- When and where will the conference take place?
- Who should attend?
- Do I need to be a member of ALA to register?
- How do I register for a preconference?
- Why do discount registration rates end at Noon?
- What forms of payment does the onsite registration desk accept?
- Does ALA have a code of conduct for its conferences?
- Will there be accommodations for attendees who require accessibility?
- Are meals included in the registration fee?
- Does ALA provide transportation from the hotels to the convention center?
- Do you offer childcare at Midwinter Meeting?
- Will there be a New Mothers (or Nursing) Room available to attendees?
- Does ALA have an onsite store?
- Do you have a coat/bag check? Is there a fee?
- Does ALA provide a letter of attendance?
- Can non-members attend committee meetings?
- Will ALA be hosting Ignite Sessions? How do I submit?
- Can I attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies if I have an Exhibits-Only pass?
- Can Exhibits Only registrants attend author signings?
- What is ALA's policy regarding wheeled devices on the Exhibit Floor?
- Does ALA have any other tips for conference?
- When will I need to change how I travel domestically?
- Don't see your question answered above?
When and where will the conference take place?
The conference will take place on Fri., January 24 through Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Who should attend?
Librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students - anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.
Do I need to be a member of ALA to register?
No, you may register and attend the conference at the non-member registration rate. To learn more about membership, go to www.ala.org/membership/joinala
How do I register for a preconference?
To register for a preconference, you can include it with your initial registration or add it later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected].
Why do discount registration rates end at Noon?
With many registrants in the past waiting until the last minute to register or book their housing, an afternoon deadline allows us proper time to hire adequate staffing and other appropriate resources.
What forms of payment does the onsite registration desk accept?
We accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express onsite.
Does ALA have a code of conduct for its conferences?
Yes, you will find the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences posted on our website.
Will there be accommodations for attendees who require accessibility?
Are meals included in the registration fee?
Meals are not included as part of the registration costs. Although some receptions may offer meals, this is not considered a standard or guaranteed policy.
Does ALA provide transportation from the hotels to the convention center?
Yes, ALA and Gale Cengage Learning provide complimentary shuttle services from the official ALA hotels to the Convention Center. Additional details on Shuttle Buses will be available soon.
Do you offer childcare at Midwinter Meeting?
ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, per family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting. You must provide a receipt for childcare. This covers only childcare in the parent’s hotel room or other residence in the meeting city (Philadelphia) and does not include charges for children’s food, transportation, gratuities, or for the sitter. ALA will not reimburse childcare expenses to attendees who live within the Philadelphia area that would be paid to the regular provider whether the parent was attending the Midwinter Meeting or not. Parents may contact their hotel childcare center/babysitting service where it is available or find one online. Reimbursement forms are available at the ALA Conference Services Desk and must be signed by the individual performing the childcare services and presented by the parent to the ALA Conference Services Desk by February 1, 2020. Please note that all reimbursement will be mailed out to the attendee post-conference.
Will there be a New Mothers (or Nursing) Room available to attendees?
Yes. Locations will be made available closer to the conference date.
Does ALA have an onsite store?
Yes, award-winning products can be found at the ALA Store located in the Convention Center. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. Plenty of new and bestselling items are available.
Do you have a coat/bag check? Is there a fee?
Yes, coat/bag check will be available in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Hours and location will be available closer to the date of the conference.
Does ALA provide a letter of attendance?
Yes, the letter can be accessed through your dashboard from your registration confirmation. An email containing your letter of attendance will also be sent when you pick up your badge at registration.
Can non-members attend committee meetings?
Yes, non-members who are registered for the day of a committee meeting, or for the full Conference can attend any meeting not noted as "Closed."
Will ALA be hosting Ignite Sessions? How do I submit?
ALA will not be hosting Ignite sessions at the 2020 Midwinter Meeting.
Can I attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies if I have an Exhibits-Only pass?
Attendees registered for the full conference are able to attend ALA Awards ceremonies.
Can Exhibits Only registrants attend author signings?
Yes. Exhibits Only registrants can attend author signings in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.
What is ALA's policy regarding wheeled devices on the Exhibit Floor?
Strollers and scooters are permitted on the exhibit floor as long as they are in use at all times. Wheeled carts, however, are not permitted at any time. If you have a medical condition requiring you to use a cart, please bring a doctor's note to the accessibility booth in the registration area.
Does ALA have any other tips for conference?
When will I need to change how I travel domestically?
Beginning January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Please see TSA’s website for a list of acceptable forms of identification. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual. For a list of states already in compliance or with an extension visit DHS’s REAL ID webpage. DHS continually updates this list as more states come into compliance or obtain extensions.
Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. A REAL ID compliant license is one that meets, and is issued by a state that complies with, the REAL ID Act’s security standards.
Travelers can check DHS’s REAL ID webpage at any time to learn if your state is compliant and can check with your state’s agency that issues driver’s licenses about how to acquire a compliant license. The earlier your state becomes compliant, the more likely you will be able to acquire a compliant license as part of the normal renewal cycle.
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