PLA Conferences and Continuing Education

Upcoming Conferences and Education Events

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 is now accepting proposals for programs and preconferences at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco. Find out how to submit a proposal!

Results Boot Camp
August 4–8, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

PLA's week-long intensive Results Boot Camp is designed to provide you with the management training and skills you didn’t get in library school.

Other Conferences and Education Events

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

The PLA 2012 Conference was held March 13–17, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pa.

2013 PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
Originally presented March 20, 2013, sessions from the 2013 PLA Virtual Spring Symposium are now available on-demand for individuals and groups. The 2011 Virtual Spring Symposium was presented on March 30, 2011.

Online Learning
A variety of online learning opportunities, including webinars and online courses, offered by PLA.

PLA Leadership Academy
In March 2013, PLA offered its first ever “PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change and Building Community.” The academy included a three-and-a-half day, in-person educational/networking event; a professional coach program with experienced public library leaders and city managers; online events that build on the in-person experience; and development of real-world projects to be implemented at attendees’ libraries.

CPLA Public Library Management Courses
PLA, an approved provider of Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) courses, presents two-day workshops designed to meet both the requirements for CPLA certification and the needs of library managers wanting to enhance their management skills.