Annual Conference

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle Named a 2023 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Karleen Delaurier-Lyle has been selected as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Delaurier-Lyle serves as the Information Services Librarian at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus where she focuses on indigenous librarianship, library instruction, reference services, and critical indigenous literacy.

Rachel Wells Selected as a 2023 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Rachel Wells has been chosen as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Wells works as the Reference Librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York where she is responsible for answering reference questions related to all facets of baseball. She also works on collection development.

"I am humbled to be selected for the ALA Emerging Leaders Class of 2023," Wells said. "I'm ecstatic to work other members and to see what we can accomplish for ALA!"

Alexander Dodd Chosen as a 2023 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Alexander Dodd has been named as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Currently working as the Continuing Resources Librarian at the University Libraries at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, Dodd's areas of focus in libraries include open access and scholarly publishing.

"I'm very honored to have been chosen for the class of 2023, says Dodd. "I'm so excited to start working with all the other members of this year's cohort on some interesting and important topics facing the library world." 

Call for 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Program Proposals Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on August 8, 2022, for the 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to take place in Chicago, IL on June 22-27, 2023. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables, Committees, and Offices.

2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition ― library professionals reconnect to advance libraries

CHICAGO ― The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 141st Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., June 23-28. The onsite conference was attended by a global audience of more than 7,738 librarians, library workers, and library supporters and 5,431 exhibitors, authors, illustrators, press, and staff. The ALA Annual Conference Digital Experience hosted 834 virtual attendees.

Core Members Now Have Free Access to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services Sandbox

OCLC and Core are partnering to provide free access to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services sandbox, the test environment for the platform, that will allow Core members seeking professional development opportunities a chance to work hands-on with a cloud-based library management system.

The partnership was announced today during the Core President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

ALA Annual Conference Advisory

WASHINGTON, DC -- American Library Association (ALA) members and staff are continuing to monitor the situation related to today’s Supreme Court decision. While we grapple with the implications of this decision, our immediate priority is the safety of those attending the 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibits in Washington, D.C. Currently, protests are concentrated at the Supreme Court. Should the situation change, we will inform members. We encourage conference attendees to check social media for traffic and other updates to the shuttle schedule and programming as appropriate.   

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition to take place in Washington, D.C., June 23–28.

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will convene in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. Attendees will be informed and updated on trends, policies, best practices; motivated by celebrity speakers and thought-leaders; and entertained by top authors.

Highlights include:

Authors Jason Reynolds, Nancy Pearl join high schoolers to Unite Against Book Bans at world’s biggest library event in Washington, D.C., June 25

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Award-winning young adult author Jason Reynolds, Book Lust author Nancy Pearl and American Library Association (ALA) intellectual freedom advocate Deborah Caldwell-Stone will join Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, D.C.) students to make the case for defending the right to read—and the joy in claiming that right. The discussion will take place at the largest library event in the world, the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibitions, held in Washington, D.C., June 24-27. 

ALA Store at 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Located in the Library Marketplace at Booth #1833, the ALA Store will offer a wide range of promotional, continuing education, professional development, and gift items during the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. You can also get free shipping on all book orders placed and prepaid in the ALA Store (posters, bookmarks, and other gift-type items are not eligible for free shipping). Store hours are: