For immediate release | May 24, 2016

Conversation Starters, Ignite Sessions, and Poster Sessions announced for 2016 Annual Conference

Offering special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what’s working in their libraries and beyond, Poster Sessions, Conversation Starters, and Ignite Sessions for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference have been confirmed. The sessions will be held throughout the conference in the Orange County Convention Center Room W414CD.

Poster Sessions include descriptions of innovative library programs, analyses of practical problem-solving efforts, reports of research studies and more. During their assigned time slots on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26, between 10:30am and 4:00pm, the poster creators informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees in the Exhibit Hall. The topics covered vary widely, including distance learning and services, trends and forecasting, transforming libraries, technology, emerging technologies, electronic resources, library marketing, and international libraries.

Public voting for Conversation Starter talks and Ignite Sessions again tipped the balance in selecting the ones that showcase your colleagues’ newest passions and innovations during the 2016 Annual Conference. The emerging topics, trends, and innovations addressed include community engagement, youth services, technology, outreach services, welcoming refugees, popular culture, creativity, marketing, social media, games and gaming, engaging in ALA, and many more.

Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they’re most passionate about in the library world, and inspire the audience to join them. Each five-minute Ignite talk is accompanied by 20 slides, each displayed for 15 seconds before advancing automatically. The public votes counted for 30% of the selection process; staff votes accounted for another 30%; the remaining 40% were an advisory group of ALA members.

Titles, descriptions, locations, and times are available in the conference scheduler using the links provided.

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2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

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Resources to make your case for attending


Alicia (Alee) Navarro

Meeting Coordinator

Conference Services