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Virtual Conference

Thursday, March 22 & Friday, March 23

Be part of PLA 2018, even if you can’t be there in person!

PLA is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the PLA Conference, even if you can’t be there with us in Philadelphia. The PLA 2018 Virtual Conference will consist of live programming on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews and opportunities for networking. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey.

Live Programming

All times are Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, March 22

Time Session
8:45–9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
9:00–10:00 AM Great Expectations: Customer Service and the Future of Libraries
10:15–11:15 AM Eliminating Fines and Fees on Children’s Materials to Create a Win-Win for Your Library and Community
11:30 AM–12:30 PM A Cup of Conversation: The Living Room @ Your Library
12:30–1:45 PM Lunch Break with Author Interview (1:00–1:30 PM):
Guest TBA, interviewed by Brendan Dowling
1:45–2:45 PM Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan
3:00–4:00 PM Coach Your Team to Greatness
4:00 PM Daily Wrap-up

Friday, March 23

Time Session
8:45–9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
9:00–10:00 AM Millennials Take Over the Library
10:15–11:15 AM How to Adult: Teaching Life Skills to Teens
11:30 AM–12:30 PM Ditching Dewey: How to Make Searching Your Collection Engaging, Not Enraging
12:30–1:45 PM Lunch Break with Author Interview (1:00–1:30 PM):
Guest TBA, interviewed by Brendan Dowling
1:45–2:45 PM The Accidental Trainer: Teaching Technology in a Modern Public Library
3:00–4:00 PM Lost in the Library? Never Again with User Centered Design
4:00 PM Daily Wrap-up

Registration

Three Easy Ways to Register for the Virtual Conference

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BY MAIL



Mail your completed form with payment to:

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

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BY FAX



Fax your completed form to:

301-694-5124

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Questions or problems regarding your Virtual Conference registration? 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.

Rates & Deadline

Deadline to register for the PLA 2018 Virtual Conference is 5:30 PM Eastern on March 14, 2018. Want to take advantage of the PLA Personal Member discount but not a PLA Personal Member? Join today and receive over 30% off the nonmember individual registration rate!

Type Cost
Rec’d by 5:30 PM Eastern
on March 14, 2018
PLA Personal Members

PaLA Personal Members

$250
ALA Personal Members $305
Nonmembers $360
Student $125
Group* $605

Group Registration

*For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathered in one room at one location to participate in the Virtual Conference. One group registration entitles your group to one login. This login may not be used on more than one computer.

We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the Virtual Conference. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the Virtual Conference audio for the entire room. Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute the Virtual Conference. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for the Virtual Conference.

Accessibility

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in the Virtual Conference, please contact Steven Hofmann at shofmann@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5047 no later than 5:30 PM Eastern on February 28, 2018. Without notification of need by this date, we cannot attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Archived Programming

All Virtual Conference registrants will have access to archived Virtual Conference programming for one year after the event.

Continuing Education Credits

Although PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, we will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for the Virtual Conference, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.

Please note…

Cancellation Policy

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event—including the Virtual Conference—if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.

Attendee Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes for the Virtual Conference only will be accepted until February 28, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018.

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.

 

PLA thanks LibraryReads for its support of this event.

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Cancellation Policy

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.

Attendee 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.

Exhibitor Cancellation Policy

All booth space cancellation requests must be received in writing by Show Management (Corcoran Expositions). If space is reduced, the net reduction of space will be treated as a cancellation of that space. If Show Management receives a written request for cancellation of space on or before October 31, 2017, the exhibitor will be eligible for a refund less the nonrefundable deposit of $950 per 100 square feet of exhibit space. For cancellations received after October 31, 2017, exhibitors are liable for 100% of the cost of space.

Advertising

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

Exhibits

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

Media

Contact Macey Morales, Deputy Director, ALA Public Awareness Office, 312-280-4393 or mmorales@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.

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.

Sponsorships

To discuss PLA 2018 sponsorship opportunities, 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 2018 Conference Sponsors!

Other Questions

Many commonly asked questions are answered in our FAQ. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact PLA at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org. Or the PLA Staff directory may help you find just the right person to ask.


PLA 2016 Archive

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

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