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

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change and Building Community! 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 at 2017 ALA Annual Conference
June 22–27, 2017
Chicago, Ill.

PLA is now accepting proposals for educational programs and preconferences showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The application deadline is 11:59 PM Central on September 14, 2016. Find out how you can submit a proposal!

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.

Other PLA Conferences:

  • The PLA 2018 Conference will be March 20–24, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa.

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.