Welcome to the 2018 VLA Professional Associates Conference:
"Other Duties as Assigned"

         On behalf of the Executive Board of the Virginia Library Association Professional Associates Forum (VLAPAF), welcome to our annual conference! If you attended the conference last year, welcome back to the Newport News Marriott City Center.

         How many times have you done something out of the ordinary in your daily work routine? Have you ever had to catch a live animal roaming the stacks? Or removing paper jams from a copier? What about assisting less tech-savvy patrons with the Kindle they received as a gift? "Other duties as assigned" is more than just a theme, it’s a library worker’s way of life. No two days are ever the same in a library. You may have to cover a coworker’s desk duty when they call out, or conduct a story time on the fly. We may not always enjoy the “other duties” but we do them anyways because we love our libraries.

         We hope you enjoy this year’s conference and take advantage of all it has to offer. We know you’ll find something to take back to your libraries and implement. Share your experience with your colleagues and become better equipped with the knowledge to perform your other duties as assigned.

— Bonnie Shaw, Chair, 2018 VLA Professional Associates Forum

The 2018 VLA Professional Associates Forum (VLAPAF) Conference is on May 21, 2018 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center (740 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606).


All events are included in the Registration Fee for the 2018 VLAPAF Conference. You must register online at tinyurl.com/VLAPAFRegister2018

Registration Rates for 2018 VLAPAF Conference

  • $120 for VLA Members
  • $180 for non-VLA Members
Registration Deadline is May 1, 2018:
  • A $25 late fee will apply for registrations received after May 1, 2018

General Registration Information

  • Attendees must register online for the conference.
  • Registration deadline is May 1, 2018. A $25 late fee will apply for registrations received after May 1, 2018.
  • Participants must pre-register.
  • No on-site registration.
  • No refunds after May 7, 2018. (Request for refunds must be sent in writing to [email protected] and received by May 7. There is a $25 processing fee for all cancellations.)

Stipend Raffle

The Virginia Library Association Fundraising and Endowment Committee is offering a no-questions asked stipend for VLA members. Twelve people will be chosen at random to receive $50.00 each. Winners will be selected from a random drawing to be conducted by our Executive Director. Complete the form by April 3 to be included in the drawing: http://tinyurl. com/vlapafstipend2018. Those who are selected will be notified by email on April 4, and checks will be mailed to the address provided on the entry form.

Scholarship Fund

By purchasing raffle tickets, you will be supporting the Clara M. Stanley VLAPAF Scholarship Fund. You may also wish to donate a basket or raffle item to be included in our drawing. Please drop them off at the registration desk Monday morning. The drawing will be held during the closing event on Monday afternoon and prizes will be awarded. You Don't Need To Be Present To Win!

Conference Sessions

There is no need to pre-register for specific sessions, but you can add them to your calendar! View the Conference Schedule to plan your day. 

If the registration deadline is fast approaching and you haven’t registered for the conference because you are waiting for funding to either be approved or delivered, you may register online and choose “send check” or “invoice me” as the option. As long as your registration form is submitted electronically before April 18, you will not be charged a late fee.

Join VLA

If you are not a current VLA member and would like to attend the conference at the member price, go to http://www.vla.org/membership to become a member.


Confirmation notices will be emailed; if you register and do not cancel, you are responsible for payment. If you have not received your confirmation by May 11, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa Varga at [email protected].


Newport News Marriott, our discount rate is $99 per night (before taxes and fees) for single – quadruple occupancy. Make your reservation at tinyurl.com/VLAPAFHotel2018.

Free Networking

Our Networking Lunch will provide another opportunity to meet and converse with fellow Professional Associates. Sit with someone new — make professional connections. Don’t forget, bring your business cards! The networking lunch is included in the cost of your registration.

Arriving Sunday evening? After you have had dinner on your own, please join the Board and other Professional Associates for great fun and networking opportunities. The Virginia Gaming Association will be on hand with tabletop games to play and will answer questions about how they bring gaming to libraries. Also, you can take a tour of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Bookmobile and learn about their services.

- Last updated 3/13/2018