PLA extends application deadline for 3M Leadership Institute

Contact: Angela Thullen

PLA, Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release,

October 30, 2007

PLA extends application deadline for 3M Leadership Institute

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) has extended the deadline for the 3M Leadership Institute during PLA 2008 to Nov. 16. Applications may be submitted through an online form available at PLA will notify applicants of their acceptance by the end of November.

Presented by PLA and 3M, a PLA partner, the Leadership Institute is a daylong preconference focused on developing leaders and encouraging change within the library profession. Participants will learn how to set a strategy for change, how to handle various challenges and what innovations will best implement, drive and define change. The preconference will be held on Tuesday, March 25, preceding PLA 2008, PLA's 12th National Conference in Minneapolis.

Costs to attend the Leadership Institute are covered by 3M, including registration fees for the day, conference supplies, transportation from the Minneapolis Convention Center to 3M's “Innovation Center,” lunch, snacks and an evening reception. PLA 2008 registration costs and travel expenses, such as airfare and hotel rooms, will not be covered by 3M and are the responsibility of the participant.

Offered biennially, PLA National 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. The conference includes more than 150 top-quality continuing education programs, preconferences, talk tables, several social events and networking opportunities and a bustling exhibits hall. PLA 2008 will be held March 25-29 in Minneapolis.

For more information about PLA 2008, visit the National Conference Web site, For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA's Web site at

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.