improve public library services, they build public library leaders.

Professional Development Theory of Change
Professional development is at the heart of what we do at PLA. The Theory of Change rethinks how the public library field can approach—and PLA can support—professional development. We’re excited to introduce this new way of thinking about professional development later this year.

Conferences and Preconferences
Preconferences, educational programs, and special events at ALA Annual Conference and ALA Midwinter Meeting, as well as our biennial PLA Conference.

In-Person and Blended Learning
PLA's Dynamic Planning Institute, Leadership Academy, and the new Social Justice and Public Libraries symposium.

Online Learning
Learn online with PLA's live webinars, on-demand webinars, Public Library Service Response Workbooks, and PLA Facebook Forums.