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Meeting Location
The 2008 Midwinter Meeting will take place in a convention center and several hotels in downtown Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch Street. Information on the headquarters hotel will be available once it is confirmed.
Details about Philadelphia are available here.

Wireless Internet
Free wireless internet service will be available in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in meeting rooms and corridors, for use of ALA attendees during the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Child Care
ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting week, January 11-16, 2008. This covers only childcare in the parent’s hotel room or other residence in the conference city (Philadelphia) and does not include charges for children’s food and transportation or gratuities and transportation for the sitter. ALA will not reimburse childcare expenses to delegates who live within the Philadelphia area that would be paid to the regular provider whether the parent was attending the Midwinter Meeting or not. Parents may contact their hotel childcare center/baby sitting service where it is available or select one from the phone book. Reimbursement forms will be available at the ALA Registration Desk and must be signed by the individual performing the childcare services and presented by the parent to the Registration Desk Manager by Monday, January 14, 2008. 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 the Children’s Policy for more information.

Placement Services
Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the Placement Services Center will be available during the Midwinter Meeting, to assist job seekers and employers, as well as provide career assistance.

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the JobLIST website at All services are free to job seekers. Registration is not required, but is recommended. Registration will give employers who choose the Placement Service subscription access to your resume information. It will also allow for direct communication between job seekers and employers. There will be an orientation for job seekers on Friday, January 19, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Placement Center.

Employers who want to post positions should post them on the JobLIST website at Employers who want to use the interviewing facilities must have an active ad placed on JobLIST at the time you schedule an interview. Employers who want a booth in the Placement Center should complete the space reservation form, or contact Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280. There will be an orientation for employers on Friday, January 11, 11:00 am - 11:30 am in the Placement Center.

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. For more information, contact Placement Service Manager, Beatrice Calvin at or 800/545-2433 ext. 4280.

No Smoking Policy
By Council Action at its 1991 Atlanta Annual Conference, it was resolved “that smoking is prohibited at Annual Conferences, Midwinter Meetings, regional/national conferences, continuing education programs, exhibits and other gatherings sponsored by the ALA.”

Midwinter Meeting Policy
The ALA Midwinter Meeting is convened for the primary purpose of expediting the business of the Association through sessions of its governing and administrative delegates serving on board, committees and Council. Programs designed for the continuing education and development of the fields of library service shall be reserved for Annual Conference except by the specific authorization of the Executive Board acting under the provisions of the ALA Constitution. Hearings seeking membership reactions and provisions for observers and petitioners at meetings of Council, committees and boards are to be publicized; programs of orientation or leadership development to Association business are encouraged; assemblies of groups of individuals for information sharing vital to the development of Association business shall be accepted as appropriate to the purposes of the Midwinter Meeting. By Council action it was voted that all meetings of the Association are open to all members and to recognized members of the press. Closed meetings may only be held to discuss matters affecting privacy of individuals or institutions. Unit chairs may contact their staff liaison officer when unable to determine whether an open or closed meeting is appropriate.

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