Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ALA Annual Conference registration is open. Early bird rates end March 7

ALA Welcomes Global Library Professionals to its Annual Conference June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans!

In hundreds of programs at the American Library Association Annual Conference, you’ll learn about key issues  such as digital content and e-books, new technologies in libraries, innovation, leadership, library advocacy and promotion, cataloging and technical services, virtual libraries and archives, civic engagement, books and authors, and much more.

New Orleans, nicknamed “the Big Easy”, prides itself on its welcoming and friendly attitude. In the background of the Mississippi River, the city of New Orleans is world-renowned for its Jazz music, amazing cuisine, and exciting atmosphere. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa, it is one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations.  It is one of the favorite destinations for librarians.

Your ALA Annual Conference registration includes all this and more:
  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Preconferences offering in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception
Especially for international attendees, the International Relations Round Table has organized the following:

International Orientation – A special introduction to ALA, the conference, and the city of Chicago. ALA members will recommend programs and social activities to help you make the most of your conference experience.

International Posters – A showcase of innovative programs and library activities from across the globe.

International Papers – A scholarly exchange of ideas between U.S. librarians and our colleagues from other countries that fosters discussion and extends a global view of the library profession.

International Reception—A special evening reception will be held in your honor so you can meet other international guests as well as colleagues from the U.S.

International Visitor’s Center—A place where you can relax, review the conference program, or hold small meetings with new-found colleagues and friends. A computer with Internet access is provided, and ALA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Letter of Invitation:
If you need a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please send a request to the International Relations Office at

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