PLA at ALA Annual Conference

2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition logoPLA at 2023 ALA Annual Conference

June 22–27, 2023
Chicago, IL

Registration is open! The 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, taking place June 22–27 in Chicago, brings together thousands of librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors. ALA Annual will focus on cutting-edge trends, resources, and creative solutions for libraries of all kinds.

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President's Program

PLA Coffee Catch-up with President McCauley
Saturday, June 24, 2023
8:30 AM–10:00 AM Central
Hilton Chicago, Continental A

Jean KwokJoin PLA President Dr. Maria McCauley to enjoy free coffee, learn about exciting opportunities from PLA, and hear from New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok. This is a great time to catch up with your public library peers and be entered for a chance to win a free PLA 2024 Conference registration! All PLA members are encouraged to attend. No ticket required, but please RSVP via this link.

Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Leftover Woman (coming October 10, 2023), Searching for Sylvie LeeGirl in Translation, and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Jean is trilingual—fluent in Dutch, Chinese, and English—and studied Latin for seven years. She divides her time between the Netherlands and New York City.


Preconferences require a separately paid ticket. You can include them with your initial 2023 ALA Annual Conference registration, or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation.

New Digital Tools for Capturing Learning Outcomes and Impact
Friday, June 23, 2023
9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Learn about and test a new IMLS-funded digital toolkit, designed to revolutionize the way librarians capture, assess, and report learning outcomes in hands-on programming. This preconference will share the design principle and process of this ongoing project, as well as the initial testing results. Participants will get a chance to try out the toolkit in real time and offer feedback to the design team.

Project Outcome: Data for Impact and Improvement
Friday, June 23, 2023
1:00 PM–4:00 PM

Are you interested in measuring learning outcomes to drive change, make data-informed decisions, and demonstrate the impact of programs and services at your library? Participate in this preconference to learn how to make the most of the free tools available from Project Outcome for public libraries.


Below is a list of programs to be offered by PLA at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference. Dates/times, descriptions, etc. are available in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler. A full schedule of PLA meetings, programs, and other events at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference is also available in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler.

Meetings &  Other Events

A full schedule of PLA meetings, programs, and other events at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference is also available in the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler.

Date Time Event Location
Friday, June 23, 2023 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA 2024 Conference Program Subcommittee Meeting Marriott Marquis, Silver Linden
Saturday, June 24, 2023 8:30 AM–10:00 AM PLA Coffee Catch-up with President McCauley [RSVP REQUIRED] Hilton Chicago, Continental A
12:00 PM–5:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting (PLA) Palmer House, Crystal Room
Sunday, June 25, 2023 8:30 AM–11:30 AM All Committees Meeting (PLA) Palmer House, Chicago Room
8:30 AM–11:30 AM Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment Committee Meeting (PLA) Palmer House, Price Room
Monday, June 26, 2023 8:30 AM–10:00 AM Past Presidents Breakfast (PLA) [BY INVITATION ONLY] Palmer House, Buckingham Room