American Library Association joins Informed Meetings Exchange

Contacts: Macey Morales

ALA Media Relations

Jason Ortiz

INMEX Media Relations


For Immediate Release

April 18, 2007

American Library Association joins Informed Meetings Exchange

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is the latest subscriber to the Informed Meetings Exchange (INMEX). INMEX closely researches and analyzes the hotel industry, and will provide information to the ALA that will support the association's efforts to share meeting and convention dollars with hotels that respect their workers and their collective bargaining rights.

"We are pleased to become a part of this innovative organization, and are certain that we will benefit from INMEX' comprehensive research services," said ALA executive director Keith Michael Fiels. "INMEX will be useful to the ALA because it will help ensure that we're holding our future meetings, conferences and conventions in locations that are free from labor disputes. By working with INMEX, we can make sure that the dollars we spend on hotels will go to corporations that are respectful of the collective bargaining rights of their workers."

ALA conferences generate approximately $45 million annually in economic impact for destination cities. With the addition of the ALA, INMEX now has 200 subscribers who spend over $300 million annually on meetings and conventions, and whose economic impact to the destination cities where they do business exceeds $700 million.

"The ALA is one of the largest and most respected organizations in the world," said John Stephens, Chairman of the INMEX Board of Directors. "Obviously, we're proud to have them as subscribers, and we look forward to working with their staff on their future meetings and conventions. Having a group like the ALA subscribe to INMEX really speaks to the value of the service we provide to our subscribers."

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 64,000 members. ALA's mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. For more information about the ALA, please visit

Founded in June of 2006, INMEX works closely with meeting planners and executives of labor, academic, religious, non-profit, political, advocacy and trade associations to ensure they are spending their meetings and conventions dollars with hotel companies that broadly respect their workers rights. For more information on upcoming INMEX events, publications and trainings for meeting professionals, or to become an INMEX subscriber, visit our