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October 4 - 7, 2015

Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Pennsylvania librarians returned to the Penn Stater Conference Center located in State College, Pennsylvania  for the  2015 PaLA Conference, PA Libraries: Engage, Educate, Enrich. This venue, located in close proximity to downtown State College featured state-of-the-art meeting space that afforded lots of opportunity for meaningful interaction among attendees.  The conference schedule included more than 70 educational sessions, 40 poster sessions, as well as a 2-day Library Products & Services Trade show, plus numerous opportunities for informal networking. 


Session Handouts


Please visit the Session Handouts Page to access and print conference handouts from the presenters who have made them available.


Attendee Registration

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

2015 Conference Program/Session Descriptions

Chapter & Division Dine Outs

Tours and Special Events

Attendee registration fees, as well as lodging information for the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.  View fees.


Conference Scholarships

Boyds Mills Press offers three $500 grants. Grants are available for youth services librarians attending the conference for the 1st time. Learn More

Best Practices Award Winners

Awards will be presented at the Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices Breakfast on Monday, October 5.  Please be sure to register for this event if your library is an award winner.  List of Award Winners


How Can You Help?

The 2015 Conference Committee consists of a group of dedicated individuals focused on making the 2015 Conference a big success.  Contact them, to thank them and see how you can get involved -- 2015 Conference Committee Members

Volunteer Opportunities
After you have reviewed the schedule of activities and 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, Local Information and by the Signage Committee.  Volunteer Now.

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

Support Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
The PaLA Conference is made possible by the participation of library product & service providers and the generosity of conference sponsors.  Please thank this group of library supporters by keeping them in mind when doing business:

2015 Conference Sponsors

Exhibitor Partners


Exhibitor Information

The PaLA Conference is one of the best ways for library service and product suppliers to connect with the Pennsylvania library community.  The concise exhibit schedule, with no-conflict time and traffic-building programs make for an exceptional return on your investment.  More information.

If you have questions on exhibiting, contact Show Manager, Kim Snyder.

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