Colorado Libraries at PLA 2024

PLA 2024 Conference April 3 to 5 in Columbus Join Us

Join Colorado State Library in celebrating the deep bench of talent, experience, and passion in our state. We show up every day to do the library work and to do the people work. At the PLA annual conference in Columbus, OH from April 3-5 this year, many of our colleagues will be presenting. Find a schedule of their presentations below.

Wednesday, April 3

Start TimeTitlePresenter(s)*Primary TopicLocation
11:30AM Building a Gender-Inclusive Library for YouthBeckett Czarnecki, Denver Public Library Serving YouthGCCC Union Station B
11:30AMHow to Weather the Turbulence of a Video AuditorJulianne Rist, Lakewood Jefferson County Public Library Spaces, Places, and SecurityGCCC C170-172
2:00 PMImplementing a Flexible Digital Equity ModelCheryl Murphy, Paola Vilaxa, and Bernadette Berger, Jefferson County Public Library TechnologyGCCC A120-125

Thursday, April 4

Start TimeTitlePresenter(s)*Primary TopicLocation
10:15 Your Answer to the Computer Class ConundrumErik Rock and Teddy Rosario, Loveland Public Library TechnologyGCCC A120-125
10:15 AMEmbrace Flexibility: Create a Radically Welcoming Work EnvironmentJulianna Sipeki, Rene Yaws, Lisa Smith, and Lizzie Gall, Jefferson County Public LibraryStaff Management, Recruitment, and RetentionGCCC A110-115
11:30 AMHot Ones: Burning Issues in Library OperationsAnne Kemmerling, Denver Public LibrarySpaces, Places, and SecurityGCCC A110-115
2:00 PMPlaza Conversation Maps: Transforming ESL Learning with Empowering DiscussionsJohana Blatherwick, Denver Public Library Serving AdultsGCCC Union Station B
4:00 PMDedicated Sustainable Funding: A $30 Million Advocacy Success StoryJeff Riley, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and Michelle Jeske, Denver Public Library Advocacy, Fundraising, and CommunicationsGCCC A220-225

Friday, April 5

Start TimeTitlePresenter(s)*Primary TopicLocation
10:15 AMPossibilities and Potholes: Lessons Learned from an EDI IMLS GrantJay Torres Almodóvar and Beckett Czarnecki, Denver Public LibraryStaff Management, Recruitment, and RetentionGCCC A220-225
11:30 AMReimagining Public Service and Staffing Models with Flexibility Top of MindAnne Kemmerling, Denver Public LibraryStaff Management, Recruitment, and RetentionGCCC Short North AB
2:15 PMGrowing Readers Together: Serving Community, Caregiver, and ChildKate Brunner, Colorado State Library Serving YouthGCCC Union Station B
3:30 PMSpanish for Library Staff: Bridging the Language BarrierCristy Moran, Colorado State LibraryCommunity Engagement and PartnershipsGCCC B230-235


In addition, if you are attending PLA and want a conference buddy, a quick fist-bump drive by, or just some company to browse the exhibit hall, find Colorado State Library consultants on Thursday, April 4, at the coffee breaks from 9-10AM and 3-4PM. 

Colorado attendees are also invited to attend the Let’s Move in Libraries meetup on Wednesday, April 3, at the South Cafe of the convention center.

For this and more info about the PLA 2024 Conference, download the conference app.

Note:  Co-presenters from other states are not provided here. Find their names and session details on the PLA program/ schedule or on the conference app.


Cristy Moran