Virtual Conference

PLA 2012 Virtual Conference LogoPLA 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.

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 with Liz Moore (The Words of Every Song and Heft)
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 Public 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: Options for Libraries
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.


Rates & Deadline

Registration for the Virtual Conference is now closed.

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.