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Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions

Conversation Starter and Ignite Sessions Submissions are open through March 24, 2019.

The 45 minute Conversation Starters take place in a lecture, panel, or discussion format. Conversation Starter sessions will take place throughout the day on Sunday and Monday.

The Ignite Sessions are 5-minute presentations accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. There will be six Ignite sessions from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm on Sunday and Monday. You can learn more about Ignite events on Wikipedia.

The proposals will go through a public voting process that is weighed for 30% of the selection process (staff votes accounts for another 30%, while the remaining 40% is decided by an advisory group of ALA members).

Conversation Starter and Ignite Sessions Submissions are open through March 24, 2019.

Poster Sessions

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster sessions were introduced to the American Library Association at its 1982 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. They are an effective forum for the exchange of information and a means to communicate ideas, research, and programs.

Submissions are closed. 

Exhibitor Presentation Opportunities

Are you an Exhibitor who would like to offer educational programming at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference?

Develop and conduct an educational session- Exhibitors may reserve meeting rooms in the ALA block of meeting rooms at the Convention Center and official hotels.

Present on one of the live stages in the exhibit hall - Usually panel presentations, these are 45-minute sessions which can include an autographing session after the presentation. These opportunities can promote exhibitors' products, services, and authors.