Conference Services

ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection brings library community together

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors.

Created following ALA’s difficult decision to cancel its 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection, held June 24-26, 2020, provided a virtual space where librarians and library workers could remain connected during this time of change.

Author and activist Stacey Abrams, ALA President’s Program speaker at ALA Virtual

CHICAGO— Author and activist Stacey Abrams will join ALA Virtual as the ALA President’s Program speaker. Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of “Lead from the Outside,” a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as minority leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history.

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Author, and Activist Natalie Portman, Closing Session Speaker at ALA Virtual

CHICAGO—Natalie Portman is an Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, and activist whose credits include Leon: The ProfessionalCold MountainCloserV for Vendetta, the Star Wars franchise prequels, A Tale of Love and DarknessJackie and the forthcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University, and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman’s Fables is her debut picture book.

ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection registration opens

CHICAGO— Registration is now open for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24 - 26,2020.  The three-day, online event will send a strong message that the library community can—and will—remain connected during this unprecedented time.

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland to Open First-Ever ALA Virtual Event on June 24, 2020

CHICAGO—American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland first made history in 2007 as the second African American to be promoted to the rank of "soloist" in two decades at the company.  In 2015, Copeland made history for the second time, when she became the first African American female principal "dance

Mark your calendar, ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24-26, 2020

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) will host ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, an online event that will offer educational programming, special author events, and social networking on June 24-26, 2020. ALA looks forward to this unique opportunity for members and library supporters to stay connected as we move forward to empower our profession and support our communities.

American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled. 

“ALA’s priority is the health and safety of the library community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers,” said Wanda K. Brown, ALA president. “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s become clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we need to make tough choices.” 

Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author will open the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

CHICAGO—American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland first made history in 2007 as the second African American to be promoted to the rank of "soloist" in two decades at the company.  In 2015, Copeland made history for the second time, when she became the first African American female principal "dancer" in the American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.  Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13, considerably late to begin the art form, but was immediately considered a bright star. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first

Help build the 2021 AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library professionals to help plan programming for the 2021 AASL National Conference.

2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits – offering visions of hope

PHILADELPHIA – Libraries are at the heart of our communities, supplying information and resources for people to find what they need to improve their quality of life. Often, the library is the first point of contact in connecting people with very serious needs to other community agencies.