PLA at ALA Annual Conference

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Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, June 25–30, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. Advance Registration is open!

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Friday, June 26, 8:30 AM–3:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library

PLA President Larry Neal invites you to the San Francisco Public Library for a day of "BIG IDEAS." These are ideas and messages that can impact and empower the way you think, the way you act and the way you work. The thought-provoking day will feature speakers and activities around three areas—strategy, leadership, and creativity. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from experts outside the library world and network with your peers. A lunch and after-reception will be included in the day. More…

PLA Member Welcome Breakfast
Saturday, June 27, 8:30–10:00 AM
RSVP required

Join PLA President Larry Neal for an exclusive PLA members-only breakfast in San Francisco. The PLA Member Welcome Breakfast will include recognition of the 2015 PLA awards recipients, a special recognition of the Ferguson (Mo.) Public Library and its director Scott Bonner, and a special appearance by Al Roker, host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show. More…


Preconferences require a separate registration; however you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference itself to register for a preconference.

Designing the Future: A Design Thinking Toolkit
Friday, June 26, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

The challenges facing librarians are real, complex and varied. As such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with Chicago Public Library and Aarhus Public Library, IDEO created a toolkit for using design thinking to better understand library patrons. More…

Performance Measures Launch
Friday, June 26, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

At this preconference PLA will officially launch Project Outcome, its performance measures initiative, introducing participants to the project's survey instruments, data entry and analysis tools, as well as online training and support for libraries' implementation and advocacy efforts. Although registration for this preconference is now closed, PLA will offer additional opportunities for your library to participate later in 2015. Sign up to receive ongoing information about the project and be among the first to know about the next opportunity to be part of this exciting new PLA project.. More…

Safer at Work: Library Security for Everyone
Friday, June 26, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Security is everyone’s responsibility. Maybe your library already uses guards, off-duty police or its own security staff. That’s not enough in today’s environment. With everyone from rambunctious teens to “difficult” patrons to actual criminals coming through our doors, libraries have to involve everyone in the security process. More…

Educational Programs

A full list of PLA-sponsored programs will be available here after the ALA Scheduler opens in April. In the meantime, you can view a list of PLA-sponsored programs in the 2015 ALA Annual Conference preliminary program (click, then scroll down to the list of programs).

Business Meetings and Special Events

A full list of PLA meetings and special events will be available here after the ALA Scheduler opens in April.