Education and Meetings

Meeting Session

ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, 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. With up to 2,500 scheduled events—of which more than 500 are programs, sessions, and in-depth facilitated and informative conversations—attendees are engaged in a wide range of library- and professional development related topics.  Don't forget the award celebrations and other social activities that offer unlimited networking opportunity. Follow all the talk at #alaac21!

Here are just a few educational sessions being offered.

NOW SHOWING @ ALA Film Program

Back by popular demand, the "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers 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. Stop by, snack, and view a film sure to intrigue.

Discussion Groups

The Annual Conference features more than 200 Discussion Groups—loosely organized sessions on broad and timely topics, each sponsored by an ALA division, round table, or office. These generally highly interactive sessions may, or may not have a speaker and are more open discussions than informational.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are held during the Annual Conference to secure the business of the association. Some meetings will be listed "Closed" when they are discussing private information, but most are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA, and its divisions.


Sustainability and ‘green’ efforts are increasing throughout the events and hospitality industry. ‘Thinking Fit’ by minimizing our negative impact on the environment, ALA encourages you to keep an eye out for our environmentally friendly activities, as well as those of our vendors and other partners.