PLA Virtual Conference

PLA is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the PLA Conference, even if you can’t be there in person. The PLA 2012 Virtual Conference will consist of live programming on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews, poster sessions, and opportunities for networking. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. Each day also will include a closing session “happy hour” event for attendees to get together and discuss the day’s programming.

Live Programming

All times are Eastern.  Please email Lauren ( the sessions you plan on attending. Someone in the Virtual Library will be here at 7:30am.  You will need to come to the Virtual Training Lab in the Service Center. To get in find an employee coming into the Service Center.  IT and Facilities usually starts about 7:30am. You can also call 570.6300.

Thursday, March 15
10:45–11:00 AM Welcome and Intro – Marcia Warner, PLA President
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Program I – Engaging with Teens on a Shoestring Budget
12:15–1:15 PM Program II – Social Media and Your Marketing Strategy
1:30–2:30 PM Program III – Q & A with Nancy Pearl
2:45–3:30 PM Break – Author Interview
3:45–4:45 PM Program IV – iPads in the Library: From Tech Programming to Staff Productivity
5:00–6:00 PM Program V – Transforming Pulbic Libraries from Institutions of the Industrial Age to Change Agents for the Networked Society
6:00 PM Wrap-up
Friday, March 16
10:45–11:00 AM Welcome and Intro
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Program I – Program Palooza: 60 Programs in 60 Minutes
12:15–1:15 PM Program II – Library to Go: Putting Your Library Virtually Anywhere
1:30–2:30 PM Program III – Can’t, Won’t, Don’t, Couldn’t, Shouldn’t, Wouldn’t: Combating Negativity Nellies in the Workplace
2:45–3:30 PM Break – Author Interview
3:45–4:45 PM Program IV – Tracking Children’s Early Literacy Skills
5:00–6:00 PM Program V – The Future of Libraries: Trends in Building Design, User Experience, and Community Partnerships
6:00 PM Wrap-up

Audio Poster Sessions

An important element of the conference experience, Virtual Conference attendees are welcome to explore the audio poster sessions which feature PowerPoint presentations or web tours with audio narration.

Archived Programming

All Virtual Conference registrants will have access to archived Virtual Conference programming for one year after the event.


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