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PLA 2016 Be Extraordinary because extraordinary libraries
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Spark Talks

Share Your Passion

Thursday, April 7 & Friday, April 8
4:00–5:00 PM

Ready, Set, Go! You’ve got five minutes to ignite some new ideas. Using a combination of innovative slides and lightning-fast talk, share a personal passion inspired by your work and fire-up an audience of public library colleagues. The trick is to keep it short and sweet because if you go over five minutes, we’re using the big hook. Have an idea that you’ve wanted to shout out to the world? Can you talk fast and clear? The clock starts… NOW!

Spark Talk spots are limited, so the PLA Conference Program Subcommittee is collecting submissions online through 11:59 PM Eastern on March 18. Selections will be announced on March 25.

Daily Schedule

7:30 AM–5:00 PM Registration

9:00 AM–5:00 PM Full Day Preconferences

2:00–5:00 PM Half Day Preconferences

7:30 AM–5:00 PM Registration

9:00 AM–12:00 PM/1:00 PM Half Day Preconferences

9:30–10:30 AM Book Buzz

10:45–11:45 AM Make it Extraordinary!

2:00–3:30 PM
NEW TIME!
Opening Session with Anderson Cooper

3:30–6:30 PM
NEW TIME!
Exhibits Opening Reception

7:30 AM–5:30 PM Registration

8:15–9:15 AM Big Ideas with VERNĀ MYERS

9:30 AM–5:00 PM Exhibits

9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits Coffee Break

10:45–11:45 AM Programs

12:00–1:30 PM Adult Author Lunch

12:00–1:30 PM Children’s Author Lunch with Sherman Alexie

1:00–3:00 PM Career Fair

2:00–3:00 PM Programs

3:00–4:00 PM Exhibits Coffee Break

4:00–5:00 PM Programs

6:00–8:30 PM Audio Publishers Association Dinner

7:30 AM–4:00 PM Registration

8:15–9:15 AM Big Ideas with Sherry Turkle

9:30 AM–4:00 PM Exhibits

9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits Coffee Break

10:45 AM–3:15 PM Resume Review & Interview Coaching

10:45–11:45 AM Programs

12:00–1:30 PM Adult Author Lunch with Arianna Huffington

12:00–1:30 PM We Need Diverse Books YA Author Lunch

2:00–3:00 PM Programs

3:00–4:00 PM Exhibits Closing Reception

4:00–5:15 PM Speed Mentoring Event

4:00–5:00 PM Programs

5:30–7:00 PM
NEW TIME!
All Conference Reception

8:00–10:00 AM Registration

8:15–9:15 AM Big Ideas with Anand Giridharadas

9:30–10:30 AM Programs

10:45–11:45 AM Programs

12:00–1:00 PM Closing Session with Tig Notaro

Special Events

General Sessions

Admission to all general sessions is included with Full Conference registrations and Exhibits-Plus badges.
Single-Day registrants can attend all general sessions on the day for which they’ve registered.

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BOOK BUZZ

Wednesday, April 6, 9:30–10:30 AM

Stay tuned… we have an extraordinary Book Buzz in the works!

Kari Chapin

MAKE IT EXTRAORDINARY!

Wednesday, April 6, 10:45–11:45 AM

Join us at this new event and learn tips for making this your best conference ever! Kari Chapin will inspire and motivate you with her tangible tips to maximize your experience at PLA 2016. More »

Anderson Cooper

OPENING SESSION WITH ANDERSON COOPER

Wednesday, April 6, 2:00–3:30 PM NEW TIME!

Start off conference with Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, a nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines—keeping politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations. More »

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EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION

Wednesday, April 6, 3:30–6:30 PM NEW TIME!

Get a first look at the products and services offered by our exhibiting companies… and enjoy some food and drink while you’re at it.

Big Ideas with Vernā Myers

BIG IDEAS WITH VERNĀ MYERS

Thursday, April 7, 8:15–9:15 AM

Kick off PLA’s Big Ideas Series with Vernā Myers, who rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author, and cultural innovator. More »

Sherry Turkle (photo © by Peter Urban)

BIG IDEAS WITH SHERRY TURKLE

Friday, April 8, 8:15–9:15 AM

On Friday morning, our Big Ideas Series continues with Sherry Turkle, who has spent the last 30 years studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. More »

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EXHIBITS CLOSING RECEPTION

Friday, April 8, 3:00–4:00 PM

Take one last look around the exhibits and network with vendors and colleagues during this social reception.

Celebrants at the 2014 All Conference Reception

ALL CONFERENCE RECEPTION

Friday, April 8, 5:30–7:00 PM NEW TIME!

Meet and mingle (and dance!) with your fellow attendees at this fun conference celebration.

Anand Giridharadas

BIG IDEAS WITH ANAND GIRIDHARADAS

Saturday, April 9, 8:15–9:15 AM

On Saturday morning, our Big Ideas Series concludes with New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, to send you home from conference bursting with new knowledge! More »

Tig Notaro (photo © Scott McDermott HBO)

CLOSING SESSION WITH TIG NOTARO

Saturday, April 9, 12:00–1:00 PM

Wrap up PLA Conference in a big way with Tig Notaro! More »

Special Events: Author Events

Author Events

Take a break and enjoy a literary meal with renowned and award-winning authors.
Each author event requires a separately priced admission.

Nikki Giovanni

ADULT AUTHOR LUNCH WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI

Thursday, April 7, 12:00–1:30 PM

PLA welcomes legendary human rights activist and New York Times best-selling author Nikki Giovanni as an Adult Author Lunch speaker. More »

Sherman Alexie

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR LUNCH WITH SHERMAN ALEXIE

Thursday, April 7, 12:00–1:30 PM

With his children’s book, Thunderboy, Jr., coming in May, PLA is thrilled to welcome Sherman Alexie as our Children’s Author Lunch speaker! More »

APA Dinner Speakers

AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DINNER

Thursday, April 7, 6:00–8:30 PM

A PLA Conference favorite, be sure to register for this special evening of engaging authors, audio voices, and delicious food. More »

Arianna Huffington

ADULT AUTHOR LUNCH WITH ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

Friday, April 8, 12:00–1:30 PM

PLA is pleased to announce Arianna Huffington, the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fourteen books, as an Adult Author Lunch speaker. More »

We Need Diverse Books YA Author Lunch

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS YA AUTHOR LUNCH

Friday, April 8, 12:00–1:30 PM

PLA is partnering with We Need Diverse Books to bring a panel of YA authors to the conference. More »

Conference Exhibits

Find extraordinary products, ideas, and solutions for your library in the PLA Exhibits Hall.
Browse hundreds of booths and see the latest in publications, media, technology, equipment, services, and supplies.
See a list of who’s coming so far.

3:30–6:30 PM
NEW TIME!
Exhibits Opening Reception

9:30 AM Exhibits Open

9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits Hall Coffee Break

3:15–4:15 PM Exhibits Hall Coffee Break

5:00 PM Exhibits Close for the Day

9:30 AM Exhibits Open

9:30–10:45 AM Exhibits Hall Coffee Break

3:00–4:00 PM Exhibits Closing Reception

4:00 PM Exhibits Close

For questions about…

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 26, 2016, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 25, 2016. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours.

The PLA 2016 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.


Accessibility

PLA has put in place features to ensure the conference is accessible to all.

Advertising

Special print and electronic advertising opportunities are available to reach PLA members and attendees both before and during the conference.

Appropriate Conduct

All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events.

Conference Logo

The custom logos of the PLA 2016 Conference are the property of PLA. Anyone wishing to use the logos in their communications and promotional materials must: 1) Seek permission from PLA; and 2) Submit communication/artwork incorporating the logo to PLA for final approval. The logo may not be modified and must be reproduced in its entirety (i.e., no outlines, cropping). To request the use of the logo, companies should contact Carly DiVito at Corcoran Expositions at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com; all others should contact PLA at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Exhibits

Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.

Firearms

No carrying of firearms allowed in the Colorado Convention Center unless you’re on-duty law enforcement or off-duty and on payroll of the show or SMG (convention center management).

Hashtag

The official conference hashtag is #PLA2016.

Media

Contact Heather Cho, ALA Media Relations Specialist, 312-280-4020 or hcho@ala.org. Please review our conference media policy.

Membership

ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. To join, renew, rejoin, or add to your membership, fill out a secure form online; or print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at customerservice@ala.org or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

Registration & Housing

Conference registration and housing is managed by Experient. Call or e-mail your questions, 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada), 847-996-5829 (all other countries), or pla@experient-inc.com. Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Eastern.

Sponsorships

Contact Corcoran Expositions, Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650, mary@corcexpo.com; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655, matt@corcexpo.com.

Thank you PLA Conference Sponsors!

Venue

Most conference events will take place in the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.

Other Questions

Contact PLA, 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org; or find someone to help in the PLA Staff directory.