Call Number Podcast: ALA Goes (Back) to Washington

Episode 72 takes on ALA's 2022 Annual Conference

June 13, 2022

ALA Goes (Back) to Washington

In less than two weeks, the American Library Association’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place in Washington, D.C.—the first in-person Annual Conference since the pandemic began. In Episode 72, we’re gearing up to be together again in the nation’s capital.

First, American Libraries Associate Editor and Call Number host Diana Panuncial speaks with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and 2003–2004 ALA president. Hayden shares her favorite places to eat in Washington, D.C., as well as museums and exhibits that conference attendees should try to see when they’re in town.

Next, ALA staffers share their top tips for attending Annual.

Finally, Sallyann Price, American Libraries associate editor, chats with Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets, a local restaurant where art, culture, and politics intersect—along with community and good food.

In our next episode, we’ll share author interviews with past Newbery Medal winners in honor of the award’s centennial. We’d like to know: What Newbery Medal–winning book is your favorite and why? Email us your answer at or leave us a voicemail at 312-280-4216, and your submission could be featured in our next episode.

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2022 Annual Conference Preview

2022 Annual Conference Preview

ALA members come together again in Washington, D.C.

Image features the many books that have won the Newbery Medal over the last 100 years in a colorful, grid-like pattern.

A Celebration of the Newbery Medal

Stories honor 100 years of the children’s book award