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Challenge yourself at #PLA2016 to
PLA 2016 Be Extraordinary because extraordinary libraries
create extraordinary communities.

Win a trip to PLA 2016!

How will you Be Extraordinary?

Video clip iconCreate a 60-second video telling us about you, your library, and most importantly, why you want to attend the PLA 2016 Conference and how it will help you to BE EXTRAORDINARY. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference. Both public library professionals and library students are welcome to submit videos.

The deadline to submit a video is 4:30 PM Central, Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The top six videos (determined by PLA) will be posted to the PLA Facebook Page for voting beginning Friday, November 13, 2015. Voting closes at 12:00 PM Central on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The winners will be announced later that day.

Some Guidelines:

  • Videos should be a maximum length of 60 seconds. Accepted file types are MP4, WMV, MOV no larger than 100 MB.
  • Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling, and creative video statements.
  • If your library submits the video, only one person from the library can receive the prize.
  • If you’ve already registered for PLA 2016, you’re still eligible! We’ll simply credit your registration costs.

Submit a video now

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

10:30–11:30 AM Special Event

2:30–4:00 PM Opening Session

4:00–6:30 PM 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

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

10:45–11:45 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

4:00–5:00 PM Programs

5:00–6:30 PM All Conference Reception

8:00–10:00 AM Registration

8:15–9:15 AM Big Ideas Session

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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Wednesday, April 6, 10:30–11:30 AM

Stay tuned… we have something extraordinary in the works!

Anderson Cooper


Wednesday, April 6, 2:30–4:00 PM

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 »

Exhibits Opening Crowd Photo


Wednesday, April 6, 4:00–6:30 PM

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


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)


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 »

Exhibits Closing Crowd Photo


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.

All Conference Reception Entertainment (from a previous conference)


Friday, April 8, 5:00–6:30 PM

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

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Saturday, April 9, 8:15–9:15 AM

One last BIG idea to send you home from conference bursting with new knowledge! So be sure to join us Saturday morning for an extraordinary, all-attendee session.

Tig Notaro (photo © Scott McDermott HBO)


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.

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Thursday, April 7, 12:00–1:30 PM

Stay tuned… we have an extraordinary Adult Author to announce!

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Thursday, April 7, 12:00–1:30 PM

Stay tuned… we have an extraordinary Children’s Author to announce!

APA Dinner Speakers


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


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


Friday, April 8, 12:00–1:30 PM

PLA is pleased to partner 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.

4:00–6:30 PM 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

3:15–4:00 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.

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.


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


Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, 312-541-0567 or


The official conference hashtag is #PLA2016.


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

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


Contact Corcoran Expositions, Mary Michalik at 312-265-9650,; or Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655,


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; or find someone to help in the PLA Staff directory.