For immediate release | January 10, 2013

Program proposals for 2013 ALA Virtual Conference accepted through Feb. 17

CHICAGO — Do you have a creative approach to share? Did you enhance an existing service? Have you launched a new project that has transformed service at your library? The 2013 ALA Virtual Conference will focus on important issues for “Mapping Transformation” on July 24-25, 2013, and you can be part of it. Submit your proposal for an engaging 45-minute program by the end of the day on Sunday, Feb 17, 2013.

We’re looking for dynamic presenters to move the needle forward for the profession. If that’s you, this is your chance to inspire others by submitting a proposal to present at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference. Topic areas of interest include:

  • Community Relationships
  • Customer & User Expectations
  • E-Books & Collections
  • Digital Content
  • Library Workforce
  • Library Leadership Expectations – Staff and Boards
  • Physical Space
  • Services
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Virtual Space

This year’s Virtual Conference will feature a full series of interactive virtual sessions providing insights from experts, offering opportunities for conversation around key issues related to transforming libraries and highlighting innovations you can take back to your own library. Each day will include keynote speakers, sessions, and--back by popular demand--30-minute author lunches hosted by Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman.

Hundreds of engaged librarians attended the 2012 event and made comments in the post-event survey such as, “One of the best distance workshops I’ve ever attended"; “Great content in a convenient place"; “Interesting topics, new perspectives, great speakers"; “The price was reasonable, the content was outstanding"; “Very inexpensive for a good lineup of events"; and “Excellent all-around.”

This interactive professional development opportunity is ideal for those who can’t attend ALA Annual Conference as well as those who are ready for more. Registration opens May 1, 2013. Individual registration will be $70 for ALA members, $80 for non-members. Group registration will be $325 for ALA members and $350 non-members. For questions in the meantime, contact us at


Lindsay Rosales

Conference Coordinator

Conference Services

1-800-545-2433 ext. 3227