Professional Development Opportunities
Several professional conferences and events—from the world’s largest library conference to local seminars—provide opportunities for librarians to learn more about cultural programming through workshops, seminars, model programs, and more. Below are details about upcoming programs and events:
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
Each year, the ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and its program partners host a number of events that highlight cultural programming at the ALA Annual Conference. View a list of PPO programs at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference.
Public Library Association (PLA) Spring Symposium & National Conference
PLA hosts annual national programs for public librarians. The National Conference, held every other year, offers more than 100 programs on various topics important to public librarians.
In non-conference years, PLA also hosts a Spring Symposium. Smaller than a national conference, the Spring Symposium is open to public librarians across the country and features workshops on many different topics.
ALA Chapter, Division and Affiliate Conferences Calendar
A listing of upcoming ALA, state, and regional chapter conferences as well as division and affiliate conferences through 2024. Most conferences are held annually and include programs, exhibitions, and special events for librarians from all types of libraries. For details concerning state or regional conferences, contact your state or regional library association for details.
Poetry in the Branches
Poets House, together with the New York and Brooklyn Public Library systems, has developed Poetry in The Branches, a multi-faceted, replicable program model that helps librarians create a complete environment for poetry in their library. Several resources for public libraries, including a sourcebook, on-site consulting, and a national institute, are available through Poetry in the Branches.
Do you know of other professional development opportunities for public programmers that are not mentioned here? If so, please email the details to us for posting on this website.