ALA Virtual Press Kit

ALA Virtual Event

Important Information about the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition related to Coronavirus COVID-19.

The American Library Association has made the difficult decision to cancel its Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30, 2020, in Chicago. The association will now offer ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection.

The event will feature a portfolio of more than 50 educational sessions, including COVID-19 related information pertinent to libraries; live chat opportunities with authors and speakers; an exhibitor showcase with more than 500 participating exhibitors; and presentations in an on-demand format from book publishers on forthcoming book titles. 

Press Releases 

ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection registration opens

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and Author Misty Copeland to Open First-Ever ALA Virtual Event on June 24, 2020

Mark your calendar, ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24-26, 2020

American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

Featured Speakers 

Misty Copeland Image

Misty Copeland,  Opening Session, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 10 - 11 AM

Sophia Thakur Image

Sophia Thakur, Featured Speaker, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1 - 1:30 PM

Matthew Cordell Image

Matthew Cordell, Featured Speaker, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 3:30 - 4 PM

Sonia Manzano Image

Sonia Manzano, Featured Speaker, Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2 - 2:30 PM


Special thanks to ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection sponsors 

Platinum Sponsors

EBSCO Information Services

Gales, a Cengage Company


Gold Sponsors



EBSCO Springer Nature

Silver Sponsor



Media Registration 

Those requesting media registration must be currently employed by a news publication or organization. Each organization is limited to no more than five media representatives, except newsletters, which are limited to one. Account representatives, sales executives, book authors, and engineers do not meet the criteria for media registration. You must fall under one of the following to receive media registration:

Business and Trade Publications/News Wire Services
Reporters and editors from magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and wire services must provide a business card. Contributing editors and reporters must verify they have been retained to cover ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection by presenting a letter of assignment.

Television and Radio
Broadcast reporters and producers from news organizations must provide a business card and a letter of assignment.

Freelance Writers
Freelance writers must verify they have been retained to cover the ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection by presenting a letter of assignment.

Online Publications
Reporters from online publications must provide a letter of assignment. The web site must contain editorial content and cover library issues. Personal web pages and blogs will not be accepted.

Newsletter reporters must verify they have been retained to cover the ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection by presenting a letter of assignment. Newsletter publications will be limited to one media representative.

Media interested in registration, should forward all supporting materials to Macey Morales, deputy director, Communications and Marketing Office , mmorales@ala.orgMedia registration will close on June 16, 2020, noon CT.

Social Media Channels 


Media Contacts: 

Macey Morales, Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing Office, ALA, 312-280-4393
Steve Zalusky, Communications Specialist, , 312-280-1546