Registration Rates

Full Conference Registration includes:

  • Wednesday (August 7th)
    • Access to free pre-conference sessions
    • President’s Reception
  • Thursday (August 8th)
    • Keynote speaker
    • Sessions & Programs
    • Young Reader’s Choice Award Buffet Lunch
    • Social events and networking
  • Friday (August 9th)
    • Lunch buffet & Speaker
    • PNLA Business meeting
    • Sessions & Programs

Early Bird: Rates:

PNLA LEADS alumni will receive a $10 discount on conference registration.
Contact the conference chair for the LEADS conference discount code –

Regular conference rates
PNLA Member: $300
Non-PNLA Member: $325 (includes a PNLA membership!)

PNLA LEADS alumni will receive a $10 discount on conference registration.
Contact the conference chair for the LEADS conference discount code –

Library Director – Plains Public Library District (MT) Open Until Filled

Plains Public Library District Position Description April 2019 POSITION: Library Director DEPARTMENT: Library ACCOUNTABLE TO: District Library Board SUMMARY OF WORK: Performs professional and administrative duties in planning, implementing directing and evaluating library services for the Plains Public Library District. Follows specified rules and regulation as set forth by accepted library practices. RESPONSIBILITIES: All of the duties listed below are essential job functions for which reasonable accommodations will be made. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.


ESSENTIAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Assists with implementation of library strategic plan, goals and vision. • Provides input into hiring, training, complete annual employee evaluations. • Must do staff schedules. • Must work with Board of Trustees with preparation of the annual budget. • Must complete preparation and submission of local, state and federal surveys and reports. • Compile and maintain statistical information related to the Plains Public Library District programs, services and usage statistics. • Attends various professional meetings, conferences, workshops and classes. Must be certified by the Montana State Library within 3 years of employment. • Ability to foster team building and participatory management. • Ability to adhere and convey to others approved library policies and procedures. • Responds to public inquiries regarding library services, programs, and technologies. • Performs some public contact work at the circulation desk: charges and discharges books, collects fines and fees, and explains library rules and procedures to patrons. • Oversees adult and juvenile programming. • Provide administrative support to the Board of Trustees. • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: • Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of professional library administration. • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, other administrators and the public. • Ability to maintain records and prepare comprehensive reports on the operation of the library, programs offered, collection reports and other related issues. • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas, orally and in writing. • Skill in assisting library patrons with services, collections, technology and databases. • Ability to be effective under changing work priorities and with frequent interruptions. • Proficiency with a variety of software programs related to library operations: Sirsi Dynix programs, Montana Shared Catalog, Partners sharing system and courier program, email and calendaring applications, Microsoft Office, and others as deemed necessary. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

REQUIREMENTS: • Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and other requirements for extended periods. • Must have knowledge and be able to do everything library clerks are expected to do. • Must be able to lift full crates of books (25 to 50 lbs.), with help of dolly, for courier service. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: • Office equipment, such as: computer, adding machine, copier, printer, telephone, book return, security system, and camera system.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Performs work under typical public library conditions (noise, odors, scents, etc.).


EDUCATION, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATION: • Requires a valid driver’s license. • Criminal background check is required. • Must be Montana State Library certified by 3 years employment. • Two or more years’ experience working in a library required. • Have or will have MLS in near future.


POSITION HOURS: • Flexible hours between 32-40. • Is subject to work evenings and weekends to help staff or monthly board meetings.

DISCLAIMERS: The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of duties performed for this position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the need of the employer and the requirements of the job change. Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Donate to PNLA

PNLA is a non-profit organization that is supported by its membership. Please consider supporting PNLA through your donations. You can target your donation to specific PNLA initiatives such as the Young Reader’s Choice Awards, PNLA LEADS, PNLA Quarterly, supporting the PNLA conference, or just PNLA in general. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Please use the form linked below to donate:


Call for Participation PNLA 2019

Call for Participation

You are invited to submit program proposals for the 2019 PNLA Conference in Spokane, Washington on August 7-9th. The theme for the conference is Libraries Leading the Way. PNLA is seeking programming that focuses on:

  • Library leadership skills such as communication, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc.
  • Outreach to diverse and underrepresented patron groups
  • Rural and small libraries
  • Young readers and community literacy
  • New library-related competencies and workplace skills
  • Technology and innovation
  • Information literacy and #CritLib
  • Equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Sessions of interest to school, public, academic, and special libraries.

Program sessions will be either be 75 minutes, 45 minutes, or 10 minutes lightning talks. PNLA is also seeking proposals to be considered for longer pre-conference sessions as well. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019 and submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 31st, 2018.

To submit a proposal please visit this link.

You will be asked for program and contact information including a 100-250 word abstract.

If you have questions about the conference or are interested in being a vendor — please contact Rick Stoddart –  PNLA Conference Chair.

Hashtag: #PNLA2019

New PNLA Quarterly Issue Released

Check out the latest issue…



View or download the full issue FULL ISSUE



A Message from the President: Crossing Borders, an imperative for our profession
Jenny Grenfell
Editor’s Column
Samantha Hines
The Mentor: From Colleague to Supervisor
Tracy Bicknell-Holmes


Joey Going
Erika Nicole Lehtonen, Shalyn Rodriguez
Deborah Rinio
Jaci Wilkinson


Mattias Olshausen
Celine Gareau-Brennan
Roxy Garstad
Ilana Kingsley
Ean Henninger
Memo Cordova, Amber Sherman
Maureen Rust
Karina Smith, Cathlene McGraw, Amy Vecchione


Call for Submissions and Author Instructions
Pacific Northwest Library Association

2019 Nominees for Young Reader’s Choice Awards

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

  • Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  • Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • It Ain’t so Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  • Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • OCDaniel by Wesley King

Senior Division (Grades 10-12)

  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


More information on the Young Reader’s Choice Award is available here.