Have questions?   We have answers!

Q: Who can attend the event?

A: Everybody!  Any interested person is welcome to register and attend.


Q: What's included in the symposium registration?

A: the Friday evening opening reception, concurrent sessions all day Saturday and Sunday morning, the Book Blitz on Saturday evening, and the closing session on Sunday.  All registrants also get a badge holder, a YALSA bag and up to five free books at the Book Blitz. Refreshments at the snack breaks between concurrent sessions are also free to registrants.  All attendees will have access to a free webinar, and can sign up to receive a certificate of participation with contact hours.


Q: Will there be exhibits at the event?

A: No; however, YALSA will have a variety of items for sale, including selected books published by YALSA, t-shirts & gift items


Q: What opportunities will there be to meet authors?

A: Authors will be participating in programs, a luncheon on Saturday, the Book Blitz on Saturday, and the closing session on Sunday.  The luncheon is a ticketed event separate from your regular registration.


Q: Can I get continuing education credits for participating in the Symposium?

A: YALSA will provide certificates to those who ask indicating how many hours of contact time attendees had at the symposium.  Visit the registration area and fill out the sign-up sheet to request one.


Q:  I am trying to make travel arrangements, what time does the Symposium begin and end?

A:  The Symposium technically starts with a reception on Friday evening (programming begins Saturday morning) and will end at 1pm on Sunday.  However, there are optional pre-conferences that you can register for that take place on Friday.


Q:  Will all of the Symposium programs take place at the same hotel?

A:  Yes.  All programs will take place in the hotel. In 2016, the hotel is the Westin Convention Center with a rate of $119.  The special rate of $119 is available until October.  After October, rooms for attendees cannot be guaranteed.  Sometimes additional ticketed events are offered, such as city tours, or museum visits, and those take place off site.


Q: Are meals included in the registration fee?

A: No. Some snack breaks will be provided free to registrants between session, but meals are not included.


Q: What should I bring to the symposium?

A: business cards to hand out to people you meet, some cash or a credit card so you can shop in the YALSA store, and something to take notes on


Q: I can't attend the symposium in 2016.  Will there be one in 2017? 

A. Yes! The 2017 Symposium will be in Louisville, KY, November 3 - 5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville with a rate of $125!


Q: I live outside the U.S. and need an official invitation in order to support my travel.  Who should I contact?


A: Please contact Nichole O'Connor at noconnor@ala.org.