For immediate release | February 21, 2012

Kansas City, here we come!– JCLC registration opens March 1

CHICAGO—Kansas City, Mo.—“KCMO,” “the City of Fountains,” “the Paris of the Plains”—will soon be the host to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC). Housing and registration for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Sept. 19-23, 2012, will open on March 1. For complete details, visit

Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the Crown Center, the city within a city, will offer attendees the luxurious accommodations of the Westin Kansas City and Sheraton Kansas City along with three levels of great shopping, dining and entertainment. Hotel rates start at $139.

JCLC is a conference for everyone! Emmy® winner Sonia Manzano, voted one of the most influential Hispanics by People en Espanol for her work playing Maria on "Sesame Street," will welcome attendees at the opening keynote. There will be numerous opportunities to network and socialize, including an opening reception at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library’s central branch. JCLC provides a unique setting for learning with three pre-conferences and more than 70 concurrent sessions in five tracks—Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration; Collections, Programs and Services; Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange; Leadership, Management and Organizational Development; and Technology and Innovation. Author luncheons will allow attendees to get up close and personal with award-winning authors, including Lauren Myracle and Sharon Flake, and a busy exhibit hall will feature the latest from library vendors and partners.

JCLC is sponsored by the five associations of ethnic librarians—the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

JCLC is an experience like no other. Learn more about JCLC by visiting See you in Kansas City!