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Information on Public Transit, Parking at the Convention Center is available on the Travel Page, along with links to Chicago city maps.

Message Center

Once again, ALA will be offering a Message Center, where attendees can leave and pick up messages. IN addition to picking up messages at the Center itself, attendees can also access this system by going to the website


Meals are not included with regular Conference registration. Some preconferences and banquets include meals as part of an additional ticket price. This information is included with the description of the event.

Special Needs

If you have a special physical or communication need that may impact your participation in this meeting, please check the appropriate box on your registration form and append a statement specifying your special need. While every effort will be made to meet attendees’ needs, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodations in response to requests received after May 9, 2005.

Based upon availability in each city, we maintain a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Kathy Harris at 800-545-2433, ext. 3220 or TDD (toll free): 888-814-7692, ext. 3220 as soon as possible to reserve a wheelchair or scooter, for use in the convention center only, or if you wish to discuss any other special needs.

For more information, please visit our accessibility page.

Child Care and Camp ALA

Make this year's annual meeting a family affair. Once again, ACCENT on Children's Arrangements, Inc. has planned a great children's activity center for ALA attendees' children. ACCENT is a nationally recognized professional childcare company organized to provide quality on-site children's activities in a nurturing, safe, educational environment. ACCENT's counselors are fun-loving professionals with plenty of experience with children. For more details, call ACCENT at 504-524-1227. The camp will operate at McCormick Place Convention Center from Friday, June 24 through Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Children must be between 3 months and 17 years of age.

ALA will reimburse the charges expended on Camp ALA child care in the amount of $32 per day, per child to a maximum of $64 per day, per family to any fully-registered parent for each day of the Annual Conference week, June 24-28, 2005. The total cost of the care per child, per day is $80, with $48 paid by the parent member, and $32 paid by the Association. This covers only child care in the ALA day care center, Camp ALA. ALA will not reimburse child care expenses to delegates who live within the Chicago area that would be paid to a regular provider whether the parent was attending the Annual Conference or not.

Please note: Strollers are permitted on the exhibit floor, but children must remain seated in them at all times. Unescorted children are not permitted on the exhibit floor. See Children's Policy for more information.

Advance registration is required. The advance registration form is available for download.

Children’s Policy

Strollers are permitted on the exhibit floor but only if there is a child in them at all times. Unescorted children are not permitted on the exhibit floor. Children under the age of five must be restrained at all times (stroller, back pack, etc.). Any child over the age of five must have an exhibits only badge to be admitted to the exhibit floor. These badges are available at onsite registration for $25. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16.

No Smoking Policy

By Council action at its 1991 Atlanta Annual Conference, it was resolved that “smoking is prohibited at Midwinter Meetings, Annual Conferences, regional/national conferences, continuing education programs, exhibits and other gatherings sponsored by the ALA.”

Poster Sessions

The ALA Conference Poster Sessions will be displayed on June 25, 26 and 27, 2005 at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Poster sessions provide an opportunity for individual librarians or libraries to share graphic representations of current research, programs or creative solutions to library problems. Accepted presenters are given a time block during the conference to present posters, answer questions, and give away handouts relating to the session. Poster Session topics and times are listed in the Annual Conference Program.

The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2005. For more information visit the Poster Session website at: or contact Karen Lawson, ALA Poster Session Review Chair, 102A Parks Library, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011; phone: 515-294-4037; email:

Placement Services

The Placement Services Center is provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR). The location of the Placement Center will be announced.
Hours of operation will be:

Friday, June 24
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, June 27:
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Online registrations are accepted from mid-April through June, 2005 at the placement center website. Job seekers and employers are encouraged to apply regardless of whether or not they are attending the Annual Conference.

There will be a $200 fee for employers to register job vacancies. Interviewing facilities will be provided. Policy 54.3 states, "ALA is committed to equality of opportunity for all library employees or applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, physical or mental handicap, individual lifestyle, or national origin." By advertising through ALA services, the organization agrees to comply with this policy. All available salary ranges shall be listed.

Discount Bicycle Rentals

For those who wish to travel Chicago by bicycle, discounted rentals are available from Bike Chicago Rentals and Tours, which has three locations:

  • Navy Pier - 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-9600
  • Millennium Park Bicycle Station - 239 E. Randolph Street (888) BIKE-WAY
  • North Ave. Beach - 1600 N. Lakeshore Drive, (773) 327-2706

The discounted rate is $10 per day, which includes the use of a helmet and lock. To receive the discount, just show your ALA Conference badge at the shop.

To reserve your bike please call Bike Chicago (312) 595-9600 or visit

This opportunity is offered only as information to attendees. ALA is in no way connected to the bike company or responsible for the condition or safety of the bikes. This is not an ALA-sponsored activity.

Student-to-Staff Program

Each year during Annual Conference, the Chapter Relations Office puts together a group of student volunteers from the chapters to assist ALA staff at the conference. To qualify, the student must be a current ALA member and a member of a student chapter, and cannot have previously participated in the program. Each school has its own selection process, and the chosen student's name must be submitted to ALA by the group's faculty advisor. One student will be accepted per chapter. In exchange for working 4 hours per day at the conference from Friday, June 24-Tuesday June 28, the student will receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. Transportation costs (such as airfare and cabs) are the student's responsibility. To find out how you can participate, contact your ALA Student Chapter on campus for their selection criteria, or contact Erika Johnson in the Chapter Relations Office at


The Conference Newspaper will be available in the Convention Center Saturday - Tuesday, and a Highlights Issue will be mailed to all attendees after the Conference.

To submit a story or information in advance, please email the information to To submit stories onsite, please email them or bring them on floppy disk to the Cognotes Office in the ALA Office, Convention Center.

Be sure to look for "Unshelved" every day in Cognotes!


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