For immediate release | September 9, 2011

Housing and registration for the PLA 2012 Conference are now open

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2012 Conference, March 13-17 in Philadelphia, are now open. For complete details, visit You do not need to be registered to reserve housing through PLA’s online Housing Bureau.

The PLA 2012 schedule is packed with education, inspiration and entertainment. Keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will welcome attendees at the Opening Session, while Betty White will send them off from the Closing Session. In between, more than 125 education programs, engaging author events, unique networking opportunities and a bustling exhibits floor will keep attendees busy. There will also be lots to explore around conference host city Philadelphia. Check out the array of official PLA tours offered!

For those interested in getting a head start, 11 preconferences on March 13 and 14 offer intensive, interactive learning opportunities. Separate registration is required.

Being a PLA member can save registrants up to $130 when they take advantage of the Early Bird rate before January 13, 2012. Not a member? Visit and join so you can save, too! Members of the Pennsylvania Library Association also qualify for the Early Bird rate. ALA members and nonmembers can take advantage of special advance registration rates before February 10, 2012. Find a complete list of PLA 2012 Conference rates here.

Offered biennially, the PLA 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.

For more information about other PLA events and programs, contact the PLA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit 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.


Amy Sargent