Results Boot Camp: An Immersion Program

boot camp logoResults Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs

August 24–28, 2015
Nashville Public Library
Nashville, Tennessee

Here's what previous participants in PLA Results Boot Camp had to say:

“I was engaged, learning, and excited throughout the training. I learned some very practical things that I can use long term in my library.”

“It was worth every penny! The best thing I have done for my career and my library.”

“This was by far a more effective learning opportunity and more professionally inspiring event than any other conference I have attended.”

Get your library in strategic shape and prepare to meet any challenge with the intensive and interactive PLA Boot Camp program led by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia. This popular public library course offers four and a half days of management training built around dynamic individual and group activities.

Sandra and June will lead participants through an engaging and challenging curriculum that emphasizes the roles of innovation, risk, and change in public library management; the impact of trends on local service priorities; the value of data-based decision-making; and the skills to effectively allocate resources.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the four and a half day workshop, participants will know how to:

  • Create a library environment that supports risk and innovation
  • Understand and respond to ongoing changes in the external environment
  • Develop goals and objectives that reflect local service priorities
  • Identify and select effective activities that respond to service priorities
  • Identify current staff workload and skills and determine the requirements to accomplish your selected activities
  • Allocate collection, technology, and facilities resources to support library activities

Who Should Attend

The Boot Camp program is recommended for any public library staff involved in the creation and implementation of the library’s strategic plan and service delivery, including, but not exclusive to: directors, managers, supervisors, department heads, and program coordinators.

Application Information

Due to an unprecedented number of applicants, the PLA Results Boot Camp is currently full. All wait list applicants will be notified about their status on August 10, 2015.

The application will allow reviewers to evaluate relevant information, such as:

  • Whether or not applicant’s library already has/is developing a strategic plan
  • Applicant’s position in the library
  • Applicant’s intent to use information from the program

Program Details   


Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, Tenn.  37219


Day, Date Times Event
Monday, August 24–Thursday, August 27 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshop
12:00–1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00–5:00 PM Workshop
Friday, August 28 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshop
12:00 PM Dismissal


Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.

Member Category Fee
PLA Member $825
ALA Member $925
Nonmember $1,025

Hotel and Travel

Hotel and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendees. Here is a list of hotels closest to the Nashville Public Library.


Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks will be provided on all days. These are included in the registration fee.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are the responsibility of the registrant.

Cancelations and Refunds

Written cancelations and requests for refunds will be accepted by the PLA Office until June 26, 2015 and are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Refunds will be processed after August 28, 2015. No refund requests will be accepted after June 26, 2015.

Cancelation of Event

This conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration, or for other reasons, 30 days in advance of the event. PLA will refund any registration charges; however neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancelation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to any cancelations. 

Questions? Please contact Lian Sze, Program Coordinator, at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5021.