#ala See You in Philadelphia for #alaac31

In a recent ALA Connect post to the ALA Conference Committee Connect group ALA staffer Mary Ghikas posted this* current schedule of Midwinter and Annual Conferences from 2012 – 2031:

Midwinter Fri-Tues Annual Thurs-Tues
2012 Dallas Jan 20-25 Anaheim June 21-27
2013 Seattle Jan 25-30 Chicago June 27-July 2
2014 Philadelphia Jan 24-28 Las Vegas June 26-July 1
2015 Chicago Jan 30 – Feb 3 San Francisco June 25-30
2016 Boston Jan 8-12 Orlando June 23-28
2017 Atlanta Jan 20-24 Chicago June 22-27
2018 Denver Feb 9-13 New Orleans June 21-26
2019 Seattle Jan 25-29 DC June 20-25
2020 Philadelphia Jan 17-21 Chicago June 23-28
2021 Indianapolis Jan 22-26 San Francisco June 24-29
2022 San Antonio Jan 21-25 Philadelphia June 23-28
2023 New Orleans Jan 27-31 Chicago June 22-27
2024 Denver Feb 9-13 San Diego June 27-July 2
2025 Not Set n/a DC June 26-July 1
2026 Not Set n/a Chicago June 25-30
2027 Philadelphia Jan 22-26 New Orleans June 24-29
2028 Not Set n/a Not Set n/a
2029 Not Set n/a DC June 21-26
2030 Not Set n/a Not Set n/a
2031 Not Set n/a Philadelphia June 26-July 1


Why do we plan conferences so far out in advance? I’ll let Ms. Ghikas answer with the note she posted with the spreadsheet:

Here is the current schedule of future sites, for your information.  We are showing you both ALA MW and AC and Division Conference sites.  Let me know if you have questions.

For those new to the ALA Conference Committee, sites for MW and AC are approved by the ALA Executive Board.  ALA Conference Services will bring proposed sites to the ALA Conference Committee, as well as the Exhibits Round Table board, for recommendation (or not) to the ALA Executive Board.

We are often asked why we select so far in advance.  It has to do with the size and complexity of the site the ALA requires.  We are (still) utilizing about 350 *concurrent* meeting rooms for AC.  That means we require not only a large convention center but hotels with significant “conference” facilities (meeting rooms) at a reasonable distance from the convention center.  We have historically had very minimal flexibility on dates — looking at holidays, school schedules, other conferences in the library space, etc.  All in all, it’s a tricky package to put together — and the closer we get to the year of a conference, the more likely that one or more critical piece of the package will no longer be available.  So we, like other large conference sponsors, book far in advance and then let other, smaller, conferences, work around us, instead of vice versa.

One piece of explanation, since you are all coming from different places in ALA:  The ACRL and PLA conferences are spring conferences; the AASL conferences are in the fall.  So the ACRL conference in 2015 will come between ALA MW and ALA AC; the 2015 AASL conference will come between the 2015 ALA AC and the 2016 ALA MW.

Let me know if you have questions.


My only comment at this time is to point out that when there are calls to boycott a specific city for various reasons, trying to shift an ALA conference is like steering a supertanker. It also means that if you love or hate a city, you should do your best to make your objections known a decade in advance. This sounds harsh, but as long as we have physical in person conferences, logistics is going to be our harsh taskmaster.


*I filled in “not set” and “n/a” where there were blanks in the original spreadsheet so that it would cut and paste properly. I also left out the Divisional conferences for the sake of focusing on Big ALA

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