Annual Conference

Goal-oriented education, intellectual freedom, literacy, and community care at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO ― The American Library Association (ALA) hosted the 142nd Annual Conference & Exhibition in its hometown of Chicago, Illinois, June 22-27, 2023. The onsite conference gathered an audience of more than 9,107 librarians, library workers, and library supporters and 6,375 exhibitors, authors, illustrators, press, and staff from around the world. The ALA Annual Conference Digital Experience hosted 369 virtual attendees.

ALA Welcomes FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits Initiative

WASHINGTON – In a speech at the American Library Association’s annual conference, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced she is proposing a rulemaking to use the FCC’s E-Rate program to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots so that school and public libraries can lend them out to patrons and students for home use.

ALA Store at 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Located near the entrance to the Library Marketplace, the ALA Store will offer a wide range of posters, bookmarks, clothing, gift books and more during the 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Store hours are:

•    Friday, June 23: 12:00pm – 5:30pm 
•    Saturday, June 24: 8:30am – 5:00pm
•    Sunday, June 25: 8:30am – 5:00pm
•    Monday, June 26: 8:30am – 2:00pm

PLA programs and events at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will host more than 20 programs, two preconferences, and a President’s Coffee Catch-up during the 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, at the McCormick Place Convention Center and surrounding hotels in Chicago, Ill., June 22–27.

Core President's Program features Angela Saini

Headshot of Angela Saini.CHICAGOJoin Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 4 p.m.

ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada to host Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and author Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at the ALA President's Program

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has announced that ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada will host award-winning filmmaker and author Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition ALA President’s Program, June 22-27, 2023 in Chicago. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

#1 Bestselling author, poet, and advocate Amanda Gorman and award-winning artist Christian Robinson to close ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that presidential inaugural poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christian Robinson will close the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, 2023, in Chicago. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Bestselling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and acclaimed Maysoon Zayid presenting at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association announced that best-selling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and actress, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will present at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, 2023, in Chicago.  Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

AASL President’s Program Brings Together “Freedom to Read Ambassadors”

CHICAGO – Kathy Lester, AASL President, will convene a panel of Freedom to Read Ambassadors for a conversation on why it is important for all learners to have access to a wide variety of books and information.