To help make your conference experience a great one!
PLA has put in place features to ensure the conference is accessible to all. These include, but are not limited to: captioning of the Opening Session, Closing Session, and Big Ideas Series; accessible sleeping rooms; ASL interpreters; and mobility assistance like scooters and wheelchairs. Please contact Melissa Faubel Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1, 2018, to reserve a scooter/wheelchair or to request an ASL interpreter.
An addendum to the onsite printed schedule, containing changes and updated information, will appear in the conference daily newspaper, the PLA Daily News. The PLA Daily News will be available Wednesday through Saturday throughout the convention center.
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. The statement includes contact information to report incidents of harassment.
Once again, we’re working on building a helpful and resourceful spot for job seekers, recruiting libraries, and advisors to connect at PLA Conference. The Career Center will have coordinated events at select times—including the Career Fair, Resume Review, Interview Coaching, Speed Mentoring, and career-related Crash Courses—but will remain open during conference hours to enable job posting or impromptu interviews.
CPLA Re-certification Hours
Are you a Certified Public Library Administrator®? Attend the full PLA 2018 Conference and receive 8 re-certification hours for the CPLA program.
Lost and Found
Articles may be turned in and reclaimed at the PLA Office in room 304 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Medical Emergencies/First Aid
A first-aid room, staffed by an EMT and supplied with over-the-counter medications (aspirin, etc.), is located in the Exhibits Hall.
While onsite, the PLA 2018 Conference mobile app is your primary source for conference information. Although a printed schedule will be available at registration, for detailed information—including session descriptions, presenters, evaluations, and more—please refer to the mobile app.
Mothers’ Room/Lactation Suites
For your convenience and privacy, a Mothers’ Room will be located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The convention center also offers two portable “Mamava” lactation suites for nursing mothers to breast feed infants or to use breast pumps in privacy. The units are self-contained, mobile pods with comfortable benches, an electrical outlet, and a door that can be locked for privacy. One is positioned near the Concierge Desk on the convention center’s second level between Halls A and B, and a second unit is located on the street level on the Broad and Arch Concourse.
The PLA Office will be located in room 304 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Office hours will be:
Tuesday, March 20, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday, March 22, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday, March 23, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday, March 24, 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
Virtual Event Bag
Coming in March! Before, during, and after the conference, the Virtual Event Bag will be online and in the mobile app offering local Philadelphia deals and discounts for attendees.
Share your excitement about the PLA 2018 Conference with web badges for your e-mail signature, your website or blog, and Facebook your cover photo. Be sure to link the badge to www.placonference.org whenever possible.
Conference WiFi will be available throughout the convention center. Instructions for connecting will be provided onsite.
Conference registrants may also access the Internet via desktop computers located on the bridge coming from registration to Halls A, B, and C.