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Registration

Registration is now open! Deadline for the Early Bird discount—available to PLA and Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) personal members only—is January 19, 2018. Everyone should register by February 23, 2018, to take advantage of Advanced registration discounts. Registration for preconferences and special author events is also open.

Conference registration is required to book housing, so reserve your room at the same time if registering online. Review our list of hotels.

Three Easy Ways to Register for PLA 2018!

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Register Online iconREGISTER ONLINE


Reserve your hotel at the same time!

Credit cards only.

Register by Mail iconREGISTER
BY MAIL


Mail your completed form with payment to:

PLA 2018/Experient
5202 Presidents Court, Ste. G100
Frederick, MD 21703

Register by Fax iconREGISTER
BY FAX


Fax your completed form to:
301-694-5124

Credit cards and purchase orders only.



Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.

Help us spread the word about PLA 2018 with web badge!

If you’re an exhibitor, please visit Exhibitor Registration and Housing.

Want to add a preconference or special author event?

It’s not too late to register for a preconference or special author event even if you’ve already registered for the conference. Just login to your existing registration, or contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries), to add additional events. Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.

Do you need to register multiple staff with a single payment?

If your organization needs to register multiple staff with a single purchase order, check, or credit card transaction, please mail or fax your registration forms and provide detailed information in cover letter.

Problems or questions regarding registration or housing?

Contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.

Full Conference Registration

Type Early Bird
Rec’d by Jan. 19, 2018
Advanced
Rec’d by Feb. 23, 2018
Onsite
Rec’d after Feb. 23, 2018
PLA Personal Members

PaLA Personal Members

$280 $325 $370
ALA Personal Members $415 $460
Nonmembers $560 $600
Students $150 $175

Want to take advantage of the Early Bird discount but not a PLA Personal Member? Join today and receive 50% off the nonmember advanced rate!

Single-Day Registration

Type Advanced
Rec’d by Feb. 23, 2018
Onsite
Rec’d after Feb. 23, 2018
PLA Personal Members

PaLA Personal Members

$245 $260
ALA Personal Members $320 $335
Nonmembers $395 $410
Students $85 $95

Preconference Registration

Type Full Day with Lunch Half Day
PLA Personal Members

PaLA Personal Members

$325 $195
ALA Personal Members $380 $250
Nonmembers $445 $305

Special Author Event Registration

Type Cost
Author Lunches $60
Audio Publishers Association Dinner $80

Exhibits-Plus and Exhibits-Only Badges

If you just want a taste of PLA 2018, purchase a special exhibits badge onsite.

Exhibits-Only Badge ($50): Entitles you to visit the exhibits any time they are open.

Exhibits-Plus Badge ($95): Entitles you to visit the exhibits any time they are open as well as to attend the Opening Session, the Big Idea Series, the All Conference Reception, and the Closing Session.

Exhibits-Only and Exhibits-Plus badges are available onsite only and cannot be purchased in advance. Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.

Membership

ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can 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.

Please note…

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

The PLA 2018 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.

Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in the PLA 2018 Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PLA’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

For questions about…

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

The PLA 2018 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.

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.

Canvassing

Canvassing of PLA Conference attendees during programs and at the conference venue (outside of the areas approved by PLA for exhibitors) is strictly prohibited. If this activity is encountered, violators will be directed to cease immediately. PLA provides many opportunities for representatives from for-profit and non-profit organizations to make conference attendees aware of their services and products. These include: exhibiting, advertising, sponsoring, and as approved by PLA, program planning. For information on participating in PLA Conferences and professional development events, contact the PLA office at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Conference Logo

The custom logos of the PLA 2018 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

Interested in exhibiting at PLA 2018? Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.

Hashtag

The official conference hashtag is #PLA2018.

Media

Contact Heather Cho, ALA Media Relations & Campaign 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. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can 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.

Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in the PLA 2018 Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PLA’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Sponsorships

To discuss PLA 2018 sponsorship opportunities, contact Corcoran Expositions, Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655, matt@corcexpo.com.

Registration & Housing

Problems or questions regarding registration or housing? Contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.

Venues

Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Additional events will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 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.


PLA 2016 Archive

Looking for handouts and other information from the PLA 2016 Conference, which took place April 5–9, 2016 in Denver, Colo.? The PLA 2016 Conference website has been archived at http://2016.placonference.org.

View the list of past PLA Conferences from 1983 to present.