How to Submit a Session

Poster Sessions

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.

Poster Session Submissions are now closed.


Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions

Conversation Starter and Ignite Sessions Public Voting is now closed.

Submitters have been informed of the final decision.  

Only submissions that were completed through the submission site and reviewed by all three groups where considered for selection.  Entries made directly to the ALA Connect communities where not considered, since the submission was not completed and was not reveiwed by the staff and advisory group.

The 45 minute Conversation Starters take place in a lecture, panel, or discussion format. Conversation Starter sessions will take place throughout the day on Saturday, 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 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You can learn more about Ignite events on Wikipedia.

The proposals went through a public voting process that was weighted for 30% of the selection process (staff votes accounted for another 30%, while the remaining 40% was decided by an advisory group of ALA members).

The submit site is now closed.

Please don't hesitate to contact Alee Navarro [email protected] if you have any questions about the process.  


Meet the Authors

Meet The Authors Submission Site is Closed

The Meet the Authors program promotes authors/illustrators appearing in exhibitor booths. Please click on the link above to submit your Meet the Authors requests.  Please enter separate submissions for each occurrence of Author/Illustrator appearance in your exhibit booth. (Note: Meet the Authors listings are for appearances in exhibit booths ONLY. Other author appearances, such as "What's Cooking Stage", "Book Buzz", Session Programs, etc. are promoted through those programs.)

Requests must be submitted by April 18, 2017 to be included in the Annual Conference and Exhibits Directory. Submissions after April 18, 2017 and before May 16, 2017 will be included in the conference addendum; submissions after May 16, 2017 will be included on the web site and mobile app only. Submission site will close on June 15, 2017.

You can schedule your Meet the Authors session at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference during any of our exhibit hours.

For questions regarding Meet the Authors, email Alee Navarro at [email protected] with questions.


Work with ALA unit and integrate into their program

Over 50 ALA and affiliated units plan and conduct their own programs. For most units, this process begins 15 months in advance of the conference. ALA units have accepted their programs for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, but you may contact them for future years. You can review a list of units and reach out to them directly.


Please contact Alee Navarro [email protected] if you have any questions.