Free “Unconference” to be held at 2009 ALA Annual Conference

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

February 11, 2009

Are you interested in attending a conference program where you have a hand in determining the topics discussed? Have you always wondered what really goes on at an unconference? As part of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives, 75 conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free Unconference at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Unconference is a full-day conference program where every attendee is an active participant and determines what will be discussed that day. The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Attendees will collaborate online prior to the Unconference to identify topics they are interested in presenting to the group or on which they are interested in facilitating a discussion. Everyone will be both teacher and learner, discussing the topics of most interest to them.

Registration for this program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be included. Visit the Unconference page on the ALA Annual 2009 Wiki,, for details. Everyone will contribute, but everyone will gain more from the experience than what they contribute!