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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.  

The conference schedule will include more than 60 conference sessions, 48 poster sessions, a 2-day Library Products & Services Expo, and numerous opportunities for informal networking among attendees and exhibitors.

Conference Planning Committee

The 2017 Conference Planning Committee is hard at work under the direction of chair, Dana Farabaugh, District Consultant for the Westmoreland County Federated Library System.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the conference theme and details regarding speakers as they unfold.

If you would like to volunteer to serve on a committee, please feel free to contact Dana, or the appropriate committee chair on the Committee Roster.

Call for Session Proposals - Open Now!

If you are, or know someone who is, an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to librarians, we invite you to submit a session presentation proposal for the PaLA Conference. 

Submission Resources:

  • Click here for a list of requested topics.  (Other topics will also be considered.)
  • Working copy of proposal form (PDF)  (For working purposes only -- all proposals must be submitted online via the link below.)


The submission deadline is Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Call for Posters - Coming Soon!

Poster Sessions are a great way for librarians to informally share information about successful ideas or programs with their colleagues.  The exchange is informal and interactive.  Poster Sessions will be held on Monday & Tuesday, October 16 & 17. Proposals will be accepted from mid-April through mid-May.  

Check back for more information. 


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.  2017 Exhibit Partners

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Attendee registration will begin in July.

Hotel Information

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. (Currently14%) 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.  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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