ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Press Kit



The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 2,400 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..”

Press interested in registering for ALA Midwinter Meeting press credentials are encouraged to review the ALA's Media Credential Policy.  


Conference Highlights

American Library Association Youth Media Awards      American Library Association Youth Media Awards Medals: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King  

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.The 2019 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 8 a.m. PT from the Washington Convention Center. Fans can follow 2019 results in real-time via live webcast , sponsored by Baker & Taylor, a Follett Company,  or follow hashtag #alayma.     


  Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction     Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction










Now in the national spotlight with other prestigious literary awards, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards ceremony at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. The year’s best in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, audiobook narration, reference materials and more, are hand-picked by our expert selection committees that work closely with adult readers. Their tireless efforts narrow down hundreds of finalists to curate the highly regarded “Best of” lists used by librarians, publishers and booksellers nationwide. The Book and Media Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday evening of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 5-6:30 pm, offering all ALA book and media award announcements in the same 24 hours.


Press Releases

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

Youth Media Awards Fact Sheet

ALA Awards and Notables Fact Sheet

American Library Association Fact Sheet


Press Room Logistics

Location:  Washington State  Convention Center



Jan.  25, 2019   

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 26, 2019  

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 27, 2019

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 28, 2019

7:30 am – 2 pm


Media Contacts: 

Macey Morales, Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing Office, ALA, 312-280-4393

Steve Zalusky, Communications Specialist, , 312-280-1546