October 16 - 19, 2016
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Pocono Manor, PA
Pennsylvania librarians will congregate at the exciting, brand new Kalahari Resort in the Poconos for the 2016 PaLA Annual Conference. The conference schedule will include nearly 70 educational sessions, 48 poster sessions, a two-day Library Products & Services Expo, and numerous opportunities for informal networking among attendees and exhibitors.
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Before the conference, you can download the handouts for your sessions (handouts are added to this page as they become available - check back often!)
Download the 2016 PaLA Conference App so you can plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info. Find the session and events schedule, handouts, maps, access to social media and more on your mobile device.
Conference Planning Committee
The 2016 Conference Planning Committee is hard at work under the direction of chair, Cindy DeLuca, director of the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library.
If you would like to volunteer to serve on a committee, please feel free to contact Cindy, or the appropriate committee chair on the Committee Roster.
Attendee registration is now open!
View the Registration Brochure of exciting educational offerings and networking opportunities to take place.
Visit the Attendee Registration Page to register. Please note that a limited number of conference grants are available.
Hurry, the grant application deadline and Early Bird rate expires 8/31/2016!
Free Lunch? Sure!
It's included with your PaLA Conference registration for each day of attendance. BUT, YOU HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER -- Forget to do so, and lunch is no longer on us!
Lodging & Local Information
PaLA has reserved a block of rooms at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos from Sunday – Tuesday at the reduced rate of $159/room plus 9% occupancy tax. This includes admission to the water park for up to 4 guests -- consider bringing your family to explore this family-friendly destination! To make a reservation, call 877-253-5466 and ask for a room in the Pennsylvania Library Association room block.
The conference block expires at midnight EST on September 19, 2016. Reservations received after this date will be subject to prevailing room rates and availability. Cancellations made 72 hours, or more prior to arrival date will be subject to a $25 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to arrival will forfeit the entire deposit amount.
View information on dining, attractions, banks, places of worship and more in this regional guide.
PaLA Products & Services Expo
Show information and exhibitor registration is available via the Exhibitor Information Page.
Interaction between conference attendees and our exhibitor partners is crucial to the success of the conference and benefits all! Attendees are encouraged to visit with our exhibit partners to learn of the latest in library products & services. 2016 Exhibitor List.
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. Exhibitor Information & Registration