PLA Conferences and Continuing Education
Upcoming Conferences and Education Events
Results Boot Camp
August 24–28, 2015
PLA's week-long intensive Results Boot Camp is designed to provide you with the management training and skills to build a strong and successful library strategy. Now accepting applications.
PLA 2016 Conference
April 5–9, 2016
Plan ahead for PLA 2016! 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. Registration opens September 15, 2015.
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.
PLA at ALA Annual Conference
June 23–28, 2016
Interested in being a presenter for PLA at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.? The proposal period is now open, and proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM Central on September 14, 2015.
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.
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 the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.