ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Press Kit

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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 2016 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 a.m. ET from the Georgia World Congress Center. Fans can follow 2017 results in real-time via live webcast at,  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.

Featured Speakers  

W Kamau Bell
LeUyen Pham, Susan Tan, and Scott Westerfeld
Ryan Gravel
Annette Gordon-Reed
Kwame Alexander
Dr. Daina Ramey Berry
Neil Patrick Harris



Symposium Speakers 

Darlene Gillard Jones
Isha Lee
Marian Liou
Dr. Stephen Harmon
Jeffrey Martín


For a complete list of highlights visit our Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits website. 


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: Georgia World Congress Center, Building A/B, Level 4


Jan. 20 2016    

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 21, 2016  

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 22, 2016

7:30 am – 5 pm

Jan. 23, 2016

7:30 am – 2 pm


Media Contacts: 

Macey Morales, Deputy Director, Public Awareness Office, ALA,, 312-280-4393

Heather Cho, Media Relations Specialist, Public Awareness Office, ALA,, 312-280-4020 

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