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Session Handouts

Some PLA 2012 presenters have made their handouts or presentations available online. Scroll or search through the list for a particular session. If the presenter made handouts available, you’ll see a little file icon to the right. Click on that, and you can download the file.

Conference Recordings

More than 100 program recordings from PLA 2012 will be available on DVD-ROM. The DVD-ROM includes audio of selected sessions as well as speaker slide presentations. Click here to order the PLA 2012 Conference Recordings. DVDs will ship first thing in May.


Public Library Association Conference draws thousands to Philadelphia

More than 8,700 library staff, supporters, exhibitors, authors and guests from across the country attended the PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia to discuss various issues that impact U.S. public libraries and their users. The conference featured five full-day and six half-day preconference programs, several educational tours, more than 180 top-quality continuing education programs, author events and nearly 400 exhibiting companies.

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Interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Watch our interview with PLA 2012 Opening Session keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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New mobile app helps PLA 2012 Conference attendees plan with the touch of a finger

The PLA 2012 Conference app is now available for any Web-enabled phone. This robust and informative app helps attendees build a conference schedule with programs and exhibitors, search PLA 2012 speakers and topics, find local restaurants and even figure out what to pack with a weather section.

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PLA 2012 attendees will lead the conversation at the Unconference

Attendees at the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference in Philadelphia will have a unique opportunity to join participant-driven sessions during the Unconference, 12:30–3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16. The Unconference is intended to be an organic, spontaneous event. The afternoon's schedule will be built onsite with the input of attendees. They'll take an active role in creating, facilitating and joining discussions relevant to their libraries and communities.

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The PLA 2012 Career Center connects job seekers/providers and hosts a resume review clinic

At the upcoming PLA 2012 Conference, a space in Exhibits Hall C of the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be dedicated to a do-it-yourself Career Center. The PLA 2012 Career Center will provide opportunities for libraries to post available jobs; tables for libraries with open positions/recruiters to set-up shop; and private space for interviewing or meeting potential candidates.

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Philadelphia host to national discussions on future of public libraries

In the age of the Internet, emerging technologies have transformed public libraries into crucial technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access. As our society continues to change the way it consumes information, public libraries have proven to be indispensable to their communities as they work to meet the needs of increasingly tech-savvy patrons.

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Karen Danczak Lyons on value of PLA's 2012 Conference

Next week, thousands of librarians and library professionals from across the country will gather in Philadelphia for the 2012 PLA Conference, March 13–17. In a video podcast, PLA Conference Chair and First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library Karen Danczak Lyons sits down to discuss why PLA 2012 will be the best ever.

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Celebrate Preservation Week @ PLA Conference

Come celebrate Preservation Week at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia. Join us at booth #2144 to find out more about how you can participate in the 2012 Preservation Week, April 22-28.

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Author Liz Moore added to PLA 2012 Virtual Conference lineup

From 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, author Liz Moore will join the Virtual Conference held in conjunction with the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13–17 in Philadelphia.

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Tours at PLA 2012 help attendees explore Philadelphia

Attendees at the PLA 2012 Conference, March 13-17, Philadelphia, should plan on building some time for exploration into their schedules. More than 10 tours at PLA 2012 will take participants around Philadelphia—to historic landmarks, haunted corners, urban gems, libraries and more—and into the surrounding, beautiful country.

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