PLA at ALA Annual Conference

2017 ALA Annual Conference logoPLA at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

June 22–27, 2017
Chicago, Ill.

Find education and information dedicated to public library professionals at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Register now!

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Exclusively for PLA Members!

Valerie B. JarrettPLA Member Welcome Breakfast
Saturday, June 24, 8:30–10:00 AM
Ticket required

Join PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. 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, Valerie B. Jarrett, who was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. This event is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance. More…


Preconferences

The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders
Friday, June 23, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Separate registration required

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the critical role that libraries play in their communities following emergencies. Municipal officials now view libraries as local recovery centers and librarians as Information 1st Responders. The customized Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit equips librarians to deliver high-volume/high-quality support services while being inundated by large numbers of distressed people during confusing times. More…

Project Outcome Workshop: Simple Tools to Measure Our True Impact on the People We Serve
Friday, June 23, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Registration by application only

This in-person workshop will teach participants how to use PLA's Project Outcome to deploy outcome measures in their library, collect and use resulting data, and leverage the project's support network to ensure successful adoption. Participants will be a part of a cohort of public libraries interested in implementing Project Outcome to drive change, influence decision making, and demonstrate the true impact of their library's programs and services on the community. This full-day preconference is free, but registration is required and by application only. More…


Presidents' Program

Bernard (Bernie) BanksACRL & PLA Joint Presidents' Program
Saturday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 AM

Join ACRL President Irene Herold and PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. for a unique, joint Presidents' Program featuring leadership expert Bernard (Bernie) Banks, Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. This program will offer key leadership development for all levels of academic, research, and public librarians who are faced with complex problems. 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 23 9:00 AM–4:00 PM The Librarian's Disaster Preparedness and Community Resiliency Toolkit: Librarians Fulfilling Their Role as Information 1st Responders [SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED] McCormick Place West W178b
Project Outcome Workshop: Simple Tools to Measure Our True Impact on the People We Serve [BY APPLICATION ONLY] McCormick Place West W187
Saturday, June 24 8:30–10:00 AM PLA Member Welcome Breakfast Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand CD South, EF
10:30–11:30 AM ACRL & PLA Joint Presidents' Program Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand AB
Communities in Need, Let’s Work Together: Collective Impact as a Model of Collaboration McCormick Place West W179b
3:00–4:00 PM Bridging the Bilingual Divide: Best Practices for Bilingual and Multilingual Websites McCormick Place West W179b
Community Partnerships and Digital Literacy through Public Service Announcements McCormick Place West W175c
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Technical Services McCormick Place West W184bc
Rocking the Small Screen (Without Losing Your Mind): Planning and Managing Library Promotional Videos McCormick Place West W175a
4:30–5:30 PM From Middle Manager to Administrator: Leadership Lessons in Action McCormick Place West W184bc
Sunday, June 25 8:30–10:00 AM Better Service than Amazon and Nordstrom: Secrets to How It's Done McCormick Place West W180
Building Bridges: Using Research and Partnerships to Support Early Literacy in Diverse Communities McCormick Place West W175a
10:30–11:30 AM Community Driven: Transforming the Subject Librarian Model in Public Libraries McCormick Place West W175a
Learning by Failing: How to Plan System-wide Programming Collaboratively McCormick Place West W184a
Stay and Play: Create Open Library Spaces and STEM Material Collections for Play-Based Discovery Programming McCormick Place West W175c
1:00–2:30 PM Desegregating Public Libraries: The Tougaloo Nine McCormick Place West W184d
Outcome Measurement Made Easy: A Free Toolkit for Public Libraries McCormick Place West W175a
TechniGals: How to Get Girls Excited About Making & STEAM in the Library McCormick Place West W190a
Whole Person Librarianship: Libraries and Social Workers in Collaboration McCormick Place West W178a
3:00–4:00 PM Applying Racial Equity Analysis to Library Policies, Programs and Processes McCormick Place West W180
Floating: High Volume Low Stress McCormick Place West W181b
Trust & Transparency During Times of Rapid Change McCormick Place West W175c
4:30–5:30 PM Where are we going? Together! McCormick Place West W180
Monday, June 26 1:00–2:30 AM Asking for a Friend: Tough Questions (and Honest Answers) about Organizational Culture McCormick Place West W192
Is Your Library Committed to Family Engagement? McCormick Place West W180
4:30–5:30 PM Librarians Go to Juvie McCormick Place West W175a

Business Meetings

Date Time Meeting Location Room
Thursday, June 22 8:30 AM–4:00 PM PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Meeting McCormick Place West W176c
Friday, June 23 10:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA 2018 Conference Program Subcommittee Meeting [CLOSED] Radisson Blu Hotel Caspian
11:30 AM–2:00 PM PLA Library Support Organization (LSO) Meeting [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Pacific 1
1:00–2:30 PM PLA Leadership Development Committee Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Caribbean
PLAmetrics – Managing with Data Radisson Blu Hotel Aegean
Public Libraries Advisory Committee Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Pacific 2
2:00–4:00 PM PLA Digital Literacy Initiative Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Pacific 1
3:00–4:00 PM PLA Budget and Finance Committee Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Caribbean
Saturday, June 24 8:30–10:00 AM PLA LSO Partnership Map Workshop I [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Adriatic & Aegean
10:30–11:30 AM PLA Nominating Committee (2018) Meeting I [CLOSED] Radisson Blu Hotel Adriatic & Aegean
12:00–5:30 PM PLA Board of Directors Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Caspian
5:30–7:00 PM PLA Leadership Academy Networking Event [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Pacific Ballroom
Sunday, June 25 8:30–10:00 AM PLA LSO Partnership Map Workshop II [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Baltic & Bering
8:30–11:30 AM PLA All Committees Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Pacific 1 & 2
10:30–11:30 AM PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee Meeting McCormick Place West W470
1:00–2:30 PM PLA Award Jury Meeting [CLOSED] Radisson Blu Hotel Baltic & Bering
PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Session Radisson Blu Hotel Adriatic & Aegean
4:30–5:30 PM PLA Nominating Committee (2018) Meeting II [CLOSED] Radisson Blu Hotel Mediterranean Boardroom
Monday, June 26 8:30–10:00 AM PLA DigitalLearn.org Library Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Adriatic & Aegean
PLA Past Presidents Breakfast [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Baltic & Bering
10:00 AM–12:00 PM PLA 2018 Conference Committee Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Mediterranean Boardroom
10:00 AM–4:00 PM PLA Performance Measurement Task Force Meeting Radisson Blu Hotel Adriatic & Aegean
10:30–11:30 AM PLA Family Engagement Task Force Meeting Hyatt Regency McCormick Superior
11:30 AM–1:00 PM PLA Legacy Partner Meeting [INVITATION ONLY] Radisson Blu Hotel Baltic & Bering
Tuesday, June 27 8:00–10:00 AM PLA/RIPL Breakout Session (I) [INVITATION ONLY] McCormick Place West W471b
PLA/RIPL Meeting (I) [INVITATION ONLY] McCormick Place West W471a
11:30 AM–5:00 PM PLA/RIPL Breakout Session (II) [INVITATION ONLY] McCormick Place West W471b
PLA/RIPL Meeting (II) [INVITATION ONLY] McCormick Place West W471a