program_exhibit_directoryDownload the Program & Exhibit Directory (34KB PDF) or use the online Annual Scheduler.

ALA Annual Conference programs, updates, conversations, and other events cover key issues such as digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and hundreds of authors, leadership, library advocacy, community engagement, and library marketing. There’s also a wide range of networking opportunities and fun events. Don’t miss out! Some selected preliminary highlights follow, but the full program is available in the Annual Scheduler.

ALA Annual Conference attendees can look forward to:


Check out the wide range of Preconferences and continuing education opportunities offered by ALA divisions, office, and round tables.


Visit In the Exhibit Hall for more details about items already planned. 

Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens on Friday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and Chicago dignitaries. The Exhibits Opening includes food, drink, and entertainment through the exhibit hall, giving exhibitors and attendees their first chance to network as the exhibits kick off.

Exhibits Closing & Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration

Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Start in the Exhibit Hall where exhibitors will offer discounts and special giveaways in their booths. The Exhibits Closing will be followed by the Wrap Up/Rev Up party, which will feature raffle prizes and fun.

Wrap Up/Rev Up
Monday, July 1, 2:00-3:00pm
McCormick Place S100
Janis Ian

janis_ianJoin two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian as we wrap up in Chicago and rev up for 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

"Libraries and librarians saved my life, truly, and I would not be the person, or writer, I am without them," says Ian, who started playing the piano at age two and is now in her fifth decade of writing songs (and other poetry and prose)and performing. She recently beat out President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rachel  Maddow, and Ellen DeGeneres for the 2013 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her audiobook “Society’s Child.” In her acceptance speech, she said, “We artists are the last alchemists, pulling your dreams, your hopes, your deepest desires out of thin air, and turning them into something you can hear, and play, and sing.”

Since she released her first album in 1967 at age 16 and got her first of nine Grammy nominations, Ian’s career has included numerous highlights, awards, gold and platinum albums, global chart-toppers, albums inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She has also endured some stormy times, and says of her early career, “I wrote my first song at 12. Was published at 13. Made a record at 14, had a hit at 15, and was a has-been at 16.” She was the musical guest on the very first episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and studied theater with Stella Adler. Following the success of her autobiography, she is expanding her literary horizons with a children’s book based on her song, “The Tiny Mouse” (Lemniscaat Publishing, Fall 2013). Her music now appears on her own label, Rude Girl Records.

You can start Wrap Up/Rev Up celebrations any time on Monday in the Exhibit Hall with discount sales and special giveaways in exhibitors’ booths.

Award-Winning Products at the ALA Store

Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1224, on the main aisle and adjacent to the ALA/Membership Pavilion—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!


steven levitt

Opening General Session, Keynote Speaker
Friday, June 28
4:00-5:15 pm

Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the upcoming Think Like A Freak and of the smash #1 international bestseller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, promises to turn your brain inside out before the conference even starts. He’s likely get your problem-solving juices flowing to the benefit of you and your library, showing how applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask, but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Think Like A Freak (October 2013), a “must-have handbook for decision making,” intends to radically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create, and the morals we choose and show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. They also offer entertaining and practical insights, from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed—With No Talent.” 

Steven Levitt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, known for his work in the field of crime,  and was co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. In January, 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline.  He was chosen as one of Timemagazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006 and in 2009, co-founded The Greatest Good, a business and philanthropy consulting company.

Levitt’s presentation is part of the conference’s Opening General Session, where ALA President Maureen Sullivan and others welcome attendees and set the stage for the coming days.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers

Auditorium Speaker Series

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear speakers such as bestselling authors Khaled Hosseini and Temple Grandin, Congressman John Lewis, and other leading authors, thought-leaders, and experts from adult and youth fiction, technology, and popular culture at these stimulating general sessions at key points throughout the Annual Conference schedule.

jaron_lanierAuditorium Speaker Series Jaron Lanier
Saturday, June 29

The revolutionary ways in which technology has transformed our culture have also transformed and continue to transform libraries. Bestselling author of “You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, Jaron Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict these changes for decades.

Lanier kicks off the Auditorium Speaker Series talking about his visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy, asserting that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class—an argument laid out in his new book, “Who Owns the Future?” Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth, challenges that affect libraries and librarians in a multitude of ways. Lanier charts an alternative to allowing technology to own our future, outlining a path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow, making the point that he considers it time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.

The ideas and questions in “Who Owns the Future?” are insightful and provocative for everyone who lives a part of their lives online—which surely includes every ALA Annual Conference attendee. 

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Khaled_HosseiniAuditorium Speaker Khaled Hosseini
Saturday, June 29

Everyone will be reading, recommending, and talking this season about Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, his first new novel in more than six years. Take this outstanding chance to hear one of the world’s most widely read and beloved novelists in conversation with Booklist's Donna Seaman, so you can go back and share insights with patrons, students, and book clubs. The Afghan-born novelist and physician is the #1 New York Times  bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, with more than 38 million copies sold in more than 70 countries.  

And the Mountains Echoed (May 2013, Riverhead Books) is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations, exploring the many ways families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Hosseini is sure to inspire interest in more than his books. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman is a freelance reviewer for the Chicago Tribune and other venues, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, and several Pushcart Prize Special Mentions.

Sponsored by Penguin

Ping_FuAuditorium Speaker Ping Fu
Saturday, June 29

Get inspired by Ping Fu’s journey from her childhood during China’s Cultural Revolution to becoming a top American innovator and tech entrepreneur who founded Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company.

If you’re currently considering or implementing maker programs in your library, this program will resonate as more than an incredible personal story.  “I was a maker all along,” she said in an interview with MAKE Magazine. She says that making and craftsmanship are highly revered in China and her experience working in Mao’s factories led to her interest in connecting software to the physical world, that in turn became her vision for Geomagic and 3D technology.

Ping Fu’s story of personal and business resilience is told in her memoir Bend,Not Break:  A Life in Two Worlds Portfolio/Penguin). The book relates how she was separated during China’s Cultural Revolution from her parents at age eight, was forced to work in factories rather than get a school education, and ultimately exiled at 25 when she came to the U.S. She quickly made a new life for herself as an entrepreneur, worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and AT&T Bell Labs,and is a member of President Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board member of Long Now Foundation.

Sponsored by Portfolio/Penguin

John_LewisAuditorium Speaker Congressman John Lewis
Saturday, June 29

Congressman John Lewis is eager to reach a new generation of Americans with the story of his legendary role as one of the so-called “Big Six” leaders in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, remains a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He believes that the nonfiction comic book format of his autobiographical three-volume project March will effectively engage readers with the story of the Movement and help document the extreme violence faced by himself and other Civil Rights activists. Attending this session will help you discover why he chose the comic book format, how the project grew to three volumes, and offer you insights into March, books you’ll likely be recommending and building programs around. Lewis will be joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and comic book artist Nate Powell for the second half of the program to discuss their collaboration on March.

Lewis consistently challenged the injustice of Jim Crow segregation and was a key leader and organizer, involved in many important and often violent protest marches. Among many other courageous acts, he helped organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, participated in the Freedom Rides, was at the age of 23 an architect of and a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, led a group of marchers across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, and was instrumental in voter registration programs which faced dangerously hostile opposition.

As Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative since 1987, he has continued to fight for social justice. He previously held other high-level positions, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. His 1999 memoir Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy, Lillian Smith, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His most recent book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

Andrew Aydin currently serves in Rep. John Lewis’ Washington, D.C. office handling Telecommunications and Technology policy as well as New Media.  Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer who began self-publishing at age 14. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name.  He contributed to the fundraising fiction anthology What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur with some of the world’s foremost writers of YA fiction, is currently drawing the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, and is working on his own forthcoming graphic novel Cover,  and assembling the short story collection You Don’t Say.

Sponsored by Top Shelf Productions

Temple_GrandinAuditorium Speaker Temple Grandin
Sunday, June 30

Temple Grandin-- diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1949 and now one of the world’s most influential,accomplished, and well known adults with autism -- will inspire and inform as you think about serving the wide range of your library’s users. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. She is a bestselling author, doctor of animal science, and autism activist who believes that “We need different kinds of minds to work together. People who are interested in things and people who are interested in concepts complement each others’ skills.”

Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed—but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. In her new book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum (April, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), she brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution, weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries. She also finds a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people.

You’ll find out at this program why a visual thinker like Grandin would never have put the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant emergency generators for cooling pumps in an area that could be flooded, or have sacrificed the stability of the Deepwater Horizon platform or placed a flammable lithium-ion battery in a tight metal box on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Grandin was recently named a Time Magazine Top 100 Hero. Her four previous books include the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois, is a professor at Colorado State University, and is a sought-after speaker whose work has been covered by the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most, the HBO movie based on her life and starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

Read more about Temple Grandin’s thinking in American Libraries’ “Inside Scoop.”

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

giada_de_laurentiisAuditorium Speaker Series, Giada De Laurentiis
Sunday,June 30
10:30-11:30 am 

You’re likely to have a mouth-watering experience when you hear Giada De Laurentiis--Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, and Giada at Home, author of six cookbooks, and more—on Sunday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 am.

Born in Rome, De Laurentiis grew up in a big Italian family that spent a lot of time together in the kitchen, where she discovered her love of cooking. She honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles before founding her own catering company. Her new deliciously fun “Recipe for Adventure” book series with Penguin Young Readers Group is about a brother and sister whose lives take a magical turn when their fabulous great aunt comes to live with them. The books are a perfect blend of adventure, humor, and foods that middle grade readers know and love. The first two books in the series, Naples! and Paris! will be published in Fall 2013, each one inspired by the author’s love of a certain city and/or cuisine.

De Laurentiis has served as a celebrity Ambassador for the international relief organization, Oxfam America, highlighting the struggles of the billion people around the world who are chronically hungry.

Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers


ann patchettAuditorium Speaker Series, Ann Patchett
Sunday, June 30
1:00-2:30 pm

Ann Patchett is a super-champion of books and reading, known not only for writing award-winning, compelling and thoughtful books, but also for eschewing the trend and opening Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, when all the other bookstores in town had closed. At the time she said she wondered if she was "opening an ice shop in the age of Frigidaire," but instead the store garnered reviews as glowing as her books, and headlines in national media like “The Bookstore Strikes back.”

Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction, and her titles frequently hit the New York Times bestseller list. Her books include “Bel Canto," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "State of Wonder";"Run"; "Truth & Beauty";"The Magician’s Assistant"; "The Patron Saint of Liars," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and "Taft," which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Patchett appears as the featured speaker in the PLA President’s Program. Preceding her presentation, 11 PLA award winners will be recognized and celebrated.

Sponsored by HarperCollins

Oliver_StonePeter_KuznickAuditorium Speaker Series, Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick
Monday July 1
10:30-11:30 am

Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are sure to provoke important questions and discussion when they talk about their recent joint project, “The Untold History of the United States.” A thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history, it is a companion to the Showtime documentary series that challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books. Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented “People’s History of the American Empire,” arguing that we must face our history forthrightly in order to set a new course for the 21st century. Stone and Kuznick are also eager to talk to and with librarians about what they see as the current sorry state of history books available to middle and high school students. 

Oliver Stone has won numerous Academy Awards for his work on such iconic films as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Salvador, and W. Peter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, currently serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

alice walkerAuditorium Speaker Alice Walker
Monday, July 1, Noon

Photo Credit:  Ana Elena

 You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist, and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender, and other topics. When you attend this session, you’ll also find out about two new books that the New Press is pleased to present in 2013: “The Cushion in the Road” (essays) and “The World Will Follow Joy (poems). Publishers’ Weekly has named “The Cushion in the Road” one of their top ten "literary biography, essay and criticism" titles of the season.

Walker is perhaps best known for her literary fiction, including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple.” She is also the author of many volumes of poetry and powerful nonfiction collections, including “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For and “The Chicken Chronicle (both available from The New Press).

Her activism and advocacy for the dispossessed have spanned the globe and earned her a 1997 Humanist of the Year award. Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and credits him for her decision to return to the American South and get involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Among other activist undertakings, she marched in the 1963 March on Washington, volunteered to register black voters in Georgia and Mississippi, was arrested in 2003 for crossing a police line during an anti- Iraq-war protest rally outside the White House, and traveled to Gaza with the anti-war group Code Pink in 2009.

Sponsored by The New Press

ALA President's Program and ALA Awards Presentations

dan_cohenDan Cohen, Digital Public Library of America, featured President’s Program speaker, 2013 ALA Annual Conference

Dan Cohen, Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will be the featured speaker in the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cohen will focus on the role and contribution of the DPLA to ALA President Maureen Sullivan’s ongoing initiative, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities.”

Cohen will offer an introduction and overview of the recently launched DPLA--called by Nicholas Carr “the Library of Utopia” in MIT Technology Review--, how it came to be and what it offers to librarians and the communities they serve. The ambitious enterprise offers great promise to libraries of all types, enabling open access to millions of books, articles, photographs, historical documents, objects and artifacts. Its goal is “to realize the promise of the Internet for the advancement of sharing information and of using technology to enable new knowledge and discoveries in the U.S.”

After Cohen’s presentation, Sullivan will conduct an interview and moderate a Q&A with the audience.

Recently appointed to his position, Cohen was formerly the Director of the Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He is co-author with Roy Rozenzweig of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving and Presenting the Past and recipient of the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour award from ALA. His blog is at http://www.dancohen.org/.

ALA Division Presidents’ Programs

An additional opportunity to be inspired by thought leaders in programs hosted by ALA divisions, open to all conference attendees. In 2013, these include so far: ALCTS President’s Program with Erin McKean, founder of wordnik.com; ACRL/LLAMA joint Presidents’ Program with executive coach and leadership expert Dr. Karol M. Wasylyshyn; AASL President’s Program with the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards; ALSC President's Program where Oren Slozberg, Executive Director of Visual Thinking Strategies, will invite audience participation as he introduces this powerful method of engaging with pictures; and RUSA President’s Program with Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Closing General Session and Inaugural Event

Octavia_SpencerClosing General Session Octavia Spencer
Tuesday, July 2, 9:30-11:00 am

Find out what Octavia Spencer has recently been busy with—including appearing on 30 Rock and writing her first novel. Spencer is keynote speaker at the Closing General Session. She’ll be talking (among other things) about her upcoming first novel, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (October 2013, Simon & Schuster).

In the book, Randi Rhodes is a 12-year-old Brooklyn vigilante with a black belt, who has moved to Tennessee after her mother dies and must solve a mystery in the town. Spencer, who was a fan of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown growing up, said in a statement quoted in USA Today, "My biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery."

A veteran character actor and one of Hollywood’s most-sought-after talents, Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors.

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Maureen Sullivan will pass the gavel to the 2013-14 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling and introduce new Division Presidents. The Closing General Session will be immediately followed by the elegant Inaugural Brunch honoring Stripling and the new Division Presidents. This ticketed brunch includes food, entertainment, and more.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Author photo credit: Photograph © Randee St. Nicholas

Maker Monday

Mark FrauenfelderMark Frauenfelder
Monday, July 1

Mark Frauenfelder, prolific author, founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, and founder of Boing Boing, will update attendees on the latest maker innovations in this special session. We have a rich history of making in our country and lately we have witnessed a return to that culture. The early 2000’s represented phase one of that rebirth, and might be called “modern” making: people making cool stuff for the love of making. The last five years people have begun making new tools and technologies, enabling anyone to be a maker. Creating access to these tools and materials as well as the opportunity to share and collaborate with others is essential to the maker experience. Starting with a brief but colorful history of 19th and 20th century making, Frauenfelder will present the new tools and technologies that are driving innovation and giving individuals and small groups the ability to create amazing things that would've been out of their reach a few years ago. He then will present new, inexpensive, and effective ways to conduct research and development, design prototypes, and set up manufacturing at home, and in makerspaces, libraries, schools, companies, and other spaces.

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, and the founder of Boing Boing. He's the former editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and was an editor at Wired magazine and Wired Books from 1993-1998. He was Playboy magazine's technology columnist for three years. He has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications.

Maker Showcase

Visit the Maker Showcase throughout Monday morning to talk to local makers showing off their projects and get inspired to think about the kinds of program ideas you could offer in your own library. We'll also have information about how to hold a Mini Maker Faire in your community.


The Conversations Continue . . .

Continue the in-depth, facilitated, and informal conversations, with an ongoing focus on advancing library-led community engagement. Help create a sustainable, scalable national plan as you participate in and move the conversation forward, examine the issues, process the implications, and consider practical steps, strategies, and tools that libraries can use to take action and engage with their communities. Look for sessions led by Rich Harwood of the Harwood Institute among others.

Awards and Award Celebrations

Join the celebrations throughout the conference in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, with the participation of high-profile experts and children’s book illustrators including Paul O. Zelinsky, Brian Selznick, Jerry Pinkney, Erin Stead, Chris Raschka, and Eric Rohmann.

For the following ticketed events, you can sign up when you register for the conference, or add the event(s) later.

The 2013 Coretta Scott King Book Awards winners are celebrated at the annual Sunday breakfast honoring the year's best African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth. The Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient will also be honored. Individual tickets or table reservations may be purchased in advance.

Enjoy hearing the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award as you honor that author’s significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens at the Margaret A. Edwards Luncheon on Saturday, sponsored by YALSA and School Library Journal

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will honor the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals for outstanding writing and illustration in children's literature at the popular Newbery-Caldecott Banquet on Sunday evening, attended by nearly 1,100 librarians, reviewers, publishers and fans of children's literature. You can sign up for Individual, open-seating tickets when you register for the conference or add them later, but reserved table reservations are made through the ALSC office--please visit www.ala.org/alscevents for details.

Be among the first to hear who wins the second annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at a special celebratory event on Sunday evening, 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm. These medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year and are the first single-book awards for adult books given by ALA. The launch event in 2012 was a memorable and fun occasion with several shortlisted authors present.

The 2013 Stonewall Book Awards are celebrated at a Monday brunch. The Stonewall Book Awards are the oldest awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender writing. Join the GLBT Round Table as it recognizes the winners and honorees in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s and young adult categories.

Enjoy YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Program and Reception on Monday evening, and hear the 2013 Printz winners and honorees speak about their writing, followed by a reception.

ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

Fun and entertainment all for a great cause, raising money for scholarships. This year at McCormick Place featuring "Best of The Second City," with unique new library-specific material plus some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, enjoy the next generation of the comedy world's best and brightest performing hilarious sketch comedy and The Second City's trademark improvisation, while contributing to an important cause. You can sign up for this event (Saturday 8:00-10:00pm) when you register for the conference, or add it later.

Note: Refunds and/or cancellations for the Scholarship Bash will not be honored after June 1, 2013.

Inaugural Brunch – second year in this new format

Join ALA President Maureen Sullivan in honoring incoming President Barbara Stripling and Division Presidents-Elect at this Inaugural Brunch. This elegant event will immediately follow the Closing General Session and includes food, entertainment, and more.

Book Buzz Theater

Hear the latest “Buzz” about the newest titles from your favorite publishers all in one easy to find location in the convention center. Click here for schedule.

Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

Back by popular demand, the "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" will offer a variety of films and documentaries throughout the day from Saturday through Monday. Many will offer a chance to meet the film’s writer, director, or subjects. Click here for schedule.

Networking Uncommons

Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It’s a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, polish your presentation, follow up on a discussion, or just recharge your batteries. The area features tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead—otherwise just show up. During open times, the area is up for grabs, although it's big enough that multiple groups can use it at once, even when someone has scheduled something. You can also check the topics each day to see what interests you.

Think Fit @ ALA

Think Fit @ ALA is our healthy, well-being initiative including both personal health and environmental awareness. It includes a range of sessions, programs and events--look for the Think Fit @ ALA icon throughout the Annual Conference website and program.

Fun Run 5K & Walk —Back by popular demand!

So much thought-provoking professional development, so many stimulating events, so much good networking—it’s sometimes hard to find time to exercise at ALA Annual Conference. Attendees can fix that at this year’s conference by joining in ALA’s Fun Run & Walk on Sunday. You can sign up when you register, or add this event later.

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Innovative Interfaces - Platinum Sponsor                   Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group - Hydration Sponsor

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Please contact Lindsay Rosales, Conference Coordinator at lrosales@ala.org with questions.  Note: Refunds and/or cancellations for the Think Fit Fun Run 5K & Walk will not be honored after June 1, 2013.


Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the JobLIST Placement Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, with an orientation on Saturday, June 29, 8:30 am and an Open House on Sunday, June 30, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Jobseekers may attend career guidance workshops, talk to a career counselor, have your resume reviewed, and talk to employers in the Placement Center. All services are free to job seekers and ALA membership is not required. Get more information, including--for employers--how to reserve a booth and use the interviewing facilities.


The 15th Annual ERT/Christopher J. Hoy and Artist Alley Scholarship Silent Auction will feature numerous quilts donated by the ALA BiblioQuilters and friends of ERT. The Silent Auction will also feature more than 20 pieces of original art donated by the participants of Artist Alley in the exhibits. Click here to view details on items to be auctioned, and be sure to stop by the auction located in the Level 3 Grand Concourse between registration and the exhibit hall. Bidding ends Sunday, June 30 at 4:45 pm.


Chicago is a popular destination for a reason! Visit the Choose Chicago website for information about the city and to help plan your free time.