Making the Most of the PLA 2018 Conference: Ideas for Attendees and Non-Attendees

With over 100 top-quality education programs, a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest library products and services, and social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, the PLA 2018 Conference offers something for everyone in public libraries. This on-demand webinar will help attendees plan for getting the most out of their time in Philadelphia and show non-attendees how to get a taste of the PLA 2018 experience. Learn tips and tricks from PLA Conference pros to help focus your priorities, plan your schedule, and prepare for conference success.

Originally presented February 27, 2018.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Identify opportunities and best practices for developing new knowledge, skills, and connections at and around the PLA 2018 Conference;
  • Take advantage of tools and resources to prepare for conference and make effective use of learning opportunities; and
  • Explore strategies for post-conference de-briefing and following up on innovative ideas.

Additional Resources

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for public library workers, both those attending and not attending PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, with limited knowledge or experience with PLA Conference.


Kimberly KnightKimberly Knight is the Central Area manager with the Prince Georges County Memorial Library System in Maryland. She has served all ages in diverse settings from California to the Metro area of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Kimberly is an ALA Councilor-at-Large and is active on committees in ALA, PLA, Virginia Library Association, and the DC Library Association. Kimberly completed the ALA Leadership Institute in 2015, the PLA Leadership Academy in 2017, and is enrolled in the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrators Program. She has presented at VLA, ALA, and BCALA conferences, webinars, and has written for Public Libraries Online about librarianship, management, and leadership.

Juliane MorianJuliane Morian serves as the associate director/UX at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Michigan, and is responsible for the user experience across all branches and departments. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Information she began her career as a usability specialist. She parlayed her passion for the user experience into librarianship and public administration. Her set of skills include developing instruction for staff and public, consulting with vendors, and project management.



This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

To playback this archived webinar you should have either the latest version of Flash running on your computer, or use a browser with native HTML5 support. Please use the most up-to-date version available of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.

Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.


If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).