PLA 2024 Conference Program Subcommittee

Charge and Work

To work with the national conference committee and PLA staff to develop the programming for the national conference; to identify and develop program topics for the conference and pre- and post-conferences; to stimulate program development and implementation among members and membership units; to review and approve individual programs and program scheduling; to approve presenters and coordinators of individual programs; to recommend to the PLA board of directors for their approval pre- and post-conferences; to coordinate schedule and program with PLA staff; to act as liaisons to program organizers to facilitate high quality presentations.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Review all proposals for educational programming at PLA Conference (each reviewer will typically be assigned 100–150 proposals to review)
  • Identify key trends, issues, and challenges currently facing public libraries and ensure they are represented in educational programming at PLA Conference
  • Increase equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice at PLA Conference by selecting educational programming that represents diverse groups and points of view

Expected time commitment:

  • Review PLA Conference proposals (10–20 hours, from June to August 2021)
  • Attend virtual meetings (3–5 hours/year)
  • Review and respond to emails and ALA Connect messages (5–10 hours hours/year)
  • Attend orientation and provide assistance on-site at PLA Conference (3–5 hours plus travel time)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Familiarity with current issues and challenges facing public libraries
  • Expertise in one or more core areas of library services (e.g. Serving Adults, Serving Youth, Tech Services, Leadership, Technology, etc.)
  • Ability to represent and advocate for current professional development needs in the public library field

Roster

Candice (Wing-yee) Mack (Chair, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Angela Monique Bennett (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Erin J. Collier-Plummer (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. JAY DELA CRUZ (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Jeannie Dilger (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Rhonda K. Gould (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Brianna Hoffman (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Melissa K. R. Hozik (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Jessica Jupitus (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Heather Lowe (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Dr. Padma Polepeddi (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Tonya Ryals (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mary R. Hirsh (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Angela Maycock (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Megan C. Stewart (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)

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Composition

All PLA Committees are formed by action of the PLA Board of Directors, which is elected by PLA Members. In 2008, PLA's committees were restructured by a vote of the membership.

The PLA 2024 Conference Program Subcommittee consists of members appointed from the membership at large serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.

Origin

Established at the request of the PLA Board.

Get Involved

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  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
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Staff Liaison

Angela Maycock
Manager, Continuing Education
312-280-5024
amaycock@ala.org