Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.
The PLA Conference is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.
Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.
PLA thanks the members of the 2018 Conference Committees. Without the hard work of such dedicated professionals, much of what we do would not be possible.
2018 Conference Committee
Conference Committee Chair
Richard Kong, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Conference Program Subcommittee Chair
Aurora Martinez, Morley Library, Painesville, Ohio
Conference Local Arrangements Subcommittee Chair
Siobhan A. Reardon, Free Library of Philadelphia, Pa.
Conference Committee Members
Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.
Pam Sandlian Smith, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, Colo.
Felton Thomas, Jr., Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library
2018 Conference Program Subcommittee
The 2018 Conference Program Subcommittee is a critical part of conference planning. Chaired by Aurora Martinez, this hard-working group reviews and approves the educational line-up. This two-year committee includes:
Jonelle Prether Darr
Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Lorain (Ohio) Public Library System
Toby Greenwalt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Martha M. Hutzel, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Va.
Theresa A. Jehlik, Omaha (Neb.) Public Library
Michelle M. Jeske, Denver (Colo.) Public Library
Joy Kim, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.
Kevin A. R. King, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library
Kimberly Bray Knight, DC Public Library, Palisades Branch, Washington, D.C.
Robin Lesher, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, Pa.
Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, Mich.