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New Orleans FAQ

Why has the ALA chosen to hold the Annual Conference in New Orleans?

Where can I see a list of the programs happening at the Annual Conference?
Can I see the full schedule before I arrive onsite?

Where will the exhibits be?
What are the exhibit hours?

What if I need to cancel my registration?
Can I register for the Annual Conference by phone?
How do I know if I'm registered?
What if I sign up for an event that is already full?
When will I receive my badge in the mail?
Where can I pick up my badge onsite?
How do I pay with a purchase order?
How can I pay my balance?
What about a photo ID?

When does housing open?
How do I get the ALA rates at hotels in the host city?
Can I get a discount on my airfare to the Annual Conference?
How do I cancel my hotel reservation if I need to?

I'd like to present a program at your next conference. How do I go about doing so?
What has ALA done to make the Annual Conference more accessible?
Where do the Gale Shuttle Buses go?
What is Cognotes, and how do I get it?
What is the Placement Center, and how do I use it?


New Orleans Information

Why has the ALA chosen to hold the Annual Conference in New Orleans?
For up-to-date information on New Orleans, please visit our New Orleans FAQ.

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Awards, Meetings and Events

Special Events Page
Programs and Sessions Page

Where can I see a list of the programs happening at the Annual Conference?
On the Programs and Sessions page, a preliminary listing of programs will be available in late January. A more updated list will be available in March.

Can I see the full schedule before I arrive onsite?

Yes, by using the Event Planner, which will be available in May. The Event Planner is for registered attendees only, and will include listings of all programs and meeting, with dates, times and location. The Event Planner also includes listings of exhibitors, and allows users to build an agenda of events they wish to attend.

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Exhibits Information

Visit the Exhibits Page

Where will the exhibits be?
For the 2006 Annual Conference, the exhibits will be in the Morial Convention Center.

What are the exhibit hours?
The exhibits will be open the following days and times:

Saturday, 8:45 am - Ribbon-cutting ceremony
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Registration

Registration Information

What if I need to cancel my registration?
The easiest way to cancel a registration is by emailing registration@ala.org. You can fax your cancellation request to 312-280-1538, or mail to 50 E Huron Chicago, IL 60611 Attn: Registration. To receive a refund less a $25 processing fee, we must receive your cancellation request no later than May 19, 2006. All refunds will be processed after July 1, 2006.

Can I register for the Annual Conference by phone?
No, only online, faxed or mailed registrations are accepted.

How do I know if I'm registered?
All attendees will receive an email confirmation, or mail confirmation if no email address is provided. This confirmation/receipt verifies your address information, the event(s) you have signed up for, and how much you have paid. Attendees that register online are urged to print the receipt copy of their registration to keep for their records. If you have not received your confirmation within three weeks, please contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-545-2433, press option 5.

What if I sign up for an event that is already full?
Attendees that register for an event that has reached maximum capacity will be put on a wait list. We will notify attendees (in the order the names were received) if space becomes available up to two weeks prior to the conference.

When will I receive my badge in the mail?
Typically, badges are mailed three weeks prior to the start of the conference. This year we will be mailing badges beginning May 22, 2006. You must be paid in full by May 19, 2006 to receive your badge in the mail. If you register after this date, your badge will be available for pickup onsite.

Where can I pick up my badge onsite?
If you do not receive your badge in the mail, and you are paid in full, go directly to the Will Call/Badge Correction counter in the Registration area.

How do I pay with a purchase order?
All registrations with purchase orders must be mailed in with the original purchase order. We will bill the institution for payment. No purchase orders will be accepted as payment onsite.

How can I pay my balance?
To pay your balance before the conference with a credit card, please call our Customer Service center at 800-545-2433, press option 5 and a representative will assist you. Attendees paying by check may mail in their balance to the American Library Association, Dept. #77-6565, Chicago, IL 60678-6565.

What about a photo ID?
All attendees are required to show a government or state issued photo ID in order to pick up conference materials, or register onsite. Any photo ID used to board an airline flight will be acceptable.

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Housing, Airline and Travel

Hotels and Travel

When does housing open?
Housing for Annual opens January 3, 2006. Housing forms will be available in the January and March issues of American Libraries Magazine and as a downloadable PDF on the website, and online housing registration will be available on the ALA website beginning January 3.

How do I get the ALA rates at hotels in the host city?
To get the specially negotiated ALA rates, you must make your reservation through the ALA Travel Desk by calling, mailing in a form, or making your reservation through the website. You cannot get the ALA rates by calling the hotel directly.

Can I get a discount on my airfare to the Annual Conference?
Yes! The ALA Travel Desk has negotiated a discount with United Airlines. United offers ALA attendees a discount. To receive these discounts, use Meeting ID # 502CQ, and call United at 1-800-521-4041 or the ALA Travel Desk at 1-800-621-1083. These discounts are only available on reservations made by phone. You can also receive this discount by making your reservations through the ALA Travel Desk.

United is also offering ALA attendees an internet reservation discount. To make your reservations on the internet, go to the travel page, and you will be provided with a direct link to the United website, and an E-Certificate number to receive 10% off all applicable internet fares. This discount is only available on reservations made on the internet. You can also receive this discount through the ALA Travel Desk Airline Reservations page (available beginning January 3.

How do I cancel my hotel reservation if I need to?
If you wish to cancel your reservation before May 29, 2006, contact the ALA Travel Desk at 1-800-424-5249 or 847-940-2155. After May 29, contact the hotel directly. Your first night's deposit is refundable with at least a 72 hour cancellation notification to the hotel, prior to the day of your arrival. Check your confirmation for details on your hotel's policy.

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General Information

I'd like to present a program or suggest a speaker at your next conference. How do I go about doing so?
Programs are held only at the Annual Conference. If you would like to present a program, please be aware that there is no one place to submit a conference presentation proposal. You need to investigate which ALA division or office fits closest with your presentation's subject matter. Then you would contact that division or office for details on contributing to their program at the conference.

Within ALA, various departments focus on various aspects of librarianship. A list of the ALA divisions, offices and roundtables is available on the ALA website.

Feel free to contact our Conference Services office at confs@ala.org if more information is needed after reviewing this information.

What has ALA done to make the Annual Conference more accessible?
To learn about the ways ALA has worked to make this meeting accessible, visit the Accessibility Page.

Where do the Gale Shuttle Buses go?
The free Shuttle Buses, sponsored by Gale, go between the convention center and all ALA hotels from Friday through Tuesday at the Annual Conference. Check the Saturday edition of Cognotes, the ALA daily conference newspaper, for route and time information, or Bin #1 in the Registration area for a flyer. Accessible buses are available.

What is Cognotes, and how do I get it?
Cognotes is the ALA daily conference newspaper. At the Annual Conference, it is published Saturay-Tuesday, and is available at locations throughout the convention center. Cognotes contains information on events happening at the conference, as well as up-to-date meeting changes and other information. More information is available at http://www.ala.org/cognotes.

What is the Placement Center, and how do I use it?
Job seekers can search online for jobs and employers can search online for job seekers before and during the Midwinter Meeting or the Annual Conference. Visit URL http://www.ala.org/hrdr/ and click on "Placement Center" for more information. The Placement Center is located on the exhibit floor at both the Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference.

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