No other event in the world offers a better opportunity to learn about current issues and trends in library and information science and technology than the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Throughout the conference, attendees participate in events, hear inspiring speakers, and learn from thought leaders and colleagues at more than 200 programs and in-depth sessions. Topics covered include digital content, innovation, the library of the future, transformation, emerging trends, best practices, community engagement, leadership, and many more. You will also have an opportunity to visit more than 250 exhibitors in the world’s largest library-focused virtual marketplace each highlighting new services, technologies, books, and products to improve your library and support your personal career development.
ALA Conference Media Credential Policy
Those requesting media registration must be currently employed by a news publication or organization and provide a letter of assignment on company letterhead. Press members interested in registering for press credentials are welcome to forward a letter of assignment to Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Communications and Marketing Office at email@example.com for processing and review.
*** Unfortunately media credentials will not provide free access to ticketed events ***
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Each morning, read the Daily Scoop for highlights from the prior day and exciting sessions coming up. And American Libraries gives you great conference coverage (updated daily)!
- Former President of the United States Barack Obama will headline ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) Closing Session
- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones and Isabel Wilkerson announced as ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition featured speakers
- Trisha Yearwood announced as featured speaker at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
- Billie Jean King, Charles Person, and Eve L. Ewing announced as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
- Padma Lakshmi, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Melissa de la Cruz announced as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
- Dr. Leana Wen, Savala Nolan Trepczynski, Judy Tyrus and Paul Novosel to appear as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
- Stanley Tucci and Areli Morales to appear as featured speakers at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)
2021 celebrations and a look back on past celebrations
Social Media Channels
Press members also can stay in touch and get updates through the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) website alaannual.org and follow the hashtag #alaac21 and social media: Instagram, ALA Twitter, and ALA Facebook.