For immediate release | November 22, 2011

Eleven preconferences offer in-depth public library education at PLA 2012

CHICAGO –Attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have the opportunity to get a head start on professional development before the conference is fully underway. On March 13 and 14, 11 preconferences for public library administrators, managers and staff will offer practical education in a focused and interactive environment. Several programs are a perfect fit for public library trustees as well. These intensive programs range in length from half day to a day and a half and feature knowledgeable, professional instructors. The preconferences include:

Half-day in length:

Full-day in length:

Day and a half in length:

Separate registration is required for all preconferences. Rates are available at

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world.

For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit 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.