ALA President Emily Drabinski to host ALA President’s Program at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/28/2024


Donna Hunter

Conference Marketing Specialist

Conference Services

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that ALA President Emily Drabinski will host the ALA President’s Program, featuring an esteemed panel of library practitioners, at the ALA 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding hotels in San Diego, California, June 27-July 2, 2024.

Join ALA President Emily Drabinski; Midwood High School librarian Christina Gavin; Dorchester Road branch manager Gerald B. Moore; adult services librarian Kathleen Nubel; and Aztec Public Library director Angela Watkins at the ALA President’s Program, The Heart of Our Story: A Celebration of Library Workers—a panel session. An invigorating panel session aimed to celebrate the profound influence library workers exert within their communities, highlighting their good work in big cities and rural communities, in the public eye, and just outside it.

ALA Annual Registration is open.

The 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition invites library professionals from around the world to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities, including the ALA President’s Program with ALA President Emily Drabinski; ALA division, chair, and round table sessions that will focus on the important topics and challenges that libraries face today; ALA leadership programs, ALA Governance sessions, and more. The event will host 175+ education programs, 700+ speakers/authors, and 650+ exhibitors.

The Library Marketplace will feature exhibitors showcasing innovative products, services, and titles; publishers that will host established and new authors on nine live stages; “Meet the Authors” and the “Autographing Area” allowing opportunities for attendees to chat with authors and have books signed; e-zine and maker spaces for creative projects; the Podcast Recording Booth, where authors will record podcasts, free advanced reading copies of books, ALA @ the Beach, and additional fun activities.

The ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer career coaching, Mentoring on the Fly, an Open House and Job Fair, photography services, resume reviews, and career guidance workshops.

San Diego is the 2024 ALA Annual host city and offers beautiful outdoor landscapes and weather, museums, restaurants, the San Diego Central Library, and other fun places to visit.

Visit the preliminary Conference Scheduler, with education and President & Chair programs, Ticketed Events, and exhibitors. Featured Speakers, leadership sessions, and activities will be added soon.

Get updates from the 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition and follow #ALAAC24 and social media at ALA Twitter/XALA Conferences Twitter/XALA Facebook, and Instagram

Media interested in registering for the session may contact the ALA Communications and Marketing Office at

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