PLA Conferences and Continuing Education

Upcoming Conferences and Education Events

PLA Dynamic Planning Institute
October 5–7, 2016: in-person training
DC Public Library, Washington, D.C.
September 2016–November 2016: 3 months of personalized online learning

PLA’s new Dynamic Planning Institute will empower attendees with the knowledge and skills to create a dynamic strategic plan, in a timely manner, which will serve as a living document and create actionable pathways for decision making, community involvement, and funding priorities. The program combines a two-and-a-half day, in-person workshop with 3 months of personalized online learning.

PLA at 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 20–24, 2017
Atlanta, Ga.

PLA will host a variety of business meetings and special events at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, including a Midwinter Institute offering a full day of learning. Partnering with Law Enforcement to Advance Social Justice: A Train-the-Trainer Event for Public Libraries will take place Friday, January 20, 2017, from 8:30 AM–4:00 PM. Space is limited and registration is required. Learn more and register today!

PLA Leadership Academy
March 20–24, 2017
Portland, Ore.

Designed to empower participants with the knowledge necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change, the PLA Leadership Academy includes a three-and-a-half day, in-person educational/networking event; a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers; and development of real-world projects to be implemented at attendees’ libraries.

PLA 2018 Conference
March 20–24, 2018
Philadelphia, Pa.

PLA will open its call for proposals to present educational programs and preconferences for the PLA 2018 Conference in early 2017. Please sign up to be alerted when we are accepting proposals.

Other Conferences and Education Events

PLA 2016 Conference
April 5–9, 2016
Denver, Colo.
Thanks to the more than 8,000 public library professionals, exhibitors, speakers, and supporters who joined us in Denver and online for the PLA 2016 Conference! Visit the PLA 2016 website to relive the memories through photos, to download handouts, and to participate in the #PLA30Day Challenge. Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.

Online Learning
A variety of online learning opportunities, including webinars (both live and on-demand) and online courses, offered by PLA.

Turning the Page
Build advocacy skills and confidence through Turning the Page! A fully customizable advocacy training curriculum is now available through Turning the Page: Building Libraries, Strengthening Communities.