PLA is heading to Portland, Oregon for the PLA 2022 Conference, March 23–25! Like the institutions they support, the role of the public library worker is ever-changing. The COVID-19 crisis magnified this more than any of us could have imagined, but public libraries responded swiftly and creatively to meet their communities' evolving needs. The PLA 2022 Conference will also need to transform in order to provide public library professionals the opportunity to come together in person or virtually to reconnect with one another, recreate the services they provide, and revitalize their passion for the work they do every day. We know that the pandemic has affected library and professional development budgets, so early planning for PLA 2022 is a must. Explore the conference website to get the preliminary registration and travel information you need to join us in Portland next March!
PLA’s Virtual Conference will also be returning—bigger and better than ever—for attendees who are unable to join us in person. The Virtual Conference will occur in conjunction with the live event and feature top-rated programs, inspiring speakers, and virtual networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more information!
Registration for the PLA 2022 Conference will open in fall 2021. Sign up to receive an email notification when registration opens.
While some aspects of the conference may be different due to safety and health protocols, providing high-quality programming remains our top priority. We are seeking proposals for educational sessions that reflect the innovation, creativity, adaptability, and diversity we have seen emerge from the public library field this past year.
Want to be a part of PLA’s renowned educational programming? Submit a proposal and share your idea for a preconference or program! Proposals open week of May 10, 2021.
Nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood, Portland’s temperate climate means there’s never a bad time to visit! So, pack your galoshes and get ready to explore the City of Roses just as it’s starting to bloom. With 70 miles of hiking trails within Portland city limits, the world’s largest independent bookstore, a dozen scenic bridges crossing the Willamette River, nearly 300 luscious gardens and parks (including the world’s smallest park!), tax-free shopping, more breweries than any other city on earth, and wine country in its backyard, Portland has more than a little something for everyone.
After a tough year for the restaurant industry, Portland was selected as the host city of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 18, highlighting the city as a food- and nature-lover’s paradise. March is also Portland Dining Month—where over 100 restaurants offer decadent three-course meals for just $33—making it a perfect time to experience one of the country’s most talked-about culinary destinations.
Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s survey every year from 2013–2019. PDX offers nonstop flights to 60 U.S. cities and is conveniently connected to Portland’s city center (only 9 miles away!) via MAX light-rail train. Once you arrive, efficient public transit—including light rail, bus, and streetcar services, miles of bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly city streets make navigating Portland a breeze.
Visit www.travelportland.com for local guides to start planning your perfect Portland adventure.