Annual Conference

2018 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals - Deadline Extended

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018, has been extended to Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 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.

ALA Council resolution on global climate change

CHICAGO - At the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, ALA Council passed a resolution calling for libraries to preserve and make available factual, scientific data, information and literature both from government and citizen sources pointing to evidence of global climate change.

2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – The Librarians Call to Action

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, in the association’s home city of Chicago. The conference was attended by more than 22,700 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,500 exhibitors) from across the world.

Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.

ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Offering Free Services and Workshops

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be bustling with activities during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In addition to having career counseling, resume review assistance, and an onsite photographer, the Center is also hosting several special activities which are listed below. You don’t have to be actively looking for a job to benefit from the services and workshops.  The Center will be located in McCormick Place, Hall F2, Level 3. Use the escalator by room W196 for easy access.



Meet the 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders at a Poster Session during ALA Annual Conference

Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago are invited to meet the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception  on Friday, June 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room W196b. The ALA 2017 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the poster session. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.


Scott Turow and Kate White among authors at United for Libraries’ mystery panel at ALA Annual

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors” on Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W185a.

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest books and their lives as writers. A book signing will follow. This program will be oderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging from fake news and library programming to community outreach and library instruction, the programs are:

“So, You're a New Instruction Librarian ...”

A splendid array of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

Longer hours and easy access near the onsite Registration area make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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