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When and where will the conference take place?
The conference will be Friday, January 20 through Tuesday, January 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Who should attend?
Librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students--anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.
Do I need to be a member of ALA to register?
No, you may register and attend the conference at the non-member rate. To learn more about membership, go to www.ala.org/membership/joinala
How do I register for a preconference?
To register for a preconference, you can include it with your initial registration or add it later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected].
Why do early bird and advance registration end at noon?
We have found that many people wait until the last minute to register or book their housing. We want to be sure we can have the proper staffing available to assist anyone who has questions or technical difficulties while registering or booking housing and this seems to be the best cut-off time to have those resources available.
What forms of payment does the onsite registration desk accept?
Onsite we accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
Does ALA have a code of conduct for its conferences?
Yes, a Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences is posted on each of ALA's conference websites.
Will there be any form of accommodations for attendees who require accessibility?
ALA is pleased to offer scooters and/or interpreter services for attendees at Annual Conference. Please visit the accessibility information page or contact the Conference Services Accessibility Hotline 312-280-3225 or email [email protected] for details.
What is the dress code?
Does ALA provide transportation from the hotels to the convention center?
Yes, ALA and Gale Cengage Learning provide complimentary shuttle services from the official ALA hotels to the convention center. Please visit the Shuttle Service page for more details.
Do you offer childcare at Midwinter Meeting?
ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, per family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting. You must provide a receipt for childcare. This covers only childcare in the parent’s hotel room or other residence in the meeting city (Atlanta) and does not include charges for children’s food and transportation or gratuities and transportation for the sitter. ALA will not reimburse childcare expenses to attendees who live within the Atlanta area that would be paid to the regular provider whether the parent was attending the Midwinter Meeting or not. Parents may contact their hotel childcare center/babysitting service where it is available or find one online. Reimbursement forms are available at the ALA Conference Services Desk and must be signed by the individual performing the childcare services and presented by the parent to the ALA Conference Services Desk by January 23, 2017. Please note that all reimbursement will be mailed out to the attendee following the conference.
Does ALA have an onsite store?
Award-Winning Products are at the ALA Store. Find the ALA Store in the convention center, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by!
Do you have a coat check?
Yes, coat check will be available in the convention center, please check back closer to conference for the drop-off location.
Does ALA provide a letter of attendance?
Yes, the letter can be accessed through your dashboard from your registration confirmation. An email containing your letter of attendance was also sent when you picked up your badge at registration.
Can non-members attend committee meetings?
Yes, non-members who are registered for the day of a committee meeting or for the full conference can attend any meeting not marked as "closed."
Will ALA be hosting Ignite Sessions? How do I submit?
Yes, ALA will be hosting Ignite sessions at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Please check back in mid-September for submission details.
Can I attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies if I have an Exhibits-Only pass?
No, only attendees registered for the conference itself can attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies.
Can Exhibits Only registrants attend author signings?
Any Exhibits Only registrant can attend any author signing in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Exhibits Only passes allow access to the exhibit floor Sat.,through Mon. only.
What is ALA's policy regarding wheeled devices on the Exhibit Floor?
Strollers and scooters are permitted on the exhibit floor as long as they are in use at all times. Wheeled carts, however, are not permitted at any time. If you have a medical condition requiring you to use a cart, please bring a doctor's note to the accessibility booth in the registration area.
Does ALA have any other tips for conference?
Yes, please click on the following link for general Safety Tips to follow while at conference and for general travel. Safety Tips
Does ALA have any other tips for conference?
Yes, please click on the following link for general Safety Tips to follow while at conference and for general travel. Safety Tips. Make the most of conference, especially if you’re a first-timer. First Timer. Job or employee seekers: Stay in touch with the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. JobLIST.