For immediate release | January 11, 2017

ALA to host Town Hall: Library Advocacy and Core Values in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO – Library professionals from across America and the world will gather in Atlanta, Georgia for discussions on the future of library service, technology trends, advocacy, information policy, professional and leadership development, intellectual freedom and diversity, equity and inclusion. These discussions are part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, held from Jan. 20 – 24, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Over the last months, ALA members have expressed their concerns regarding the effects of the recent election on the positions and advocacy efforts of the Association. In order to continue this dialog, the ALA Executive Board invites ALA Council and the ALA membership to join a Town Hall style conversation on Sunday, January 22 from 9:30-11:00am in the GWCC Thomas Murphy Ballroom 3-4, immediately following the Council meeting I agenda. Although this session follows the first meeting of ALA’s governing council, all interested conference attendees are welcome to join this professionally facilitated session to share your feedback, concerns, ideas and aspirations for ALA.

Because libraries are a microcosm of the larger society, they play an important role in the communities that they serve and must seek to provide an inclusive environment where all are treated with respect and dignity. ALA wants to hear from you, as the strength of our organization is its diverse membership which reflects multiple viewpoints.

American Libraries will be streaming the town hall live at

The ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is an exciting professional conference that provides library staff from around the country an opportunity to discuss trends and challenges affecting libraries and their users. Attendees will have access to more than 2,400 meetings and more than 400 exhibitors that will showcase the latest innovative products for libraries and their users.

For more information regarding the ALA Midwinter Meeting events and presenters, please visit


Macey Morales

Deputy Director

American Library Association

Public Awareness Office

(312) 280-4393