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The Pennsylvania Library Association Conference will offer 60+ breakout sessions on topics of interest to Pennsylvania librarians.  If you are, or know someone that is, an expert on a topic that is included on the list below or that you feel will be of interest to librarians, the conference programming committee invites you to submit a session proposal. 

Topics of interest, as submitted by 2016 conference attendees, include (in no particular order):


  • Redesigning Your Library Website
  • Library Use of Social Media/Marketing Your Library
  • Community Engagement
  • Best Practices for Partnerships
  • Reaching the Business Community
  • Ways to Improve the Perception of the Library Profession and Increase Salaries
  • Academic Publishing and How it Helps Librarians Further their Scholarly Agenda

Library Management:

  • Management/Human Resources/Employment Law
  • Budgeting, Fundraising and Ideas for Paying off Building Loans
  • Small & Rural Library Issues Addressed
  • Library Policies (Samples & Practice Writing Session)
  • In-Depth Project Management
  • Administration & Strategic Planning
  • Tips for New Directors
  • Staff Teambuilding

Technical Services:

  • Collection Management of E-Resources (specifically e-Book collections)
  • Collection Weeding
  • Technical Services & Cataloging  (BIBFRAME, MARC)
  • Readers Advisory
  • Development of Children’s Collections
  • Historical Materials Collections


  • Dynamic Programming for Children
  • Professional Storytellers & Authors
  • More STEM Programming (especially for young children)
  • Programs for Infants & Toddlers
  • Young Adult Literature & Programming


  • #CritLib (Critical Librarianship)
  • Patron Privacy
  • New Technology (50 Tools in 50 Minutes, etc)
  • Patron Mental Health Issues
  • Difficult/Dangerous Patrons
  • Social Services
  • Infographics
  • Student Engagement & Outreach
  • Library Instruction
  • ACRL Framework, Online Learning
  • Embedded Librarianship
  • Outcomes-based Evaluation
  • Maintaining Your Own Health & Wellness
  • PA State Police Notary Public Benefits
  • Genealogy
  • Child Abuse Laws & Clearances
  • ERate Federal Advocacy
  • Upcoming Trends, Population Demographics, Tech Developments
  • Space Planning

The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, April 20, 2017.



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