What's New

PLA is committed to using the 2020 Conference to educate, inspire, and raise awareness. Here are a few new things to look forward to in Nashville.

Wednesday, February 26, 8:30 AM–1:30 PM

Explore Nashville beyond the Honky Tonk Highway! These excursions will send small groups of attendees to visit 2–3 Nashville organizations that are supporting library values of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.
This event requires a separate registration but is SOLD OUT.

Public libraries are the heart of every community and no one understands giving back to the community more than a public library worker. Attendees will have the opportunity to give back to Nashville by participating in a community service project within the Music City Center.

Thursday, February 27 & Friday, February 28

Shop for a cause between program sessions! Local organizations will host pop-up shops outside the Exhibits Hall so attendees can support their missions. Participating organizations include:

  • Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise, based in Nashville, dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Thistle Farms provides a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support because they believe love is the most powerful force in the world.
  • BRANDED Collective works with survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. BRANDED is an economic empowerment jobs program where the women design and handcraft the jewelry collection.
  • Humphreys Street, a social enterprise of Harvest Hands CDC, was born out of a desire to raise up leaders within the neighborhood by creating jobs, providing mentorship opportunities, and teaching job skills that empower youth. 100% of profits are reinvested into programs and scholarships that support their students.

Sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
StoryCorps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. PLA, NNLM, and StoryCorps are teaming up to present two educational programs about library impact and story collection, and “drop in” time throughout the conference to meet with StoryCorps staff and learn how to bring StoryCorps to your library. In addition, a limited number of conference attendees will be able to schedule 40-minute conversations in the StoryCorps MobileBooth. Watch for more information in early 2020.

Relax and recuperate in the PLA Wellness Center, where yoga and meditation sessions will be provided throughout the conference. Between sessions, this room will be available as a quiet, reflective space for all attendees. Namaste!