Conference Services

Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions being held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/authors.

Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.

Philanthropist and Author Melinda Gates will open the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. She has said, “if you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else.” The session will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, 4:00-5:15pm at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.

2019 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals - Deadline Extended

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the in Washington, DC, June 20-25, 2019, has been extended to Monday, September 3, 2018, 12:00 Midnight (Central).

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession, and submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. For the first time, proposals will be accepted through one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices.

Presenters invited to explore topics and engage attendees during AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during its National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete proposals must be submitted by Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, and final decisions will be announced on or before March 1, 2019.

United for Libraries to present ‘Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community” on Sunday, June 24, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

United for Libraries to present ‘Are You Ready for Fundraising Success? A Step-by-Step Guide for Any Library’ at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Are You Ready for Fundraising Success? A Step-by-Step Guide for Any Library,” featuring Michael Stevenson, managing principal and co-founder of the Bannack Group, on Monday, June 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  

United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on ‘Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library,” will be held Saturday, June 23, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to moderate a conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - On Friday, June 22, 2018, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama during the Opening General Session of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. This session will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from 4– 5:30 pm.