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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PLA BIG IDEAS @ ALA Annual
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

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 LaunchSOLD OUT!
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…


Educational Programs

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

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Business Meetings and Special Events

Click a meeting to open it in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler. You'll then be able to add the meeting to your schedule (login required) or download it to your calendar.

Date Time Meeting Location Room
Friday, June 26 10:30–11:30 AM PLA Budget and Finance Committee Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco Pacific Suite E
1:00–2:30 PM Public Libraries Advisory Committee Hilton San Francisco Union Square Union Square 13
1:00–3:00 PM PLAMetrics – Managing with Data Moscone Convention Center 130 (North Building)
Saturday, June 27 10:30–11:30 AM PLA EBSCO Excellence in Small &/or Rural Public Library Service Award Jury Meeting [CLOSED] Marriott Marquis San Francisco Sierra Suite G
1:00–5:30 PM PLA Board of Directors Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco Sierra Suite F
5:00–7:00 PM PLA Reception [INVITATION ONLY] Marriott Marquis San Francisco Sierra Suite I
Sunday, June 28 8:30–11:30 AM PLA All Committees Meeting InterContinental San Francisco Sutter
10:30–11:30 AM PLA Leadership Development Committee Meeting InterContinental San Francisco Fremont
3:00–4:00 PM PLDS Statistical Report Advisory Committee Meeting Moscone Convention Center 222 (South Building)
3:00–4:00 PM PLA Legislation and Advocacy Committee Meeting InterContinental San Francisco Howard
4:30–6:00 PM OCLC Celebrate and Connect: Geek the Library and Turning the Page Moscone Convention Center 121 (North Building)
Monday, June 29 8:30–10:00 AM PLA 2016 Conference Committee Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco Pacific Suite E
8:30–10:00 AM PLA Past Presidents Breakfast [INVITATION ONLY] Moscone Convention Center 228 (South Building)
10:00–11:30 AM ALA/PLA Advocacy Convening Moscone Convention Center 226 (South Building)
10:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA Performance Measurement Task Force Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco Pacific Suite A
10:00 AM–5:00 PM PLA 2016 Conference Program Subcommittee Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco Pacific Suite B