PLA Conferences and Continuing Education
Upcoming Conferences and Education Events
PLA at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 8–12, 2016
PLA business meetings and special events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
PLA 2016 Conference
April 5–9, 2016
Registration now open… and the Early Bird rate is available through January 22, 2016 for PLA and CAL personal members! 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 2014 Conference was March 11–15, 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind. Handouts for some sessions are still available.
- The PLA 2018 Conference will be March 20–24, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Other Conferences and Education Events
PLA Leadership Academy
Dates/location in 2017 TBD
The PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change and Building Community 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.
A variety of online learning opportunities, including webinars (both live and on-demand) and online courses, offered by PLA.
Results Boot Camp
Although Results Boot Camp has concluded for 2015, PLA is working on an exciting new opportunity for 2016 that builds on and goes beyond the Boot Camp experience..
Turning the Page
Public libraries now have two options for building 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; and Turning the Page Online is available for libraries interested in asynchronous learning. Both versions are free and presented by PLA with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.