Education and Meetings

  • Diversity-Related Events and Programs at the 2016 Annual Conference

    This preliminary list, maintained by the ALA Committee on Diversity, will help you start planning.  You can also access a dynamic version of the list, including a quick link to updates.

  • Ignite Sessions and Conversation Starters

    Special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what's working in their libraries and beyond. Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they're most passionate about in the library world, and inspire the audience to join them. Each five minute Ignite talk is accompanied by 20 slides, each displayed for 15 seconds,with slides advancing automatically. 

    Click here for more Ignite and Conversation Starter details and on presenting at ALA

  • Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

    Back by popular demand, the "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the day from Saturday through Monday. Many will offer a chance to meet the film's writer, director, or subjects. Stop by, snack, and view a film sure to intrigue.

  • Networking Uncommons

    Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It's a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, polish your presentation, follow up on a discussion, or just recharge your batteries. The area features tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead-otherwise just show up. During open times, the area is up for grabs, although it's big enough that multiple groups can use it at once, even when someone has scheduled something. You can also check the topics each day to see what interests you.

    Click here to learn more about the Networking Uncommons!

  • Kitchen Table Conversations

    Don't miss your chance to be at the "kitchen table" for conversations with others in the ALA community (members, staff, attendees, external allies, and partners) to dig into our shared aspirations for ALA. Everyone is welcome; these conversations help us all understand how others see things and are an important step in having your voice heard as we look at how we can collaborate and create together. Sign up now to join one of these conversations (and of course you can change your mind later) or volunteer to help with facilitation and note-taking. 

  • Unconference and Library Camp

    Join the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what you've learned at the conference.

    The Unconference takes place on Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm and is a growing participant-guided event, bringing the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference.

    Round out your experience at the end-of-conference Library Camp on Monday. Attendees wil get together to talk about anything library or conference related with a focus on reflecting on what inspired you at the conference. Come prepared to share your experiences and/or lead an informal discussion on a topic of your choice. Everyone is welcome!

  • Think Fit @ ALA

    Sustainability and ‘green’ efforts are increasing throughout the events and hospitality industry. ‘Thinking Fit’ by minimizing our negative impact on the environment, ALA encourages you to keep an eye out for our environmentally friendly activities, as well as those of our vendors and other partners.