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PLA 2016 Photos

Extraordinary Exhibits

Congratulations to our prize winners!
And thanks to our participating exhibitors!

The Extraordinary Exhibits game was a photo scavenger hunt in the PLA 2016 mobile app. Players snapped and upload photos to complete a series of challenges and earn badges from our participating exhibitors. Players who earned all the badges were eligible for the prize drawing held at the Exhibits Closing Reception. Prizes included $100 and $200 American Express Gift Cards, an Apple TV, a bluetooth speaker, Bose noise cancelling headphones, an Apple Watch, a Tumi backpack, and an iPad Mini!

Prize-winner Katherine Eberline visits the Burgeon Group, LLC booth.

Prize-winner Katherine Eberline visits the Burgeon Group, LLC booth.

Prize-winner Rhonda Massie gets a product demo in the Crowley Company booth.

Prize-winner Rhonda Massie gets a product demo in the Crowley Company booth.

Prize-winner Amy Strohmer-Wood takes a selfie with the FaxScan24 Fax and Scan Service booth staff.

Prize-winner Amy Strohmer-Wood takes a selfie with the FaxScan24 Fax and Scan Service booth staff.


Prize-winner Marianne Malagon takes a selfie with Tim Hooge in the William S. Hein & Co., Inc. booth.

Prize-winner Marianne Malagon takes a selfie with Tim Hooge of William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

Prize-winner Amber Colley takes a selfie during a demo in the mk Solutions Inc. booth.

Prize-winner Amber Colley takes a selfie during a demo in the mk Solutions Inc. booth.

Prize-winner Elizabeth Albin takes a selfie with Trudie Thomas of PolicyMap.

Prize-winner Elizabeth Albin takes a selfie with Trudie Thomas of PolicyMap.


Prize-winner Melissa Salnave visits the Public Library Association – DigitalLearn booth.

Prize-winner Melissa Salnave visits the Public Library Association – DigitalLearn booth.

Prize-winner Jennifer Norton takes a selfie with the SirsiDynix booth staff.

Prize-winner Jennifer Norton takes a selfie with the SirsiDynix booth staff.

Prize-winner Casandria Crane takes a selfie with a Today’s Business Solutions simple scan station.

Prize-winner Casandria Crane takes a selfie at a Today’s Business Solutions simple scan station.

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–6:30 PM Registration

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

9:30–10:30 AM Book Buzz: Presented by Booklist

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 with Nikki Giovanni

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

5:30–7:30 PM Film Night

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.

Variety of books

BOOK BUZZ: PRESENTED BY BOOKLIST

Wednesday, April 6, 9:30–10:30 AM

Get the inside scoop on the best upcoming books for adults from a panel of premier publisher representatives. More »

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 »

2014 Exhibits Hall photo

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. More »

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 »

2014 Exhibits Hall photo

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. More »

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. More »

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, however registration for special author events is now closed.

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, located in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC), 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.
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

3:00–4:00 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.

Attire

There is no formal dress code at the PLA Conference. What’s most important is to dress for comfort.

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.

Mobile App

Attendees can access full event schedule, evaluate sessions, customize their own agenda, and compete in the Extraordinary Exhibits photo challenge game on the PLA 2016 mobile app. To request assistance with the mobile app, please e-mail pla2016app@ala.org.

PLA Office

The PLA Office is located in A Mezzanine in the Colorado Convention Center. You can access the A Mezzanine from any of the lobbies using Elevator A, across from registration, and press the MZ button to get to the Mezzanine. You can also access A Mezzanine from Exhibit Hall A using Stairwell 30. The office phone numbers are 303-228-8450 and 303-228-8451. Onsite office hours are Monday, April 4–Friday, April 8, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM; Saturday, April 9, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM.

Registration & Housing

Onsite registration hours are Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 AM–5:00 PM; Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 AM–6:30 PM; Thursday, April 7, 7:30 AM–5:30 PM; Friday, April 8, 7:30 AM–4:00 PM; and Saturday, April 9, 8:00–10:00 AM. 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. PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.

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!

Venues

Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC), 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Additional events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202, and other venues as indicated.

Other Questions

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