PLA 2022 Portland Oregon March 23-25. Oregon state outline with stag leaping over.

OLA @ PLA Conference

The Public Library Association National Conference will be in Portland, March 22 - 25, 2022.  See details below about how you can register and connect with your OLA colleagues during the conference.  Do note that PLA, for conference attendance, has instituted the following COVID-19 Safety Measures.

More information will be added as we get closer to the conference, so remember to check back! 



OLA Social @ PLA22

Tuesday, March 22, 2022  -  6:00 - 8:00 pm
McMenamins - Kennedy School Gym -
5736 NE 33rd Ave Portland OR 97211

Join OLA members for an in-person event to socialize, reconnect, and have some fun! Meet OLA Board Officers and other members! Play trivia with Oregon's Jeopardy Librarians! Snacks and a no-host bar will be available.

You can still attend this event without registering but you will be asked to provide vaccination status prior to entering. 

COVID-19 Protocol for Event:
- Out of concern for our immune-compromised members, we are asking attendees to report their vaccination status
- Attendees will be asked to follow facial mask requirements of McMenamins Kennedy School at time of event.
- Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.
- Unregistered attendees may show their PLA Conference Badge or proof of vaccination to enter the event.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please click here or call Shirley, OLA Assn Manager, at 541-962-5824.


Stop by the OLA Table in the Exhibitor Hall #1735

Stop by the OLA Table in the Exhibitor Hall to pick up your OLA Member badge ribbon and touch base with OLA folks.



Registration discount for OLA Members

PLA is offering OLA members a discount off the registration fee with registration.  This discount is initiated with a "Market Code" that you will need to input in the registration form when you start the registration process.  This market code has been sent to all OLA members at various times over the last few months.  Advanced registration ends 2/18/22 and provides reduction in costs for OLA members.

If you are not a member of PLA or OLA, it is cost effective to join/pay for OLA membership before registering as a non-member. There is a cost savings of $235 between member/non-member rates.  If you are not a member of OLA, check out the OLA "Join Now" web page and from there you can initiate/pay your membership by filling out the "Personal form." Contact Shirley Roberts, OLA Assn Manager, [email protected] with any questions. 

Attend OLA-sponsored Pre-conference

OLA's Support Staff Division is sponsoring a 3-hr pre-conference, Fostering a Stronger and More Inclusive Democracy through Library Programming, on Tuesday March 22, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  

Donna Cohen will be presenting a 3-hour pre-conference workshop at PLA 2022: Fostering a Stronger and More Inclusive Democracy Through Library Programming

Democracies thrive when people are informed and engaged but political literacy is dismal. Political inclusiveness is everyone’s informed voice being heard! Libraries can nurture civic knowledge and skills – and be nonpartisan doing so!

Included: Types of advocacy; contacting local elected officials; finding campaign finance information. Tracking and “Testifying” on bills in your state legislature. Understanding how representative – or not – Congress is and whether we might need some structural changes on the federal level.

Libraries have a critical role to play to widen democracy’s reach. Hands-on component; bring computer!

As a result of attending this pre-conference, participants will be able to:

Appreciate the critical role of libraries in supporting democratic institutions;
Come away with ideas for nonpartisan library services and programs that increase civic knowledge and engagement; and
Access their state's legislative and campaign finance databases.

This pre-conference will be useful personally and professionally!

Donna L. Cohen, MEd, MLIS – Civics for Adults
A teacher and librarian, Donna now presents nonpartisan Civics workshops for adults [and others!] that fill in gaps in civic and political understanding which have caused widespread “civic illiteracy”, and hasty acceptance of unchecked information. She is actively involved in various civic/political projects. 

Her workshops cover: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda; Citizen Activism 101; Elections and Campaign Finance; and, The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise?

Civics for Adults [and Others!] - Workshops to Enhance Civic Knowledge & Inspire Political Engagement