PLA at ALA Annual Conference

2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition logoPLA at 2018 ALA Annual Conference

June 21–26, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference. Register now!

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Exclusively for PLA Members!

PLA Member Welcome Breakfast
Saturday, June 23, 8:30–10:00 AM
Complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance

Join PLA President Pam Sandlian Smith for an exclusive PLA members-only breakfast. We'll recognize the individuals and libraries that received PLA awards and acknowledgments this year. These award winners demonstrate the best in public library service, innovation, and outreach. The event will also feature a conversation with our special keynote speakers, Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker. More…


Preconference

AvramCamp
Friday, June 22, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Separate registration required

Women in the technology field face numerous challenges in their day-to-day work. That’s why PLA is partnering with the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) to present AvramCamp, named in honor of library innovator Henriette D. Avram. AvramCamp 2018 will provide an opportunity for female-identifying individuals who work with technology to connect with peers and discuss shared challenges. Participants will collectively examine barriers to success, salary negotiation, creating and maintaining inclusion, and more. Learn more, including how to register for this preconference, in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler.


Programs and Special Events

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Date Time Program Location Room
Friday, June 22 9:00 AM–3:30 PM AvramCamp [SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED] Off Site Off Site
1:00 PM–2:30 PM PLAmetrics – Managing with Data Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 213
Saturday, June 23 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Member Welcome Breakfast [TICKET REQUIRED] Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand D
9:00 AM–10:00 AM Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders in Africa Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 284
PLA’s DigitalLearn: New Course Topics, New Partnerships, and New Ways to Engage Your Community Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 343
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 391
Introducing InterCEPT: A groundbreaking web experience that helps customers discover, attend, and respond to your library programs Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 298
Project Outcome: Three-Year Data Reflection & Future Activities Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 343
Stronger Together: Public-Private Partnerships for Digital Literacy Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 388–389
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Compassionate Service: Promoting Dignity for Marginalized Patrons Through a Holistic Approach Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 388–389
4:00 PM–5:00 PM We Welcome You to Welcome Everyone: Serving Immigrants in Public Libraries Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 295
5:30 PM–7:00 PM PLA Leadership Reception [INVITATION ONLY] Hilton New Orleans Riverside Marlborough
Sunday, June 24 9:00 AM–10:00 AM Impact of Embedded Digital Inclusion Champions Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 295
Richland Library’s InterCEPT Project - An Open Source Events Calendar and Room Reservation System Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 344
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Our Do-It-Yourself Approach to Learning Online Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 283
11:30 AM–12:30 PM PLA Legal Issues in Public Libraries Forum New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Blaine Kern D
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Cultural Competence & Collaborative Conversations: A Path to Providing Equitable Services for Multicultural Patrons Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 286–287
Public Libraries: Leading Communities in Family Engagement Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 392
2:30 PM–3:30 PM Supporting Diversity Through Social Media and What To Do When This is Challenged Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 395–396
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Teen Internships: Building a Future Library Workforce Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 393
Monday, June 25 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Past Presidents Breakfast [INVITATION ONLY] New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Julia
9:00 AM–10:00 AM On the Ground, Online & Operative: Perceptions & Effectiveness of Public Library Staff Professional Development Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 284
1:00 PM–2:00 PM The Opioid Epidemic: How Can My Library Help? Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 286–287
Update on Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 343
2:30 PM–3:30 PM Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 343
Lessons Learned from the 2017 Eclipse: What Participation in Charismatic Events Can Do For YOUR Library Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 395–396
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Family Engagement Initiative: Resources for Encouraging Families to be Active in their Children’s Learning and Development Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 344

Business Meetings

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Date Time Meeting Location Room
Friday, June 22 9:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA Leadership Model Discussion [CLOSED] Off Site Off Site
9:30 AM–10:30 AM PLA Budget and Finance Committee Meeting Hilton New Orleans Riverside Warwick
1:00 PM–2:30 PM Public Libraries Advisory Committee Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 205
2:30 PM–3:30 PM PLA Planning Meeting [CLOSED] New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Fulton
Saturday, June 23 10:30 AM–11:30 AM PLA Nominating Committee (2019) Meeting I [CLOSED] New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Creole Queen
12:00 PM–5:00 PM PLA Board of Directors Meeting Hilton New Orleans Riverside Kabacoff Room, Riverside Building
Sunday, June 24 8:30 AM–11:30 AM PLA All Committees Meeting New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center River Bend Ballroom
PLA Technology Committee Meeting [10:30 AM–11:30 AM]
10:30 AM–12:30 PM PLA/RIPL Meeting [CLOSED] Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 348–349
1:00 PM–2:30 PM PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Meeting New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Cotton Blossom Boardroom
4:00 PM–5:00 PM ALA 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 333
4:30 PM–5:30 PM PLA Nominating Committee (2019) Meeting II [CLOSED] New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Creole Queen
Monday, June 25 9:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment Committee Meeting New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Blaine Kern D
10:00 AM–12:00 PM PLA 2018 Conference Committee and Conference Program Subcommittee Meeting New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Blaine Kern C
10:30 AM–12:00 PM PLA Family Engagement Task Force Meeting Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 340
2:30 PM–3:30 PM PLA Planning Meeting [CLOSED] New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center Cotton Blossom Boardroom