FAQ

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Registration

  1. Do I need to be a member of ALA to register for an exhibits-only pass?
    No, you do not need to be a member of ALA in order to register for an exhibits-only pass.
  2. Do I need to be a member of ALA to register for full Annual Conference & Exhibition registration?
    No, you may register and attend the conference at the non-member rate. To learn more about membership, go to www.ala.org/membership/joinala
  3. Who should attend?
    Librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students--anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.
  4. What forms of payment does the onsite registration desk accept?
    Onsite we accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
  5. How do I register for a preconference?
    To register for a preconference, you can include it with your initial registration or add it later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected].

Onsite

  1. Where is the Annual Conference taking place?
    The conference will be hosted at the Orange County Convention Center.
  2. What is the dress code for the conference?
    Business casual
  3. Will there be any form of accommodations for attendees that require accessibility?
    ALA is pleased to offer scooters and/or interpreter services for attendees at Annual Conference. Please click here for details or contact Alicia Navarro at [email protected].
  4. Does ALA have a code of conduct for its conferences?
    Yes, a Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences is posted on each of ALA's conference websites.
  5. What are your tips for staying cool? Try the 4 L's: 

    Layers – Dress in layers, as you will be moving from the heat outside to the cool in meeting rooms and hotels.

    Liquid – Drink plenty of “good” fluids; there will be water stations in the hotels and convention center.

    Lighten – Lighten your load, and don’t carry extra stuff with you as you’ll likely be walking a lot. Plan your day for what you will need.

    Leisurely – Walk at a leisurely pace whether you are inside or out. Check out the Think Fit signpost near the entrance to the exhibit hall for walking times and distances around the ALA campus.

  6. Do you offer childcare at Annual Conference & Exhibition?
    ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, per family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Annual Conference. You must provide a receipt for childcare. This covers only childcare in the parent’s hotel room or other residence in the meeting city (Orlando) and does not include charges for children’s food and transportation or gratuities and transportation for the sitter. ALA will not reimburse childcare expenses to attendees who live within the Orlando area that would be paid to the regular provider whether the parent was attending the Annual Conference or not. Parents may contact their hotel childcare center/babysitting service where it is available or find one online. Reimbursement forms are available at the ALA Conference Services Desk and must be signed by the individual performing the childcare services and presented by the parent to the ALA Conference Services Desk by Monday, June 27, 2016. Please note that all reimbursement will be mailed out to the attendee following the conference.

Sessions

  1. Can non-committee members attend committee meetings?
    Yes, anyone who is registered for the day of a committee meeting or for the full conference can attend any meeting that is not marked as "closed."
  2. Can non-ALA members attend committee meetings?
    Yes, non-ALA members who are registered for the day of a committee meeting or for the full conference can attend any meeting not marked as "closed."
  3. Can I attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies if I have an Exhibits-Only pass?
    No, only attendees registered for the conference itself can attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies.
  4. Will Annual Conference 2016 host Ignite Sessions and Conversation Starters? How do I submit?
    Yes, Annual Conference 2016 will be hosting Ignite Sessions and Conversation Starters. Please Click Here for details on these sessions.
  5. How do I create a schedule of events to attend onsite?
    ALA members can log in to the Conference Scheduler once available to get started adding sessions to their schedule. Non-ALA members need to make sure they have an ALA account set up so they can use with the Conference Scheduler.

In the Exhibits

  1. What is ALA's policy regarding children on the Exhibit Floor?
    Strollers are permitted on the exhibit floor but only if there is a child in them at all times. Unescorted children are not permitted on the exhibit floor. Children under the age of five must be under control at all times (stroller, pack, etc.). Any child over the age of five must have an Exhibits Only badge to be admitted to the exhibit floor. These badges are available at onsite registration for $60. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16.
  2. What is ALA's policy regarding wheeled devices on the Exhibit Floor?
    Strollers and scooters are permitted on the exhibit floor as long as they are in use at all times. Wheeled carts, however, are not permitted at any time. If you have a medical condition requiring you to use a cart, please bring a doctor's note to the accessibility booth in the registration area.
  3. Can Exhibits-Only registrants attend author signings?
    Any Exhibits-Only registrant can attend any author signing in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Other

  1. Does ALA provide transportation from the hotels to the convention center?
    Yes, ALA and Gale Cengage Learning provide complimentary shuttle services from the official ALA hotels to the convention center. Dates, times and routes can be found in the Hotels & Travel section.
  2. Does ALA have any other tips for conference?
    Yes, please click on the following link for general Safety Tips to follow while at conference and for general travel. Safety Tips. Make the most of conference, especially if you’re a first-timer. First Timer. Job or employee seekers: Stay in touch with the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. JobLIST.
  3. I need a letter of attendance for my records. If you attended the ALA 2016 Annual Conference and need a letter of attendance, you'll find a general letter of attendance here.
  4. Are recordings of conference sessions available? The link to recorded sessions will be sent to full registrants of the Annual Conference approximately 6 weeks after the end of the conference.
  5. Can we get discounted tickets to Orlando area attractions, restaurants, and for transportation?  Get discounted tickets and information for parks, other attractions, restaurants, and transportation at this special site set up for Annual Conference attendees by the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau.