Annual Conference

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

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant now available

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must be first-time attendees and must be active in their public library Friends group. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

New ALCTS Slogan Focuses on Conserving the Past, Building the Future

CHICAGO—On Saturday, June 25, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announced the winner of the ALCTS Slogan Contest at the 2016 ALCTS Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. Honoring the work of ALCTS in sustaining the past and establishing a solid foundation for the future of technical services, collection management, and preservation, the new slogan, Creating the Future, Preserving the Past, will be used to promote the association and its mission and goals.

Call for Proposals, LITA @ ALA Annual 2017

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting innovative and creative proposals for the 2017 Annual American Library Association Conference.  We’re looking for full or half day pre-conference ideas as well as 60- and 90-minute conference presentations.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 22–27, 2017, in Chicago.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on September 14, 2016. Program topics should showcase emerging trends and examples of risk-taking in the areas of community engagement, managing space, marketing and advocacy, digital content, technology, programming, leadership, funding, staffing, collections, outcome measures, and more.

AASL announces recipients of Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the inaugural recipients of two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program provide funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections or plan a special event in order to enhance student learning.

2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Libraries Transform, and We Stand With Orlando

ORLANDO, Florida — With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary.

AASL announces 2016 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2016 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando. The list of 25 apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its fourth year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.