PLA 2014 Virtual Conference

Thursday, March 13 & Friday, March 14

PLA 2014 Virtual Conference logoPLA offered a great way to participate in and enjoy the PLA Conference, even if you couldn’t be there in person. The PLA 2014 Virtual Conference consisted of live programming on Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews, poster sessions, and opportunities for networking. Programs were chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. Each day also included a closing session “happy hour” event for attendees to get together and discuss the day’s programming.

Archived Programming

All Virtual Conference registrants have access to archived Virtual Conference programming for one year after the event. Visit the PLA 2014 Virtual Conference site and login with the same username and password you used for the live event. Questions? Contact PLA, 800-545-2433 x5PLA or

Live Programming

All times are Eastern.

Thursday, March 13

10:45–11:00 AM Welcome and Intro
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Program I – Do You Know Where Your Librarian Is? Building Relationships Outside the Building
12:15–1:15 PM Program II – ABC – Always Be Circulating: How Public Libraries Meet Demand and Increase Use
1:30–2:30 PM Program III – Developing a Staff Competency Program That Works!
2:45–3:00 PM Break
3:00–3:30 PM Author Interview – Erika Johansen
3:45–4:45 PM Program IV – The Most Dangerous Idea of All: Change from the Bottom Up
5:00–6:00 PM Program V – Your Next Book is on Facebook: Using Social Media in Readers’ Advisory
6:00 PM Wrap-Up

Friday, March 14

Friday, March 14
10:45–11:00 AM Welcome and Intro
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Program I – Technology’s Future at Public Libraries: Staying Relevant in the Digital Age
12:15–1:15 PM Program II – Cheap and Easy: An Introduction to Passive Programming
1:30–2:30 PM Program III – Black Belt Librarians: How to Effectively and Safely Inform Patrons of Library Rules
2:45–3:00 PM Break
3:00–3:30 PM Author Interview – Megan McArdle
3:45–4:45 PM Program IV – Meeting Public Service Expectations by Breaking the Service Model
5:00–6:00 PM Program V – Who We Are, What We Do, and Why it Matters: Establishing Our Distinctive Sense of Purpose
6:00 PM Wrap-Up


Registration for the Virtual Conference is closed.

Rates & Deadline

Type Cost
(by March 11, 2014)
PLA Personal Members*
ILF Personal Members
ALA Personal Members $285
Nonmembers $340
Student $105
Group $575

*Not a member? Become one today and you’ll have the chance to save and receive the discount when you register. For membership details, visit the PLA website.

Group Registration

For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as people gathered in one room at one location to participate in the Virtual Conference. One group registration entitles your group to one login. This login may not be used on more than one computer. We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the Virtual Conference. Groups will also want to have speakers or a sound system capable of amplifying the Virtual Conference audio for the entire room. Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute the Virtual Conference. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for the Virtual Conference.

Continuing Education Credits

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its Virtual Conference and cannot verify participation. Individual registrants who attend the Virtual Conference will receive a follow up e-mail that could be used to verify attendance. For those participating as part of a group registration (see definition above) we recommend assigning a staff member to take attendance on-site if verification of attendance is needed.