2015 ALA Annual Must-Dos

San Francisco, June 25–30

May 7, 2015

2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

Focus on the future

As community centers and tech­nology hubs, libraries are always ­forward-focused. ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries presents various sessions concentrated on the ­Library of the Future. Hear experts from Google, Steelcase, and the Long Now Foundation discuss trends in ­libraries and the latest on innovative learning, online search, and literacy.

Catch the speakers

The conference starts on a high note at the Opening General Session (June 26) when litigator Roberta Kaplan offers insights into how the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how the law got overturned 17 years later, and how change can be made through the legal system. Hear from bestselling authors and experts from film, journalism, and pop culture, including Haifaa al-Mansour, Edwidge Danticat, Joshua Davis, Sonia Manzano, Nick Offerman, Gloria Steinem, and Sarah Vowell. Don’t miss Sarah Lewis at the ALA President’s Program, as well as thought leaders like danah boyd, Eli Neiburger, and Maryanne Wolf at the division presidents’ programs.

Professional development

Continue the conversation on the transformation of libraries and your profession at:

  • Preconferences and more than 500 programs, discussions, and sessions covering digital content and ebooks, technology in libraries, innovation, books and authors, transformation, leadership, ​library advocacy, community engagement, and library marketing.
  • Look for the many informal peer-to-peer opportunities such as the Unconference (June 26) and Library Camp (June 29) where you can explore ideas, share inspirations, and reflect with your colleagues.
  • Networking Uncommons: A Wi-Fi-enabled space for impromptu sessions, follow-up conversations, and small get-togethers.

Book pride

Awards and honors
The Pride Parade won’t be the only pomp and circumstance in San Francisco this June. Award celebrations include the fourth year of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Awards Banquet, Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast, Stonewall Book Awards Event, Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon, and Michael L. Printz Program and Reception.

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Enhance your experience
Be present for the installation of Sari Feldman as the new ALA president and the new 2015–2016 division presidents at the Inaugural Brunch (June 30).

Need a break from stimulating conversations and networking opportunities? Stretch out and relax in the Think Fit Meditation Room (June 27–29).

Exhibit hall

Visit the publishers, Book Buzz Theater, and PopTop Stage to meet and hear from authors, get books signed, and pick up ARCs; chat about the latest products and services with more than 900 exhibitors; glean useful tips and info from the poster sessions; indulge at the What’s Cooking @ ALA Demo Stage; enjoy the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage; stop by the Gaming Lounge to explore resources for your library programs; check out the DVD/Video Pavilion for a showcase of recorded materials for libraries of all types; see work by and meet the artists and illustrators behind your favorite comics, games, and graphic novels and see their work in Artist Alley; and close out your conference by celebrating at the Wrap Up/Rev Up (June 29).

Stay connected and informed

Check out the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler to receive updates, plan and organize your conference time, get tailored recommendations, and create a shareable calendar. Look for the mobile app of the Conference Scheduler on May 14.

Show your pride

With LGBT Pride Month in June, ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition coincides with the 45th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, on June 27–28. The tagline this year is “Equality without exception,” a belief that ALA shares.

The events are sure to add an extra layer of excitement for attendees, but here is some logistical information to keep in mind.
All the available slots for ALA Annual Conference attendees to participate with the San Francisco Public Library in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. were rapidly filled.

Many streets will be closed at times during the day. Anticipating that the city will be very busy, ALA has reduced the number of properties needed to hold meetings. In addition to the three buildings of the Moscone Convention Center, only six other hotel properties will be used for meetings. ALA has also reduced the number of shuttle bus routes and will increase the number of buses on each route. Be sure to plan extra travel time in your schedule on Sunday whether riding a bus or walking.

Special activities will also be scheduled in the exhibit hall throughout the day on Sunday. Kicking off Show Your Pride in the Exhibits will be a free continental breakfast in the exhibits from 9:30–10:30 a.m. Exhibitors will provide special giveaways and bring in authors and promotions as part of the celebration. Additionally, the exhibits will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday to help relieve outbound shuttle traffic from the convention center. Visit alaac15.ala.org/pride-week for up-to-date information. For more on the San Francisco Pride celebration, visit sfpride.org.


Courtney L. Young

Libraries for All Seasons

Advocating and celebrating libraries and library workers

Keith Michael Fiels

The Advocacy Continuum

Building a framework that helps all of the parts work better together