2017 ALA Annual Conference

2017 ALA Annual Conference

Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.

2016 ALA Annual Conference

20th Anniversary Pura Belpré Awards Celebration

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Rosen Centre Hotel - Jr. Ballroom F

Please join ALSC and REFORMA for a celebration featuring speeches by the 2016 Pura Belpré award-winning authors and illustrators, book signings, light snacks and entertainment. In honor of this year's milestone, the festivities will also feature a silent auction of original artwork by Belpré award-winning illustrators, sales of the new commemorative book The Pura Belpré Award: Twenty Years of Outstanding Latino Children’s Literature, and a presentation by keynote speaker Carmen Agra Deedy.

Want to learn more? Visit the the 20th Anniversary celebration page.

Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Orlando - Windemere Ballroom
This annual grand celebration honors the 2016 Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Medalists and Honorees - creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children.
Have a question about the Banquet?  Please visit the Banquet's frequently asked questions page.

ALSC Awards Presentation

Monday, June 27, 2016 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | Orange County Convention Center - W110A

The Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards will be presented to the 2016 award winners and honorees.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Photo of Marty SklarLibraries: The Space to Be
Monday, June 27, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center - W110A

One of the most transformative services libraries provide children is that of place, whether size and budget allow for a single bulletin board or thousands of futuristic square feet. As places where stories and imagination come to life in an engaging environment, Orlando’s theme parks are unrivaled in the world, and our keynote will be given by Marty Sklar, former president of Walt Disney Imagineering, and the man behind the creative development of EPCOT and design supervisor for Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, among many other magical spaces. Following his inspiration we’ll hear from the Center for Childhood Creativity; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Richland Library; and Clemson University on how child development, architecture, and stories all work together to create spaces that are vital to children and the communities that support them. The program will also feature an interactive show-and-tell of inspiring libraries from across the globe and everyone is invited to share their own spaces of which they’re proud by tweeting pictures using #ALSCprez. This program honors Charlemae Hill Rolllins, the first African American president of ALA’s Children’s Services Division (which became ALSC), and is generously supported by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Learn more about this year's Charlemae Rollins President's Program from Andrew Medlar...


Odyssey Awards for Excellence in Audiobook Production Awards Program

Monday, June 27, 2015 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center - W110A
Administered jointly by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist, this year's presentation will feature clips from the 2016 winners and a cocktail reception sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association with light refreshments will follow the award presentations and program.


Saturday, June 25

8:30-10  a.m.

InbeTWEEN: Services and Programs for Tweens in Public Libraries. One of the most popular demographics for publishers and marketers, tweens are enjoying their time in the spotlight. But are libraries following along in a push to market services for tweens separate from traditional children's programming? Are we carving our spaces into too many market areas - or are we riding the top of the wave and staying ahead of the curve? Participants will explore tween's preferences in collection development, technology, and programming. -- Orange County Convention Center - W102B

Words, Words, Words: Increasing Young Children’s Exposure to Language through the Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative. The Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative is a collaborative project of The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Zoo, funded by PNC Grow Up Great. The partners are focused on working in vulnerable communities to provide programming to support families and their young children in closing the 30 million word gap through fun, cross-curricular, hands-on community-based programs. Learn practical tips to implement at your library and share your ideas with your colleagues. -- Orange County Convention Center - W108

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Early Literacy Beyond the Library: How to Engage Young Children and Parents in Your Community. Participants will learn about three strategies to promote parent engagement beyond the library walls. Discover how Brooklyn Public Library (NY) employed its under-utilized SMS to text early literacy tips to parents. Learn how the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (Nova Scotia) uses "StoryWalks" and "StoryMobs" to encourage families to get moving and reading outdoors. Learn how New York Public Library developed a resource-rich early literacy kit to encourage parents to talk, read, sing, write, and play. -- Orange County Convention Center - W103A

1-2:30 p.m.

Reaching the Pinnacle of Program Planning: Creating a Model for Standardized Program Quality and Delivery in Multi-Branch Systems. Do your programs vary in quality from branch to branch, and librarian to librarian? Do you only have great early literacy/teen/technology/young professional/whatever programs where there are subject enthusiasts in those branches, and none where interest is lukewarm? Learn how to develop a Quality Program Structure that establishes quality standards, powerful templates, shareable hyperlinked program grids, coordinated themes, and cooperative marketing, and gives librarians the tools to save time, save money, build resources, and share and replicate well-researched, strategic programs that increase public outcomes. -- Orange County Convention Center - W203

Sunday, June 26

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Not Your Granny’s Dinner Conversation: Diversity, Race, Sex and Gender. Campaigns to increase diversity in children’s publishing have garnered support, but debates emerge over the “how” of diversities—especially when it comes to fraught topics like slavery, racism, gender identity and sexual orientation. How does responsible engagement with these and other contentious topics impact the work of writing, reading, selecting, and teaching diverse books for children and teens? This panel will highlight insights from authors and publishers while exploring practices that the diversity conversation. -- Orange County Convention Center - W205

1-2:30 p.m.

Storytime Live! Improv Techniques That Work! Looking for a new way to jazz up your storytimes and programs or maybe you need a way to refocus storytime snafus? Try some improv! Improv techniques can help you relax under pressure, get comfortable in the unknown, and learn to think on your feet. This presentation will give you a crash-course on improv and some ideas how to implement them at your library! You will also learn improv games for staff development and team bonding. -- Orange County Convention Center - S330 C-D

3-4 p.m.

52 Weeks of STEM @ Your Library. Hydraulic butterflies? DNA extraction? Computer programming principles via life-sized mazes?! STEM isn’t scary, it’s fun! At this hands-on presentation, you’ll learn how to incorporate engaging STEM programming in your library. We’ll walk you through everything from finding and evaluating potential STEM activities, to incorporating them into lively programs for all ages. Participants will leave with an arsenal of 52 kid-tested, librarian-approved STEM programs and access to additional resources and evaluation tools for future STEM programming. -- Orange County Convention Center - S330 A-B