Annual Conference

Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago, Parker will unveil her first title selection as part of the official launch of ALA Book Club Central, for which she will serve as Honorary Chair.

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code founder and CEO, to open 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired more than10,000 girls across America--and they're just at the beginning of their mission to close the gender gap in tech. Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization, is also the author of the groundbreaking book Women Who Don't Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course.

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

ALCTS and LLAMA speaker presents the business of social impact

CHICAGO—Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The President’s Program “The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

2017 Charlemae Rollins President's Program on Families & Digital Technology

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the theme and speakers for the 2017 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program. The topic of the program will be digital technology and its relationship to childhood development and childhood literacy.

Registration and housing open for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development, and networking opportunities as always at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 22-27. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at alaannual.org.

RUSA's 2017 Annual Conference President's Program Keynote Announced

Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show” named recipient of Zora Neale Hurston Award

ATLANTA--Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and author of Born a Crime, was named the 2017 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (

AASL seeks proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 22-27 in Chicago. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.