PLA Spring Symposium offers Certificates of Attendance

Contact: Louisa Worthington

Public Library Association



For Immediate Release

February 6, 2009

The Public Library Association (PLA) will provide Spring Symposium attendees with Certificates of Attendence. These certificates will include the name of the workshop attended as well as the number of hours the attendee spent in the program. Librarians can use these certificates to track continuing education “contact hours.”

The Spring Symposium is scheduled for April 2-4, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Nashville Convention Center. Advance registration closes Feb. 13.

The registration rate for PLA members and Tennessee Library Association members is $275. Registration for ALA members is $350; nonmember registration is $425. Those interested in attending the 2009 PLA Spring Symposium can register online now atÂ

The Spring Symposium will feature six intensive day-and-a-half-long workshops focused on subjects pertinent to public libraries and public librarians. Workshops include: Everyday Library Ethics: How the Right Thing is the Better Thing for Your Library and Community; Service Responses: Selecting and Implementing the Right Mix for Your Library; Silk Purses and Sow’s Ears? Assessing the Quality of Public Library Statistics and Making the Most of Them; Today’s Library: From the Inside Out; Libraries Connect in the 21st Century; and Current Issues: A PLA/CPLA Workshop. Workshops descriptions can be found online at

The Spring Symposium also offers participants the opportunity to network with their peers and enjoy social events, including the Opening General Session and reception with keynote speaker musician Tom Chapin, the Author Luncheon featuring writer Adriana Trigiani and several area library tours.

In addition, Turning the Page
: Building Your Library Community will be offered as a bonus workshop exclusively to PLA members. Developed by PLA with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Turning the Page is an advocacy training program designed to equip librarians and library supporters with the skills, confidence and resources they need to create community partnerships, build alliances with local and regional decision makers and ultimately increase funding for their libraries. This training is primarily only available to library systems participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Opportunity Online hardware grants program, but is being offered free of charge to 200 PLA members at the 2009 Spring Symposium. Space is limited; register now to take advantage of this opportunity.

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. For more information, visit