PLA 2008 offers wide selection of preconference options

Contact: Louisa Worthington

Public Library Association

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2007

PLA 2008 offers wide selection of preconference options

CHICAGO – PLA 2008, the 12th National Conference of the Public Library Association (PLA), will offer a wide selection of preconferences designed to inform public library staff and administrators on topics and issues relevant to their jobs. All-day and half-day preconferences will be offered March 25 and 26, 2008, allowing conference attendees the opportunity to intensively address issues important to their public libraries. Preconferences to be offered include:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

  • Beginner’s Guide to Serving Teens, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Spaces, Family Places: Developing Interactive Early Literacy Environments in Your Library, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cultural Programs for Libraries: Linking Libraries, Communities, and Culture, 8:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m.
  • Guys Read: Make Noise with Boys Book Discussions, 8:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m.
  • Spanish Language Outreach, 8:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m.
  • Romance Readers Advisory 101, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Where Readers Go Books Follow: The Future of Audio Materials in Public Libraries, 2:00 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

  • Bridging the Divide: Libraries Transform Communities, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Grants for Libraries, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • HR for Results, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Telling Tales for Early Literacy, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Who Said Management Can’t be Fun, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For detailed preconference descriptions, or to register for a preconference or full registration, visit A special early bird rate is available for PLA members and members of the Minnesota Library Association who register before January 18, 2008. All other advance registrations must be received by February 29, 2008.

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 100 top-quality continuing education programs, preconferences, talk tables, several social events, networking opportunities and a bustling exhibits hall. PLA 2008, the PLA 12th National Conference, will be held March 25-29, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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 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.