February 17, 2018

Public Library Association Conference

Coverage of the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA, March 13-17, 2012, and related stories.

Program-Palooza! Rundown in Brief | PLA 2012

Jennifer Lawson, Program Services Librarian, San Diego County Library presented Program-Palooza!, a panel at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia that featured 60 different programs to encourage libraries to become community social centers and places to hang out.

Did You Miss the #PLA12 Unconference? | PLA 2012

Live stream archive from the first-ever Unconference at PLA, Friday March 16 in Philadelphia, PA.

Making Moral Choices with Four Debut Authors | PLA 2012

“I’m not a political person,” proclaimed Stephen Dau at the packed Public Library Association panel “Meet This Season’s Best in Debut Authors,” a new event initiated by Penguin library rep Alan Walker, to whom we can all be grateful. At first, it seemed like a surprising assertion, as his debut, The Book of Jonas, features a 15-year-old in an unnamed Muslim country orphaned when American troops decimate his village.

Reports of Reference Death May Be Exaggerated | PLA 2012

A double session room filled to capacity at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia got an earful about the difference between Big “R” reference and a more nimble and responsive vision of services anticipating 21st century user needs. The session was presented by Jason Kuhl and Richard Kong of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (IL) with Celeste Choate of Ann Arbor District Library (MI).

The Best Kept Secret in U.S. Libraries: Services to Patrons with Vision and Learning Disabilities | PLA 2012

Along with moderator Patrice Johnson of the Chicago Public Library and the Library of Congress’s Jill Garcia, Wilkins offered an inspiring talk on the free materials available to the sight-impaired and learning-challenged during the session, ”Digital Access, the Future is Now! The Next Dimension of Accessible Audio Media.“

The Great Library Roadshow Has Arrived!

On the road to PLA, The Great Library Roadshow visits Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware, plus the Richmond County Public Library. And this just in, via Twitter: #libshow has arrived in Philadelphia!

The Roadshow’s First Stops

So far, The Great Library Roadshow has visited Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (see the interview, travelog and video narrative); the High Point Public and University Libraries; and more, spurring reflections on Data Driven Libraries and Augmented Reality on the way to PLA. Check back here at LJ‘s PLA channel for daily summaries of its progress, or […]

On the Road to PLA

While the rest of the library world gets ready to attend the PLA conference, LJ’s own Josh Hadro and two fellow librarians are already headed there by the scenic route. The Great Library Roadshow chronicles Josh and fellow travelers Lisa Carlucci Thomas and Patrick “PC” Sweeney as they take an OCLC-sponsored road trip from Charlotte, […]

Don’t Miss Danish Library Director Rolf Hapel at PLA

Scandinavian libraries have long been in the lead in shaping their institutions for the digital age. Rolf Hapel, director of Aarhus Public Libraries, Denmark, will take attendees on a visual tour of the community-based process that helped design the new main library and the initiatives being adopted to transform libraries. Join him on Friday, March […]

PLA Conference Preview 2012: Great Expectations | Philadelphia, March 13–17

Expectations are very optimistic for attendance at the Public Library Association (PLA) biennial conference in Philadelphia, March 13–17. Preregistrations at this writing were already coming in at a rate even with or a bit ahead of the attendance in 2010; with librarians and exhibitors, total attendance might exceed 8000.