Important Information about the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Cancellation.

As the American Library Association (ALA) continues to monitor COVID-19, our number one priority is the general health of the library community. As you know, the ALA Executive Board recently made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 25-30, 2020 in Chicago.  

We understand that our members, presenters, and the library community are wondering about our specific plans. Our commitment to serve librarians and library workers remains our top priority.

Our Summer 2020 online event,  ALA Virtual, Community Through Connection has officially been announced and will take place on June 24-26, 2020. The event format, specific content, and other details will be announced soon. For updates, be sure to bookmark the new website and follow #alavirtual20. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please visit the ALA pandemic preparedness resource page for more information about how libraries can be community partners in response to this outbreak. Find additional information on how libraries can continue to serve their communities during these unprecedented times in the American Libraries Magazine.

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ALA holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each Summer. As the world's biggest library event, it brings together more than 20,000 librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors.

Important announcements and updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that majorly impact libraries, their roles, and their ongoing transformation.

     Why you should attend:

  • 100s of top authors and unforgettable speakers
  • 900+ expert exhibitors, new products, services, and titles
  • Quality and scope of programs, topics, and formats
  • Fun stuff that sparks innovation and tons of socializing events
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