PLA opens registration for 2020 Virtual Conference

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/08/2020


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering an alternative opportunity for public library workers who are unable to attend the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville, Tenn. PLA will present a condensed, live, online conference experience—the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference— February 27-28. The PLA Virtual Conference will consist of live programming, including five 60-minute-long programs each day, plus author interviews and opportunities for networking. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey.

The PLA 2020 Virtual Conference will include the following programs*:

  • Leading from the Middle
  • Part Playground, Part Laboratory: Building New Ideas at Your Library
  • Bringing Technology and Arts Programming to Senior Adults
  • Going Fearlessly Fine-Free
  • Decreasing Barriers to Library Use
  • Creating a Diverse, Patron-Driven Collection
  • Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle-Class Bias in Library Programming
  • Programming for All Abilities
  • Training Staff to Serve Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in the Suburbs
  • We're All Tech. Librarians Now

Individual and group registration options are available. Individual registration is $275 for PLA and Tennessee Library Association personal members, $330 for ALA personal members, $150 for full-time library school students and $385 for nonmembers. For $630, groups** may host the virtual conference for multiple attendees gathered in a single location. All registrants will have access to the Virtual Conference programming for one year after the event. Click here to learn more and register for the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference. Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends and library vendors from across the country and around the world. The PL 2020 Conference will be held March 25-29 in Nashville, Tenn. For complete details, visit the PLA Conference website. For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit

*Schedule is subject to change.
**For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathered in one room at one location to participate in the Virtual Conference. One group registration entitles your group to one login. This login may not be used on more than one computer.

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About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or