For immediate release | April 16, 2013

Learn the basics of digital media labs during PLA preconference at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – On Friday, June 28, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present the introductory preconference, “Digital Media Labs 101.”

Digital Media Labs are becoming a popular and creative way to engage both youths and adults at the library. They typically offer a range of hardware and software tools for video, audio and graphic design and help position libraries as incubators for creativity and archives for user-generated content. Preconference attendees will learn how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab to library administration, set up a space that fits any budget and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time.

The panel of instructors includes Anne Belden, Ela Area Public Library. Lake Zurich, Ill.; Alex Hoffman, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; Sara Sunshine Holloway, Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library; Mick Jacobsen, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Ryann Uden, Barrington Area (Ill.) Library; and Catherine Yanikoski, Fountaindale (Ill.) Public Library.

The “Digital Media Labs 101” preconference runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 28. It does require a separate registration; however, attendees do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference. Preconference registration cost is: $125 (PLA Member), $175 (ALA Member), $225 (Non-member). Register online and learn more about the rich array of programming and special events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, June 27-July 2.

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

Manager, Marketing

Public Library Association (PLA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.5024