Start planning now—2012 ALA Annual Conference Preliminary Program is here!

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/13/2012


Amy R McGuigan

CHICAGO – ALA Annual Conference, the largest event for the profession, offers everything to help you and your library prepare for the future. The Preliminary Program offers the latest highlights and details, showcasing the huge range of events and sessions that can help you expand your network, build your knowledge and improve your profession.

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Find sessions in the following topic areas, all part of “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.”

  • E-Books and Collections
  • Physical  and Virtual Space
  • Services
  • Library Workforce
  • Customer and User Expectations
  • Community Relationships
  • Library Leadership Expectations – Staff and Boards
  • Teaching and Learning

Look for details on coverage of books and authors, information and public policy and support for career development. Find out more about the new Tech Talks, ALA Masters Series presentations, Conversation Starters, Ignite Sessions, Unconference, Library Camp and the Networking Uncommons.

See the current lineup of dynamic speakers and presenters, including headliners Rebecca MacKinnon (Internet policy specialist, author of "Consent of the Networked"; David Weinberger (celebrated Internet philosopher, co-author of the groundbreaking "Cluetrain Manifesto"); Dan Ariely (behavioral economist, author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"); and J.R. Martinez. Look also for Chris Colfer,  Dan Rather, John Irving, Sapphire, Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, and don’t miss three amazing young adults making a difference—William Kamkwamba, Talia Leman and Gaby Rodriguez.

Discover who is exhibiting so you can start planning your time on the exhibit floor. Sign up for special events such as the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash with the Rock Bottom Remainders and the new format ALA President’s Inaugural Brunch. Attend the new Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announcements and awards ceremony or a host of other award-related events.

So much to learn, do and enjoy! The ALA Annual Conference Scheduler opens early April (we’ll let you know when), and will help you maximize your conference time. 

Find out about the many other ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights as they’re added—speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more. And for general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit us at  Save money with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition--Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves