For immediate release | March 11, 2024

ALA Executive Board decision on LibLearnX

CHICAGO - After careful evaluation and analysis of financial and other critical factors, the American Library Association Executive Board has decided that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience will not be held in 2026.

As ALA looks ahead, efforts are underway to determine how best to present some of the most beloved celebratory events traditionally held at the January conference: the I Love My Librarian Awards; the RUSA Book & Media Awards, which features the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration; and the Youth Media Awards.

In the process of transitioning, the American Library Association will consult with the respective committees, round tables, and member leaders. Their valuable insights and perspectives will be integral in shaping the direction of these events. This collaborative approach underscores ALA's commitment to inclusivity and responsiveness to the diverse voices within its membership and esteem for the history and impact of this work. The board is actively thinking about the experiences and value ALA provides to its members.

Stay tuned for further updates as the board works to redefine and elevate members’ shared experiences for years to come.

The Executive Board affirmed that LibLearnX will be held Jan. 24-27, 2025, in Phoenix as planned. Watch for more details and mark your calendars for next January.

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