For immediate release | February 11, 2011

Registration now open for PLA’s Virtual Spring Symposium

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) will host a Virtual Spring Symposium from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST on March 30. This new online event will offer the premier professional education that PLA’s Spring Symposium is known for but,without travel costs, will be more affordable and convenient for attendees.

Moderated by Meg (Canada) Knodl, this full-day of public library education will offer a total of eight education programs across four program tracks—Technology and Youth Services tracks will run simultaneously in the morning, while Administration/Leadership and Adult Services tracks will run in the afternoon. For the full schedule, click here.

Individual registrants will be able to switch between simultaneous tracks to find what suits them best, while registered groups will be given a code that enables them to stream simultaneous tracks at the same time (on two computers) to help their team get the most out of the day.

Additional highlights of the day are a lunchtime interview with author Diane Ackerman ("A Natural History of the Senses," "The Zookeepers Wife"), and a closing session, “The Sustainable Library,” with George Needham and Joan Frye Williams.

Cost to attend PLA’s Virtual Spring Symposium is $125 (PLA Members), $155 (ALA Members) and $185 (Nonmembers). Group registration costs are as follows: $225 (one-three participants), $450 (four-nine participants) and $750 (10+ participants). Registration is available online with a credit card or via fax or mail with a PO, check, or credit card.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.