Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.
The PLA Conference is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve, and its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.
Please note: PLA Conference is a professional event. It is not open to the public.
PLA thanks the members of the 2016 Conference Committees. Without the hard work of such dedicated professionals, much of what we do would not be possible.
2016 Conference Committee
Conference Committee Chair
Marcellus Turner, The Seattle (Wash.) Public Library
Conference Program Subcommittee Chair
Pam Sandlian Smith, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, Colo.
Conference Local Arrangements Subcommittee Chair
Diane Lapierre, Denver (Colo.) Public Library
Conference Committee Members
Paula Brehm-Heeger, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Ohio
Carolyn Anthony, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Larry Neal, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, Mich.
Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.
2016 Conference Program Subcommittee
The 2016 Conference Program Subcommittee is a critical part of conference planning. Chaired by Pam Sandlian Smith, this hard-working group reviews and approves the educational line-up. This two-year committee includes:
Michael Beck, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Public Library
Sara Dallas, Southern Adirondack Library System, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Michelle Jeske, Denver (Colo.) Public Library
Kevin King, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library
Martina Kominiarek, Bucks County (Pa.) Free Library
Richard Kong, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Portia Latalladi, Chicago (Ill.) Public Library
Miriam Lytle, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Ill.
Aurora Martinez, Morley Library, Painesville, Ohio
Sydney McCoy, Frederick County (Md.) Public Libraries
Suzanne McGowan, Rangeview (Colo.) Library District
Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, Mich.
Aiden Street, Pioneer Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla.