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2019 PaLA Conference in Erie

Pennsylvania Library Association
2019 Conference & Expo
October 13 - 16, 2019
Bayfront Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is the oldest professional library organization serving all types of libraries throughout the Commonwealth. The PaLA Conference provides the library community with a variety of continuing education, supplier resources and networking opportunities during this important event. 

With the 2019 conference theme "Shine On" we will shine the light on some of the wonderful things taking place in Pennsylvania libraries and how we can continue to shine in the future.  The event will take place at Bayfront Landing located  on the shores of Lake Erie's Presque Isle Bay.  The center offers not only breathtaking views, but also world-class facilities, amenities and service.  We hope you will decide to join us!

Conference Planning Committee

The 2019 Conference Planning Committee is hard at work under the direction of chair, Paula Collins.  Stay tuned for details regarding confirmed speakers and activities as planning progresses.  If you would like to volunteer to serve on a committee, please feel free to contact Paula, or the appropriate committee chair on the Committee Roster.

Call for Presenters, Posters and Performers!

Seeking Performers!

If you are a library performer, we have an opportunity for you to showcase your talent, virtually, to an audience of library professionals looking to book programs for their libraries!  The Shine On Talent! event will take place Monday evening, October 14 and will feature video snippets of what you do best!  More information and registration link.

Call for Presenters - Closed March 15, 2019

The conference will offer 60+ breakout sessions on topics of interest to Pennsylvania librarians.  Thank you to all who submitted proposals -- we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries! 

Call for Posters & Lightning Talks - Closed May 15, 2019

Posters and Lightning Talks are a great way for librarians to informally share information about successful ideas or programs with their colleagues. Thank you to all who submitted proposals, we look forward to your presentations!

For more information, check out our Poster &Lightning Talk FAQs

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that Kathy Parry,  will present, "Rubber Band Resilient" during the Opening Keynote Luncheon, providing the audience with tips on how to stretch, not snap during challenging times . 



In addition, "Breakfast with the President" on the closing day, will feature "America's Librarian" Nancy Pearl, who will present, "The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading."

 But, that's not all! 

Cleveland Public Library's Felton Thomas will be the featured speaker at the Public Library Division Breakfast on Tuesday morning.  Thomas will discuss how libraries across our country, and the world, are transforming themselves from traditional spaces of learning to dynamic places of innovation and creativity during his presentation, "Libraries are Community Deficit Fighters!"


The College & Research Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon will include a
presentationby Dr. Michele Villagran, CEO of CulturalCo, LLC who will
present, "Academic Libraries: How Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference?"




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 Registration Information


Attendee registration will begin in June 2019.

Hotel Information

We have reserved blocks of rooms at both the Courtyard by Marriott and Sheraton Erie Bayfront at the conference rate of $149/night plus applicable occupancy taxes.(Currently,13%) Both hotels are attached to the convention center and offer stunning views of Presque Isle Bay. 

Book a room at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront


Phone: (800) 325-3535*                                                                                       

Book a room at the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront


Phone: (888) 236-2427*       

*State that you would like a room under the PaLA or Pennsylvania Library Association room block

The conference room blocks expire at 5:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2019.  Reservations received after this date will be subject to prevailing room rates and availability.

Contact Us

220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-7663 Phone
717-766-5440 Fax
800-622-3308 (PA Only)