Get ready to be inspired, energized, and entertained by PLA 2022 speakers! Additional speakers and events to be announced soon. Admission to general sessions and Big Ideas sessions is included with Full Conference registrations and Exhibits-Plus badges. Single-Day registrants can attend all general sessions and Big Ideas sessions on the day for which they’ve registered.
OPENING SESSION WITH LUVVIE AJAYI JONES
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM
New York Times best-selling author, podcast host and professional troublemaker, Luvvie Ajayi Jones will kick off the PLA 2022 Conference by challenging attendees to overcome their fears and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. More…
PLA thanks OCLC for its exclusive support of this event.
CLOSING SESSION WITH KAL PENN
Friday, March 25, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
From White Castle to the White House, closing speaker Kal Penn will leave attendees charmed with his entertaining and refreshingly candid stories of Hollywood, politics, and redefining the American Dream. More…
PLA thanks T-Mobile for Education for its exclusive support of this event.
BIG IDEAS SERIES
The Big Ideas Series, PLA’s version of “TED Talks,” kicks off your day with an inspiring speaker sure to challenge your mind and spark your creativity.
Appearing courtesy Penguin Random House
These special events will spice up your day, help you discover new ideas, and get the creativity flowing! Unless otherwise indicated below, admission to special events is included with Full Conference registrations and Exhibits-Plus badges, as well as with Single-Day registrations on the day for which they’ve registered.
EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION
Wednesday, March 23, 3:00 PM–6:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center, Exhibits Hall
Get a first look at the products and services offered by more than 100 exhibiting companies… and enjoy some food and drink while you’re at it.
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom 201–202 (and lobby area)
Mix and mingle with your fellow attendees at this evening of fun, food, and dancing!
EXHIBITS CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday, March 25, 1:30 PM–2:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center, Exhibits Hall
Take one last look around the exhibits and network with vendors and colleagues during this social reception.
BOOK BUZZ: PRESENTED BY BOOKLIST
Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Book Buzz: Presented by Booklist will highlight some of the best upcoming books for adult readers, with special mention of great book-group picks. Get the inside scoop from a panel of premier publisher representatives.
PLA thanks Booklist for its support of this event.
CAREER CENTER EVENTS
The Career Center, in the Exhibits Hall, will have coordinated events at select times—including the Career Fair, résumé reviews, interview practice, and mini-mentoring—but will remain open during conference hours to enable job posting or impromptu interviews.
PLA thanks Network of the National Library of Medicine for its exclusive support of the How-To Stage.
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM FORUM
Thursday, March 24
In this time of increased challenges to core library values and expertise, PLA is hosting multiple sessions to share resources and build connections in support of intellectual freedom. Drop in to connect with peers and share strategies for navigating challenging times.
12:00 PM–1:30 PM: Ask a Lawyer
2:00 PM–3:00 PM: Peer-Sharing Roundtables
2:00 PM–4:00 PM: One-on-One Consultation Appointments with ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING: MORE THAN JUST WORDS
Oregon Convetion Center, B110–112
Join Multnomah County (OR) Library friends at PLA to learn about their work to center equity, inclusion, and belonging as the foundation for lasting, transformational change. Learn about actions their library is taking to manifest this commitment. Enjoy a cup of tea in their BIPOC affinity space; learn about creating these for your staff; hear about centering equity, inclusion, and belonging in outreach, community engagement, marketing and communications, recruitment, and more. Multnomah staff look forward to welcoming you to their home!
"OUR WISHES" AT PLA 2022
Oregon Convention Center, Ginkoberry Concourse
This year, Anythink Libraries (Adams County, CO) brings artist Alejandra Abad and her "Our Wishes" project to PLA 2022 in Portland. As part of "Our Wishes," a collaboration between Anythink, Abad, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, messages of hope were crowdsourced from the Thornton, CO, community and placed on beautiful flags displayed throughout the library. Learn how partnerships with local artists and organizations can help libraries make art accessible and amplify community voices during this immersive installation. Attendees are invited to relax, reflect, and write their own messages of hope in the space while connecting with Abad and Anythink staff.
Oregon Convention Center, C125–126
Check in with Richland Library (Columbia, SC) as they recreate their famous Overdue event—celebrating a little bit of South Carolina creativity in the Pacific Northwest. Check out their interactive arts, crafts, virtual reality, and live music from THE Dubber, one of their Artists-in-Residence.
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