PLA at ALA Annual Conference

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition logoPLA at 2019 ALA Annual Conference

June 20–25, 2019
Washington, DC

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. Register now!

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Exclusively for PLA Members!

PLA Member Welcome Breakfast
Saturday, June 22, 8:30–10:00 AM
Complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance

Join PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne 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, to be announced. Please note this is a ticketed event. To register, you can include it with your initial ALA Annual Conference registration or add it later using the unique link in your email confirmation. Tickets will be required and space is limited. More…


Librarians and Social Workers: Partnerships that Work for Connecting People in Need
Friday, June 21, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Separate registration required

Libraries increasingly find themselves on the front lines of addressing growing needs around homelessness, immigration, incarceration, opioid use, aging, and more in our communities. Over the past 10 years, many public libraries have turned to social workers to help them respond to these and other life challenges our community members are facing. Libraries that cannot afford to hire a dedicated social worker can partner with community agencies to develop library social service programs. This PLA session highlights best practices, particularly in the realm of community partnerships, and provides resources to better equip libraries to serve patrons experiencing life challenges. Cosponsored by ODLOS and YALSA. Learn more, including how to register for this preconference, in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler.

Programs and Special Events

A preliminary schedule of PLA programs and special events at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference is available in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler.

Business Meetings

A schedule of PLA meetings at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference will be available soon.