- What's Happening
- Hotels & Travel
- In The Exhibit Hall
- General Info
- Making Your Case To Attend
ALA Annual Conference programs, updates, conversations, and other events cover key issues such as innovation and transformation, ebook lending and usability, digital content, community engagement, leadership, the impact and potential of new technologies, books and awards, copyright, outreach, privacy, services for makers, library advocacy, core values, career development, teaching and learning, and best practices on a range of library-related concerns. 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 will be added to the Conference Scheduler as programs and events are confirmed.
- In The Exhibits Hall
- Award Winning Products In The ALA Store
- Speakers and Related Events
- Other Opportunities to Engage
- ALA JobList Placement Center
- ERT/Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship and Artist Alley Silent Auction
- Get excited about Las Vegas!
Check out the wide range of Preconferences offered by ALA divisions, offices, and round tables for indepth professional development on key current topics.
With more than 700 exhibiting organizations, multiple specialty pavilions, stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking. The Exhibit Hall offers you the chance to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.
Visit In the Exhibit Hall for details as they’re added, and mark your calendar for the Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday evening after the Opening General Session and the Exhibits Closing & Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration on Monday afternoon.
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!
Friday, 4:00-5:15 pm
A high-profile thought leader opens the conference on a high note every year as part of the conference’s Opening General Session, where the ALA President and others welcome you to ALA Annual Conference and set the stage for the coming days.
A rare opportunity to hear leading authors, thought-leaders, and experts from adult and youth fiction, technology, popular culture, and other areas in these stimulating general sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at various times. !
Saturday, June 28th
8:30am - 9:30am
Jane Fonda is a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. You might be less aware that her focus for almost 20 years has been on adolescent reproductive health and the empowerment of women and girls. Fonda will offer informative options for a large number of your patrons and students, drawing on her forthcoming book “You, Your Body, Your Life.” Join us for a unique Auditorium Speaker session on a critical topic.
“You, Your Body, Your Life” (March 2014, Random House) is a frank, straightforward and thorough guide to the body, sexuality, pregnancy prevention and STIs, identity, friendship, family, feelings and more. It is informed by Fonda's personal experience working in the field of adolescent sexuality and development with young people and experts at The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which she founded in 1994, and Emory University's Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which she founded in 2001, as well as two years of independent research. It addresses her conviction that young people are still not getting the information they need.
Sponsored by Random House
Photo Credit: Firooz Zahedi
Saturday, June 28th
Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran (also a book group favorite), returns in her latest book, Things I’ve Been Silent About, to Iran and her childhood. Come and hear a master of the modern memoir talk about this personal reflection on women’s choices, her unforgettable portrait of a woman, a family, and a troubled homeland, her exploration of a young girl’s pain over family secrets and a mother’s lost life, a young woman’s discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, and the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval. Hear also about her next book, The Republic of Imagination: A Portrait of America in Three Books (Viking, October 2014) and her engagement in promoting literacy and reading books of universal literary value.
Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, received many awards, including the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from Booksense, and was a finalist for the 2004 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir. Nafisi has lectured and written extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as on the important role Iranian women and girls continue to play in calling for change and pluralism in Iran.
Sponsored by Viking
Saturday, June 28th
Treat yourself to magical superpowers, a sinister conspiracy, and an unlikely hero with Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™, and hundreds of others.
Lee will talk among other things about his forthcoming action-packed illustrated novel Zodiac, based on the Chinese Zodiac. Co-written with Stuart Moore and illustrated by Andie Tong, it follows Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. (January 2015, Disney Publishing Worldwide.)
Lee remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, serves on the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics, and is currently Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company he co-founded. POW! has debuted several titles including Solider Zero, Traveler, and Starborn with Boom Comics, Stan Lee and the Mighty 7 with Archie and A Squared Entertainment, and Romeo and Juliet: The War with 1821 Comics. Lee has been involved in creating feature film scripts, a live action musical, and is working on Indian and South American superhero franchises.
Sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide
You know how many of your readers love his books. And you probably do too, so don’t miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. The more than 100 books he has written or contributed to also include solo novels, short story collections, specialist academic titles, and popular children's books. Books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series have been translated into 45 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and the Isabel Dalhousie series that followed immediately leapt onto bestseller lists. His newest book, a standalone novel titled The Forever Girl, was published in February 2014.
Born in what is now Zimbabwe, McCall Smith was educated there and in Scotland, became a law professor, and returned to Africa to work in Botswana. He was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and has been a visiting professor at universities including in Italy and the US, and has served as vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and as a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO. His numerous awards include The Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library Award, UK Author of the Year Award, Sweden’s Martin Beck Award, and multiple honorary doctorates. In 2010 he was awarded the Presidential Order of Merit by the President of Botswana.
And although it hasn’t won any awards, perhaps he’ll also entertain you with stories of "The Really Terrible Orchestra" that he co-founded and in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the horn. You can find more about McCall Smith and his work on his website.
Sponsored by Random House
Sunday, June 29th
10:30am - 11:30am
Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X, Ilyasah Shabazz will move you as she talks about what inspires and motivates her. Maya Angelou said of the book, "Only Ilyasah Shabazz could have told this story and however painful the memories, I congratulate her on the courage to remember, the courage to see, and the courage to say what she saw." Hear directly about the sources of this courage and other inspiration.
Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises and is a Trustee for The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. She is co-editor with Herb Boyd of The Diary of Malcolm X (forthcoming 2015), worked with illustrator AG Ford on Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and with Kekla Magoon on X (forthcoming, 2014). Shabazz promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, produces a youth empowerment program called The WAKE-UP Tour™, and participates on international humanitarian delegations.
Sponsored by Simon & Schuster
Monday, June 30
8:30am - 9:30am
Subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” Philippe Petit is guaranteed to take you to new heights. In addition to being author of the forthcoming Creativity: The Perfect Crime and past titles To Reach the Clouds and Why Knot? Petit has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also lectures, practices magic, walks on the wire and does street performances whenever (and wherever) he likes, and street juggles — for which he has been arrested more than 500 times. He has been a featured speaker at TED and other national venues.
Petit is appearing as an Auditorium Speaker on United for Libraries President Rod Wagner’s program. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Sponsored by Riverhead Books
Sunday, June 29
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner is the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry and moderate a Q&A with the audience.
Lowry is one of the world’s most beloved and versatile authors for children and young adults. The author of more than 40 books, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series, she has also been honored with the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. For her contribution as a children's writer, she was a finalist in 2000 (and U.S. nominee again in 2004) for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. In 2007 she received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contribution to young adult literature.
Lowry’s appearance is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
The ALA Awards will be presented before Lowry’s appearance. Daniel Handler himself will present the first ever Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. This award, administered by This award, co-administered by the ALA Governance Office and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, is described by Handler/ Lemony Snicket as follows: “It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough. Therefore he is establishing an annual prize honoring a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. . . . It is Mr. Snicket’s hope, and the ALA’s, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”
ALA Division Presidents' Programs
An additional opportunity to be inspired by thought leaders in programs hosted by ALA divisions and their presidents, open to all conference attendees. Confirmed speakers in these programs include:
- Kimberly Bryant—Black Girls Code founder (LITA)
- Amy Dickinson—family reading advocate and syndicated advice columnist (ALSC)
- Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler—champion, expert, and author on introverted leadership (ALCTS)
- Carrie Messina—leadership and human resources expert (LLAMA)
- Philippe Petit—high-wire artist (“Man on Wire”), author, and Auditorium Speaker (UFL)
- Michelle Singletary and David Eisler--financial literacy educators, journalist/college president (ACRL)
Closing General Session and Inaugural Brunch
The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Barbara K. Stripling will pass the gavel to the 2014-15 ALA President Courtney Young and introduce new Division Presidents, and an exciting, high-profile speaker will close out the conference. The Closing General Session will be immediately followed by the elegant Inaugural Brunch.
Closing General Session Guest Speaker
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00 am
Join ALA President Barbara K. Stripling in honoring incoming President Courtney Young and Division Presidents-Elect at this Inaugural Brunch. This elegant event will immediately follow the Closing General Session and includes food, entertainment, and more. Tickets can be purchased when you register for the conference or added at a later date.
The Conversations Continue . . .
Continue 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.
Join the celebrations throughout the conference. For the following ticketed events, you can sign up when you register for the conference, or add the event(s) later.
The 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 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
ALSC honors 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 more than 1,000 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 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at a special celebratory event on Sunday evening, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm. Hear from authors and ALA leaders. 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 event, established in 2012, has fast become a favorite.
The 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 current Printz winners and honorees speak about their writing, followed by a reception.
Fun and entertainment all for a great cause, raising money for scholarships. You can sign up for this event (Saturday 8:00-10:00pm) when you register for the conference, or add it later. Recent events include the last-ever concert of the Rock Bottom Remainders, Chicago’s legendary “Second City” sketch comedy theater, and an evening at Disneyland.
Hear the latest “Buzz” about the newest titles from your favorite publishers all in one easy to find location in the convention center. Check back closer to the conference for a full schedule of participating publishers.
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. Check back closer to the conference for a full schedule.
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.
Join the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what you’ve learned at the conference.
The Unconference takes place on Friday, 9:00am -12:00pm and is a growing event. (It’ll be in a bigger space in Las Vegas!) This participant-guided experience brings the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference.
Round out your experience at the end-of-conference Library Camp on Monday. Attendees will get together to talk about anything library- or conference-related with a focus on reflecting on what inspired you at the conference. Come prepared to share your experiences and/or lead an informal discussion on a topic of your choice. Everyone is welcome!
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 and program.
This Power Flow yoga class will be a perfect break from other conference activities. It will challenge you, get your body moving, and help you work up a sweat. Instructor Erika Trujillo with Sin City Yoga teaches her own "Sol Flow” brand of yoga. Any level of yogi is welcome at this high-energy class with lots of movement, inspiring music, and Erika's amazing fun personality. Expect to leave renewed, refreshed, and ready to start your day right!
You can sign up when you register, or add this event later.
Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, with an orientation on Saturday at 8:30 am and an Open House on Sunday, 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 how to use the interviewing facilities.
The 16th 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 original art donated by participants of Artist Alley in the exhibits. Check back closer to the conference for details on items to be auctioned, and plan to stop by during the conference. Bidding ends on Sunday at 4:45 pm.
Las Vegas—the “entertainment capital of the world”—offers an array of top-class restaurants, unique museums, theatrical shows, art galleries, gaming, nightlife, outdoor activities, adventurous options, wildlife, shopping, scenic day trips in the area, and more. It’s a global tourism center for a reason. Visit the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority website for information about the city and to help plan your free time.