PLA Conferences and Continuing Education

Upcoming Conferences and Education Events

PLA at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 30–February 3, 2015
Chicago, Ill.

Bundle Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration opens Oct. 1. Learn more about the full-day PLA Institute, “Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Our Distinctive Purpose” with presenter Valerie Gross, President & CEO of Howard County (Md.) Library System.

PLA Leadership Academy
March 2327, 2015
Charleston, S.C.
Apply by Sept. 30 for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change and Building Community. The academy is designed to empower participants with the knowledge necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. It 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.

Other Conferences and Education Events

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

PLA at ALA Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev.

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.

PLA 2014 Conference
March 11–15, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind.

The biennial PLA Conference holds a reputation for excellence as the largest conference devoted to public library professionals. The multi-day event offers nearly 200 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. Handouts for many sessions are still available.

Future PLA Conferences include:

  • PLA 2016 Conference | April 5–9, 2016 | Denver, Colo.

    PLA will begin accepting proposals for the PLA 2016 Conference in January 2015. Want a notice when the proposal period opens? Submit your name and e-mail address. Registration will open September 15, 2015.

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