Over 150 programs to be offered

Contact: Kathleen Hughes, PLA Communications Manager


312-280-4028

khughes@ala.org

For Immediate Release


August 2003

Over 150 programs to be offered at PLA National Conference, February 24-28

Over 150 continuing education programs and talk tables will be offered during the Public Library Association’s (PLA) 10th National Conference, “PLA 2004,” to be held February 24-28, 2004, in Seattle.

Utilizing PLA’s educational track system, conference-goers will be able to build schedules tailored to their specific information needs.
Program tracks cover 11 areas of specialization: author/reader’s advisory, buildings, collections/tech services, diversity, management, marketing/customer service, partnerships, staffing/staff development, technology, virtual service and youth services. Talk Tables on myriad subjects also are planned for each time slot.
Preconference programs on Intellectual Freedom, Customer Service in a Multicultural Community, Reader’s Advisory, Technology, Effective Fundraising Strategies and Emergent Literacy are scheduled to be held immediately preceding the conference.

In addition to these continuing education programs, the conference will feature nearly 800 exhibit booths and a number of special exhibits events including an opening reception and coffee breaks scheduled throughout the conference.

A number of special author events are scheduled for the conference including:

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Preconference Luncheon (Tuesday, February 24, at noon) featuring E. Ethelbert Miller

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Opening General Session (Wednesday, February 25, at 2 p.m.) featuring Anna Quindlen

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Seattle Supper Social (Thursday, February 26, at 6 p.m.) featuring novelist Jayne Ann Krentz and J.A. Jance, and narrator Dick Hill (cosponsored by the Audio Publishers Association)

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Author Luncheons (Thursday and Friday at noon) featuring Harlan Coben (support provided by Dutton/Penguin Group for this event), Nancy Farmer (support provided by Simon & Schuster for this event) and more to be announced

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Closing Session (Saturday, February 28, at 11:45 a.m.) featuring Sherman Alexie

The conference also will feature several social events, including a New Member Orientation/Reception scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, at 6 p.m., and a ala all-conference reception (support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this event) slated for Friday evening of the conference.

Local arrangements information and continuously updated conference information is available on the
PLA Web page . PLA members will receive registration information via regular mail by early September 2003. Conference registration also will be available at
www.pla.org beginning September 1, 2003. To become a member, be placed on a National Conference mailing list, or for more ¡information, call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association.