How to Submit a Session or Speaker

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions were introduced to the American Library Association at its 1982 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. They are an effective forum for the exchange of information and a means to communicate ideas, research, and programs.

Please visit the Poster Session Information Page for more details.


Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions

Conversation Starter and Ignite Sessions votes are being tallied, announcements will be made soon.

The 45 minute Conversation Starters take place in a lecture, panel, or discussion format. Conversation Starter sessions will take place throughout the day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

The Ignite Sessions are 5-minute presentations accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. There will be six Ignite sessions from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You can learn more about Ignite events on Wikipedia.

The proposals went through a public voting process that was weighted for 30% of the selection process (staff votes accounted for another 30%, while the remaining 40% was decided by an advisory group of ALA members).

The submission form closed at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. We'll send out notifications of acceptance in late April after the voting is over. 

Please don't hesitate to contact Alee Navarro [email protected] if you have any questions about the process.