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2020 Conference Information

Pennsylvania Library Association
2020 Conference & Expo
October 18 - 21, 2020
Kalahari Resort in the Poconos








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. 

We hope you will join us for this year's conference, Mountains of Possibilities, to take place at Kalahari Resort October 18 - 21, 2020!  This African-themed venue offers a state-of-the-art convention facility as well as America's largest indoor water park.  Attendees will be able to enrich their minds as well as their hearts at this unique family-friendly venue!  African Inspiration.


The declaration of a National Emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly changing environment in which we live and work have produced a lot of uncertainty.  At this time, the Pennsylvania Library Association is moving forward with planning for the annual conference, but will continue to monitor news and information regarding the virus in order to maintain the health and well-being of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers and staff.

Through a partnership with Allianz Global Assistance, we are pleased to offer event insurance as an option when registering.  More information

Conference Planning Committee

The 2020 Conference Planning Committee is hard at work under the direction of chair, Sylvia Orner, Head of Technical Services, Scranton Public Library.  If you would like to volunteer to serve on a committee, please contact the appropriate chair to express your interest. 2020 Conference Committee

Call for Posters/Lightning Talks - OPEN through May 11

We are currently accepting proposals to present a poster or lightning talk at the conference.  These informal presentations provide another forum for library professionals to share their successful ideas and innovations with their peers. The exchange is brief, informal and highly interactive. More information

Note: The call for proposals to present a session ended April 1.  The program committee is currently reviewing proposals and will be communicating the acceptance status in mid-April.  Thank you to all who submitted!


The Pennsylvania Library Association values our exhibitor partners as experts on innovations in library products and services that enable library professionals to do their work more effectively and efficiently. 

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.  More information


Attendee registration will begin in late June.  View registration fees.

Hotel Information

Instructions on how to make a hotel reservation at Kalahari Resort will be included with your conference registration confirmation.  Our block of rooms is available during the conference from Sunday – Tuesday at the rate of $169/room and  includes admission to the water park for up to 4 guests -- consider bringing your family to explore this family-friendly destination!

Contact Us

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