ALA Annual Conference Press Kit


The 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held in New Orleans at the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from June 21- 26. 

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. As the world's biggest library event, it brings together up to 25,000 librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors to engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of libraries and to network. With around 2,500 scheduled events of which more than 500 are programs, sessions and in-depth facilitated and information conversations, attendees engage in a wide range of library- and professional development-related topics.

The ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together bestselling authors, experts, political luminaries, thought leaders and influencers in the library field and all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role and their ongoing transformation. Annual Conference events trend nationally on Twitter (#alaac17 ) and are extensively covered in the media.

Hundreds of exhibiting companies feature the latest in books and digital products, including online services and software, furniture and other products vital to today's libraries and librarians. ALA units highlight a range of aspects of the profession and the association.

If you are a press member looking for registration information, please view the ALA's Media Credential Policy

The ALA Welcomes Michelle Obama 

Michelle Obama

Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, is delighted to welcome former First Lady,Michelle Obama to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition!

Click here for details

Other Featured Speakers  Include 

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Sally Field Image

Sally Field

Jonathan Eig Image Tracy K. Smith  and Jose Antonio Vargas Image Gayle Danley Image Viola Davis Image



Fact Sheets

Annual Conference Fact Sheet

American Library Association Fact Sheet


Press Room

Location:  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center .


Thursday, June 21

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, June 22

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 23

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 24

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, June 25

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26


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Media Contact: Macey Morales, Deputy Director of the ALA Public Awareness Office, 312-280-4393,