ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Press Kit



The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws thousands of leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors from the library and information industry for meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits. 

Press interested in registering for ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Virtual press credentials are encouraged to review the ALA's Media Credential Policy and  Statement of Appropriate Conduct



Dr. Jill Biden
Closing Session Speaker

Monday, January 25, 2021 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CT
ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. will sit down with Dr. Jill Biden to discuss her work as a community college instructor and literacy advocate.

Press Releases

Jill Biden to bring ALA Midwinter Virtual to a close

ALA Midwinter Virtual, Jan. 22-26, offers an exciting lineup of activities, speakers

American Library Association announces 2021 Midwinter Meeting will be Virtual

More conference news here.. 

Conference Highlights

American Library Association Youth Media Awards      American Library Association Youth Media Awards Medals: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King  

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.  Selections will be announced on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. 


Each year, 10 librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding public service.  The award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries who transform lives and improve communities. Hear from the winners and learn their inspiring stories about the power of libraries and librarians. This event is free and open to all registered attendees on Saturday, January 23, 2021.


Featured Speakers 

Youth Media Awards

I Love My Librarian Award 


Media Contacts: 

Macey Morales, Deputy Director, Communications and Marketing Office, ALA, 312-280-4393

Steve Zalusky, Communications Specialist, , 312-280-1546