For immediate release | October 1, 2015

Registration, housing now open for 2016 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open at for 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, offering the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, innovators and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Highlights include:

“News You Can Use.” Sessions focusing on the latest updates from experts on public policy, ebooks and digital content, technology, community engagement, accessibility, LIS research, library user and book industry data, RDA and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/ regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data. Providers include ALA divisions and offices and a wide range of other organizations.

President’s Program with Senator Cory Booker, Auditorium Speaker Series, ERT/Booklist Author Forum, Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Lizzie Velasquez, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration with Mary Frances Berry and a special closing session with Chelsea Clinton. These and other events and sessions feature inspiring speakers who are thought leaders, industry icons, technology innovators, award-winning and bestselling authors, library-loving entertainers and more.

A packed exhibit hall with over 450 organizations featuring the latest in books, technologies and services; PopTop Stage, What's Cooking @ ALA Stage and Book Buzz theater showcasing the hottest authors, illustrators and titles; ARCS and book signings; and more.

Dozens of formal and informal networking opportunities. ALA Midwinter Meeting once again offers dozens of formal and informal opportunities to engage, learn and network, from the “kitchen-table” type conversations with a focus on your aspirations for ALA as your professional community to Networking Uncommons, Unconference and Library Camp.


  • 100s of discussions and other sessions on trending topics
  • ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, the year’s most anticipated awards for books and media for youth
  • Book and Media Awards announcements including for the first time at Midwinter the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
  • ALA Masters and Ignite Sessions—your colleagues’ innovations
  • Midwinter Institutes offering in-depth professional development, and new Deep Dive workshops.
  • ALA JobLIST Placement Center connecting job seekers and employers, and offering free career counseling

2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits: The conversation starts here . . .

Registration and housing for ALA Midwinter Meeting are open at

Early bird registration—offering the best rates—is open until noon (Central) November 11. Advance registration is then open through noon (Central) Jan 4, 2016. Annual Conference registration and housing open noon (Central), Jan. 19, 2016.

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Alicia Babcock

Registration and Housing Specialist

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