ALA Annual Conference – Washington D.C.

The ALA Annual Conference is a great place to advance your career and connect with a wide variety of new colleagues from around the world.

ALA is focused on making your conference experience rewarding.  In addition to the hundreds of programs and networking opportunities at Annual, special events and programs for first-time conference attendees have been set up to help you ‘do’ conference right.

First time attendees will be matched up with an ALA Ambassador to help you personally make connections to programs, people and places before conference.   Get expert advice on programs to attend, exhibitors to visit, parties to frequent, and ways to get the most out of conference.

ALA Divisions and Round Tables will be sponsoring 101 programs throughout the conference to help you navigate programs, meetings and exhibits based on the kind of work you want do, or the type of library where you plan to work.  First-time attendees will also receive special invitations to receptions sponsored by exhibitors and library vendors.

Student members of ALA receive significantly discounted rates for the conference.  ALA Student Members can register before March 2nd, 2007 for only $85.00!  If you are not currently a member of ALA, Student Membership only costs $28.00 per year.  Save nearly $100.00 by joining

Registration rates:
Early Bird (til 3/2/07): $85
Advance (til 5/18): $110
Onsite: $120

Dorm housing will be available in D.C.  Hostels and other less expensive housing options are available as well.   Please visit the two sites below for more information or to register:

Conference website (membership and registration, hotel maps, travel info, etc.):
http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2007a/home.htm

Annual Conference Wiki (info from local people and long timers):
http://wikis.ala.org/annual2007/index.php/Main_Page

For job seekers, the New Members Round Table (NMRT) offers free resume review services at the Placement Center.  Pre-register for the Placement Center to review the list of libraries that are hiring, and come prepared to meet prospective employers. Connect with your future career today at ALA Annual Conference.

Special events this year include the World Premier of “The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society“.  Get involved in “The Insider’s Guide to Capitol Hill“, “Library Day on the Hill“, and volunteer projects as part of “Librarians Build Communities.”  Hundreds of programs on nearly every topic in library services are offered.

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