PLA 2010 Virtual Conference to feature live programming, author interviews

Contact: Amy Sargent

Public Library Association


For Immediate Release

March 8, 2010

CHICAGO - The final slate of programs for the PLA 2010 Virtual Conference is now confirmed. On March 25-26, 2010 the Public Library Association (PLA) will share a condensed live and online PLA 13th National Conference with public librarians and public library workers who can’t make the trip to Portland.

The Virtual Conference will include many familiar elements of the live conference, including high-quality educational programming, poster sessions and networking opportunities with colleagues. Each day will feature five live programs – the same programs available to in-person conference attendees. In addition, on each day,
Booklist editor Donna Seaman will interview notable authors on “Inside the Author’s Studio.” Thursday’s author is Mary Roach, author of “Stiff” and “Spook,” and Friday’s author is Debra Gwartney, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and author of “Live Through This.”

The Virtual Conference programs include:

  • If You Didn't Work Here, Would You Come Here?
  • Cross-Over Advisory: Adult Books for Teens and Teen Books for Adults
  • LITA's Top Technology Trends
  • Marketing as Conversation: How to Interact with Your Community Through Your Website
  • S.Y.A.S.S. Save Your After School Sanity
  • Cracking the Code: Beyond Dewey: Words vs. Numbers
  • Adrift or Right on Target: Perspectives on Floating Collections
  • Advanced Black Belt Librarians: The Top Ten Security Issues in Public Libraries \
  • Books: The Top Five of the Top Five
  • Shortcuts to Greatness or 10 Things That Great Libraries Know and Maybe You Don't

The complete schedule as well as detailed program information can be found at

PLA is offering both individual registrations and group rates for the Virtual Conference. The group rate allow a single location to host the virtual conference for multiple attendees. Cost is determined by number of attendees. Individuals who register to attend PLA 2010 in Portland will automatically receive access to the Virtual Conference as part of their registration. Register for the PLA 2008 Virtual Conference at Registration closes on Friday March 19, 2010.

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 nearly 200 top-quality continuing education programs, preconferences, talk tables, several social events, networking opportunities, and a bustling exhibits hall. PLA 2010, will be held March 23-27, 2010 in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit