The 2020 conference theme is appropriate as all of us have forged new paths, over mountains of uncertainty - to connect and collaborate with those we serve, and with each other, in this COVID-19 world. The possibilities for education and engagement at this virtual event are real and will prepare and inspire you to continue your important work! Join us!
Registration Package Description
- A personalized profile with the ability to upload a photo, a resume, and any other information that you'd like to share about yourself
- Five keynote sessions exclusive to the live event only (Will not be recorded)
- More than sixty breakout sessions from eight different tracks (24 sessions qualify for Act48 credit - see below)
- Networking with colleagues via chat and one-on-one video calls
- Author Panels
- An interactive exhibit hall with video demonstrations, material downloads, and live chats with exhibitors
- An interactive showcase area for poster presentations, lightning talks, and performer presentations
- Gamification activities with the opportunity for bragging rights and the chance to win prizes
- Virtual hikes and scavenger hunts in the beautiful Pocono Mountain area
- PLUS continued access to recordings of most breakout sessions, exhibit hall and showcase areas through November 30 - That's access to approximately 60 hours of education!
Conference Schedule Highlights
There's a lot in store! Conference programming will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day, with special evening activities Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday morning, join us for an informational Virtual Conference 101 session as we explore the conference platform and provide tips on how to get the most out of your virtual conference experience.
Andrea Jamison, lecturer in library science and chair of the American Library Association’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table will officially kick off the conference with her keynote presentation, The Courage to Change: Creating Libraries that Matter.
- Grab a bite and join us each day from noon to 1 p.m.for a presentation from our Lunch & Learn Series:
- Monday: We'll conduct an interview with this year's Carolyn W. Field Award Winner, Brittney Morris author of Slay, and discuss the relevance of her book in the current world.
- Tuesday: Sofia Leung, CEO, Do Better, Be Better LLC will present "Ordinary" Existence of Racism & White Supremacy in LIS and will lead us on an exploration of racism in libraries and archives and how we can do better in our day-to-day work as we move forward as a profession.
- Wednesday: Ben Bizzle, Founder & CEO, Library Market will present You Are the Brand - How Everyone Plays a Role in the Library Story with tips on the what and how of telling a better story for your library.
- Join us for a new spin on our Trivia competition Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Additional fee to benefit the David J. Roberts EXCEL Award program)
- Tuesday evening will feature a special author event, Wanderers & Followers, with an interview with authors, Chuck Wendig (Wanderers) and Megan Angelo (Followers) about these fascinating books and how current events and social behaviors influenced their stories, and how they could play out in the future. (Additional fee)
Finally, Melanie Townsend Diggs, 2016 Lemony Snickett Award Winner (presented to noble librarians faced with adversity) will deliver the Closing Keynote session, A Beacon of Light in Adversity. Hear the fascinating story behind the decision to keep her library open as a safe haven in the midst of the 2015 Baltimore riots.
All of the above will be presented EXCLUSIVELY during the live, virtual event!
We are pleased to announce that 24 sessions qualify for Act 48 credit. Consult the session roster for the ACT 48 label on qualifying sessions.
What is Act 48? Act 48 of 1999 requires those holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete 180 continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their certification. This law applies to those with certification as school librarians, classroom teachers and school administrators.
Please note that a minimum of three Act 48 session credits must be accumulated before credit can be applied in the state database.
Pricing & Registration
Revenue generated through the annual conference supports the work of the Pennsylvania Library Association as it represents the profession with state legislators, and provides opportunities for professional growth, leadership development and continuing education for library professionals.
We are pleased to offer the following registration fees for this unique opportunity to connect and collaborate during the live, 3-day virtual event, as well as continued access to exhibits and recorded educational sessions through November 30:
PaLA Personal Members - $175*
Students & Retiree Members - $160*
Non-Members - $225*
Institutional Members may opt for registration 10-packs to register up to ten staff members at an even lower rate. Refer to the recent email message sent to all institutional members or contact the PaLA office at 717-766-7663 to learn more.
* Save $10 off registrations received through August 25. $20 late fee assessed on registrations received after October 8.