PLA at 2019 ALA Annual Conference
June 20–25, 2019
Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
PLA 2020 Conference
February 25–29, 2020
Get ready. The PLA Conference is heading to Nashville, February 25–29, 2020, to bring together the best minds in public libraries. An exceptional fusion of people and knowledge, the PLA Conference is where public library leaders are made. Join us in Nashville to do more than develop new skills and talk about how far our libraries have come—be a part of inventing what comes next.
Call for proposals now open! The PLA 2020 Conference will be an intentionally inclusive convening that highlights innovative work and ideas that address the core challenges facing public libraries and their communities today. Want to be a part of this inspiring event? Submit a proposal and share your idea for a preconference or program. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern.
Registration for the PLA 2020 Conference will open in fall 2019. Sign up to receive an email notification when registration opens.
Recent Conferences and Preconferences
Links to past events are provided here because handouts and/or archived recordings may be available.
PLA at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 25–29, 2019
PLA hosted a variety of meetings and other events at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits—including a full-day institute, Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Normalizing, Organizing, and Operationalizing, on Friday, January 25.
PLA 2018 Conference
March 20–24, 2018
Thanks to everyone who attended the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia! Handouts for some concurrent program sessions, if provided by the presenters, are available on the conference website. Join the PLA Conference Facebook group to stay connected with other attendees, ask questions, and share resources.
Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 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. Future PLA Conferences include:
- PLA 2020 Conference, February 25–29, 2020 in Nashville, TN
- PLA 2022 Conference, March 22–26, 2022 in Portland, OR