Conference Schedule

This multi-day event will offer top-quality education programs, inspirational and entertaining speakers, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.

More than 120 programs—including full- and half-day preconferences—will highlight innovative work and ideas that address the core challenges facing public libraries and their communities today. Search programs by title, keyword, or the speaker's last name, and browse by session date or learning format. And download a copy of the Preliminary Program (PDF) to share with your colleagues or supervisor.

Conference At-a-Glance

Schedule is subject to change. ($) indicates events requiring a separate registration or ticket.

Day, Date Time Event
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:30 AM–5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM–5:00 PM Full-Day Preconferences ($)
2:00 PM–5:00 PM Half-Day Preconferences ($)
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Civil Rights Center & Votes for Women Center Tour ($)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:30 AM–6:30 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM–1:00 PM Day in the Community ($) – SOLD OUT
9:00 AM–1:30 PM Library Branch Tour ($) – SOLD OUT
9:00 AM–12:00 PM Half-Day Preconferences ($)
9:30 AM–10:30 AM Book Buzz: Presented by Booklist
10:45 AM–11:45 AM From Takeaways to Taking Action: Getting the Most from PLA 2020
11:00 AM–12:30 PM Tour the Main Library of Nashville Public Library ($)
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Opening Session with Stacey Abrams
3:30 PM–6:30 PM Exhibits Opening Reception
Thursday, February 27, 2020 7:00 AM–8:00 AM Children's-Author Breakfast ($) – SOLD OUT
7:30 AM–5:30 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM–9:00 AM Big Ideas with Dr. Bettina Love
9:00 AM–5:00 PM Exhibits Open
9:00 AM–10:15 AM Exhibits Coffee Break
10:15 AM–11:15 AM Programs
11:00 AM–12:30 PM Tour the Main Library of Nashville Public Library ($)
11:30 AM–12:30 PM Programs
12:30 PM–1:45 PM Author Lunch with Seth Owen & Meredith Talusan ($)
12:30 PM–1:30 PM Civil Rights Center & Votes for Women Center Tour ($)
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Programs
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Exhibits Coffee Break
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Programs
5:15 PM–6:15 PM Spark Talks
6:30 PM–8:30 PM Audio Publishers Association Dinner ($)
Friday, February 28, 2020 7:30 AM–4:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM–9:00 AM Big Ideas with Haben Girma
9:00 AM–2:00 PM Exhibits Open
9:00 AM–10:15 AM Exhibits Coffee Break
10:15 AM–11:15 AM Programs
11:00 AM–12:30 PM Tour the Main Library of Nashville Public Library ($)
11:30 AM–12:30 PM Programs
12:30 PM–1:45 PM Author Lunch ($)
1:30 PM–2:00 PM Exhibits Closing Reception
2:15 PM–3:15 PM Programs
3:30 PM–4:30 PM Programs
4:45 PM–5:45 PM Spark Talks
6:00 PM–8:00 PM All-Conference Reception
Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:00 AM–10:00 AM Registration Open
8:15 AM–9:15 AM Big Ideas
9:30 AM–10:30 AM Programs
10:45 AM–11:45 AM Programs
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Closing Session with Samantha Bee