For immediate release | June 21, 2022

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to take place in Washington, D.C., June 23–28.

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will convene in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. Attendees will be informed and updated on trends, policies, best practices; motivated by celebrity speakers and thought-leaders; and entertained by top authors.

Highlights include:

In the ALA Opening General Session, ALA President Patricia "Patty" Wong will host a conversation with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on policymaking and insights into current issues central to the core values of libraries, from net neutrality to challenges and solutions to close the digital divide.

In a special message to library professionals, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will discuss the role of libraries and librarians in the misinformation age. Dr. Hayden is the first woman and first African American to lead the national library. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama.

In the ALA Closing General Session, author Luvvie Ajayi Jones will be in conversation with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. They will discuss Ajayi Jones' book, “RISING TROUBLEMAKER: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens.”

In the ALA Leadership Reading and Panel Session: Defending the Fifth Freedom: Protecting the Right to Read for Incarcerated Individuals, panelists will discuss book and digital access for those who have been incarcerated.

Other speakers include actors Tiffany Haddish and John Cho, journalist Maria Hinojosa, and authors Celeste Ng, Kevin Eastman, and R.L. Stine.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our priority. ALA is tracking the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is working with suppliers in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage and other services. See the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page that will be regularly updated should changes occur.

About the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

ALA Annual invites library professionals at all career levels and from all library types to engage in professional development opportunities, including more than 160 education sessions, and to access the latest insights from experts on policy, research, and technology at News You Can Use sessions. More than 12 thought leaders and celebrity speakers will share insights on the main stage.

The Conference Scheduler includes a variety of education sessions and programs organized by ALA Divisions and Units. It will be updated with new agenda content as we move toward the conference.

New this year at ALA Annual is The Digital Experience. Registrants for this virtual offering will have access to 42 education sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions, and four main stage speakers, which will be live-streamed directly from the conference in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Digital Experience includes on-demand content for the 60 sessions through August 31, 2022.

The Library Marketplace will feature more than 550 exhibitors of innovative products and services. Publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other onsite features include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, the Live at the 25 Podcast booth, free advanced reading copies of books, and more.

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About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


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