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!

Ann Patchett (photo by Heidi Ross)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 guest speaker, Ann Patchett, courtesy of HarperCollins. 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…


Preconference

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. More…


Programs and Special Events

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

Date Time Program Location Room
Friday, June 21 9:00 AM–3:30 PM Librarians and Social Workers: Partnerships that Work for Connecting People in Need [SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED] Walter E. Washington Convention Center 103A
Saturday, June 22 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Member Welcome Breakfast [TICKET REQUIRED] Marriott Marquis Washington DC Marquis Ballroom Salon 1–5
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Food for Thought: Nourishing the Mind and Body at Public Libraries Walter E. Washington Convention Center 145B
Preservation Week 101 Walter E. Washington Convention Center 150B
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Empowering Digital Citizens: Public Programming to Fight Fake News Walter E. Washington Convention Center 144B–C
PLAmetrics – Managing with Data Grand Hyatt Washington Timber Creek AB
Tracking Your Career Development Pathway with PLA’s Professional Development Theory of Change (News You Can Use) TBA TBA
2:30 PM–3:30 PM Confidently Negotiating Political and Financial Support for your Library Walter E. Washington Convention Center 152A
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Code for America and Your Public Library: How to Harness the Awesome Power of the Collective Will Walter E. Washington Convention Center 144B–C
Establishing a Culture of Civility in the Library Workplace Walter E. Washington Convention Center 146A
5:30 PM–7:00 PM PLA Leadership Reception [INVITATION ONLY] Grand Hyatt Washington Penn Quarter AB
Sunday, June 23 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Past Presidents Breakfast [INVITATION ONLY] Grand Hyatt Washington Banneker
9:00 AM–10:00 AM Data Pathways (News You Can Use) TBA TBA
Ensuring Everyone Counts (and is Counted) in the 2020 Census Walter E. Washington Convention Center 145B
Performance Acceleration: A 21st Century Evidence-Based Approach to Managing Employees Walter E. Washington Convention Center 144B–C
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Co-Creating Library/Social Services Partnerships:  A Statewide Collaboration Walter E. Washington Convention Center 149A–B
Ready, Set, Bank @ Your Public Library Walter E. Washington Convention Center 152B
11:30 AM–12:30 PM PLA Legal Issues in Public Libraries Forum Marriott Marquis Washington DC Cherry Blossom
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Building Equity From the Ground Up Walter E. Washington Convention Center 144B–C
Social Workers in Public Libraries: Lessons Learned Walter E. Washington Convention Center 152B
2:30 PM–3:30 PM Going Deskless: Moving from Fort Reference to Point-of-Need Service Walter E. Washington Convention Center 150A
Public Libraries, Data, and Evaluation: Tools You Can Use (News You Can Use) Walter E. Washington Convention Center 151B
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Creating a Community Profile to Learn More about Your Current and Potential Patrons Walter E. Washington Convention Center 150A
The Digital Literacy Frontier: From Broadband Access to Skill Development (News You Can Use) Walter E. Washington Convention Center 151B
What Makes a Successful Conference Proposal? Tips from PLA Experts Walter E. Washington Convention Center 152B
Monday, June 24 7:30 AM–8:15 AM PLA Breakfast for Public Library Councilors [INVITATION ONLY] Marriott Marquis Washington DC Salon 12
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Safer Libraries: Building Staff Resiliency and Library Safety Branch by Branch Walter E. Washington Convention Center 149A–B
2:30 PM–3:30 PM Advocating for Health at Your Library: Equity Starts with Us (News You Can Use) TBA TBA
Libraries and the Opioid Epidemic: Community-based Responses Walter E. Washington Convention Center 149A–B
4:00 PM–5:00 PM XR (Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality) Programming in Libraries Walter E. Washington Convention Center 145B

Business Meetings

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 21 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Budget and Finance Committee Meeting Walter E. Washington Convention Center 304
10:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA 2020 Conference Program Subcommittee Meeting [CLOSED] Grand Hyatt Washington Timber Creek A
1:00 PM–2:30 PM Public Libraries Advisory Committee Meeting Grand Hyatt Washington Timber Creek B
3:00 PM–4:00 PM PLA Nominating Committee (2020) Meeting [CLOSED] Grand Hyatt Washington Lincoln Boardroom
Saturday, June 22 12:00 PM–5:00 PM PLA Board of Directors Meeting Grand Hyatt Washington Banneker
4:00 PM–5:30 PM PLA Digital Literacy Committee Meeting I Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel Meeting Room 07
Sunday, June 23 8:30 AM–11:30 AM PLA All Committees Meeting Walter E. Washington Convention Center 201
PLA Web Content Working Group [8:30 AM–10:00 AM]
PLA Technology Committee Meeting [10:00 AM–11:30 AM]
8:30 AM–12:30 PM PLA Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment Committee Meeting Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel Meeting Room 10 & 11
1:00 PM–2:30 PM PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Meeting Walter E. Washington Convention Center 304
3:30 PM–5:00 PM ALA 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force Meeting Marriott Marquis Washington DC Judiciary Square
Monday, June 24 9:00 AM–4:00 PM PLDS Review Meeting Grand Hyatt Washington Lincoln Boardroom
10:00 AM–12:00 PM PLA 2020 Conference Committee Meeting Grand Hyatt Washington Banneker
10:30 AM–12:00 PM PLA Family Engagement Task Force Meeting II Walter E. Washington Convention Center 305