PLA at ALA Annual Conference

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June 22–27, 2017
Chicago, Ill.

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Register now!

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Exclusively for PLA Members!

Valerie B. JarrettPLA Member Welcome Breakfast
Saturday, June 24, 8:30–10:00 AM
Ticket required

Join PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. for an exclusive PLA members-only breakfast. We'll recognize the individuals and libraries that received PLA awards and acknowledgements this year. The event will also feature a special keynote speaker, Valerie B. Jarrett, who was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. This event is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance. More…


The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders
Friday, June 23, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Separate registration required

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the critical role that libraries play in their communities following emergencies. Municipal officials now view libraries as local recovery centers and librarians as Information 1st Responders. The customized Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit equips librarians to deliver high-volume/high-quality support services while being inundated by large numbers of distressed people during confusing times. More…

Project Outcome Workshop: Simple Tools to Measure Our True Impact on the People We Serve
Friday, June 23, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Registration by application only

This in-person workshop will teach participants how to use PLA's Project Outcome to deploy outcome measures in their library, collect and use resulting data, and leverage the project's support network to ensure successful adoption. Participants will be a part of a cohort of public libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome to drive change, influence decision making, and demonstrate the true impact of their library's programs and services on the community. This full-day preconference is free, but registration is required and by application only. More…

Presidents' Program

Bernard (Bernie) BanksACRL & PLA Joint Presidents' Program
Saturday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 AM

Join ACRL President Irene Herold and PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. for a unique, joint Presidents' Program featuring leadership expert Bernard (Bernie) Banks, Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. This program will offer key leadership development for all levels of academic, research, and public librarians who are faced with complex problems. More…

Programs and Special Events

Click a program or event title to view its description. Most open in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler, where you'll then be able to add the program to your schedule (login required) or download it to your calendar.

Date Time Program Location Room
Friday, June 23 9:00 AM–4:00 PM The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders [SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED] TBA TBA
Project Outcome Workshop: Simple Tools to Measure Our True Impact on the People We Serve [BY APPLICATION ONLY] TBA TBA
Saturday, June 24 8:30–10:00 AM PLA Member Welcome Breakfast TBA TBA
10:30–11:30 AM ACRL & PLA Joint Presidents' Program TBA TBA
Communities in Need, Let’s Work Together: Collective Impact as a Model of Collaboration TBA TBA
3:00–4:00 PM Bridging the Bilingual Divide: Best Practices for Bilingual and Multilingual Websites TBA TBA
Community Partnerships and Digital Literacy through Public Service Announcements TBA TBA
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Technical Services TBA TBA
Rocking the Small Screen (Without Losing Your Mind): Planning and Managing Library Promotional Videos TBA TBA
4:30–5:30 PM From Middle Manager to Administrator: Leadership Lessons in Action TBA TBA
Sunday, June 25 8:30–10:00 AM Better Service than Amazon and Nordstrom: Secrets to How It's Done TBA TBA
Building Bridges: Using Research and Partnerships to Support Early Literacy in Diverse Communities TBA TBA
10:30–11:30 AM Community Driven: Transforming the Subject Librarian Model in Public Libraries TBA TBA
Learning by Failing: How to Plan System-wide Programming Collaboratively TBA TBA
Stay and Play: Create Open Library Spaces and STEM Material Collections for Play-Based Discovery Programming TBA TBA
1:00–2:30 PM Outcome Measurement Made Easy: A Free Toolkit for Public Libraries TBA TBA
TechniGals: How to Get Girls Excited About Making & STEAM in the Library TBA TBA
Whole Person Librarianship: Libraries and Social Workers in Collaboration TBA TBA
3:00–4:00 PM Applying Racial Equity Analysis to Library Policies, Programs and Processes TBA TBA
Floating: High Volume Low Stress TBA TBA
Trust & Transparency During Times of Rapid Change TBA TBA
4:30–5:30 PM Where are we going? Together! TBA TBA
Monday, June 26 1:00–2:30 AM Asking for a Friend: Tough Questions (and Honest Answers) about Organizational Culture TBA TBA
Is Your Library Committed to Family Engagement? TBA TBA
4:30–5:30 PM Librarians Go to Juvie TBA TBA

Business Meetings

A full list of PLA meetings will be available soon.