ALA offers dozens of face-to-face conferences, meetings and symposia each year. From the world's largest library conference every June at our Annual Conference and January for the Midwinter Meeting, to divisional national conferences and highly specialized small group meetings on emerging topics in librarianship, ALA members have premier access to professional development, strategy sessions, and networking.
“I use the conferences for many reasons - including keeping up with my friends on the job,” says Jim Teliha, AUL for Public Services, Idaho State University. “The fun side of membership and conferences is, after all, talking about a job/profession we love enough to keep doing in spite of the economy. I talk to vendors and strike deals and talk about how I’d like to see the next version of their product go. I always feel more effective doing it in person, at a conference, on the exhibit floor.”
Attending conferences puts you in touch with new ideas for your work, noted experts in the field, and a network of people with good ideas and similar interests. Presenting at conferences is an excellent way to get the recognition you deserve and share the knowledge you've built over your career. ALA needs your ideas and input. As a forward looking organization, we welcome presenters who are interested in sharing experience, data and ideas that improve library services and the visibility of libraries.
Presenting at conferences and events
Presenters at our conferences, meetings and events are experts in their field and come from the best pool of speakers, thinkers and doers in libraries – our members. You can volunteer your experience to present at ALA, divisional and round table sessions. Special attention will be given to program proposals that help generate new ideas or demonstrate research that contributes to the future of libraries. ALA is interested in helping to show off your innovative ideas and thinking around issues that impact the profession. If you have proven strategies that you want to share, new technologies to demonstrate, or innovations for any aspect of library work, consider presenting it at an ALA conference or event.