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Pennsylvania Library Association
Annual Conference & Expo
October 15 - 18, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh - Green Tree

Pennsylvania librarians will return to the western side of the state for the 2017 PaLA Annual Conference to take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh - Green Tree conveniently located just outside the Pittsburgh city limits.  This recently remodeled venue offers the affordability and convenience of a suburb location, but with easy access to city attractions.  

Throughout the four-day event, the conference schedule will include 70 conference sessions, 48 poster sessions, a two-day Library Products & Services Expo, and numerous opportunities for informal networking among attendees and exhibitors.


Attendee Registration

The PaLA Conference offers a plethora of educational and networking opportunities -- Here are just a few:

2017 Attendee Registration Brochure

Registration Information for Sunday night Dine Outs

Take part in Tours & Special Events

For attendee registration fees, as well as lodging information: Click here.

We're happy to announce that Boyds Mills Press has agreed to sponsor three, $400 grants for Youth Services Librarians to attend the conference for the first time.  
Read more.


How Can You Help?

The 2017 Conference Committee consists of a group of dedicated individuals focused on making the conference a big success.  Contact them, to thank them and see how you can get involved --
2017 Conference Committee Members

Volunteer Opportunities
Once you have reviewed the schedule of activities and have determined what you'd like to do, we encourage you to consider volunteering at the conference.  Help is needed at the PaLA Registration Desk, PaLA Store, Exhibitor Registration and on the Technical Arrangements and Signage Committees.
Volunteer Page

Friends Group Contributions
Pennsylvania's library friends groups have been key to sustaining our libraries (and the Pennsylvania Library Association) for years.  Donations toward conference refreshment breaks provide crucial, informal interaction among attendees.  Donation Form

Do business with our conference sponsors and exhibitors.
The PaLA Conference is made possible by the participation of library product and service providers and the generosity of conference sponsors.  Please thank this group of library supporters by keeping them in mind when making purchases for your library.

2017 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitor Partners


Exhibitors

The Library Products & Services Expo offers one of the best opportunities to reach decision-makers in the Pennsylvania library community.  This two-day show offers a concise schedule in an environment that promotes interaction with attendees through no-conflict exhibit time, exhibit hall activities and informal networking opportunities.  


Hotel Information

9/22/2017 Update:  The conference block is full, however rooms are available Sunday & Monday at slightly higher rates.  Tuesday night is completely sold out.

 If you require lodging on Tuesday, we suggest that you contact the Crowne Plaza located just .5 mile from the conference venue.  

We have reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh-Green Tree at the conference rate of $139/night plus applicable occupancy taxes. (Currently,14%) To make a reservation, call the Reservations Department at 1-800-222-8733 and state that you would like a room under the Pennsylvania Library Association 2017 room block. Reservations can also be made online under the group name: PA Library Association.  Enter code: PLA to obtain the group rate. A deposit of one night’s rental will be collected at the time of reservation.  The conference block expires at midnight EST on September 22, 2017.  Reservations received after this date will be subject to prevailing room rates and availability. 

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