Presentation Opportunities for Exhibitors

There are a variety of ways that exhibitors can participate in the education program presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  They are:

Presentations 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. Follow this link for an overview of the stages and opportunity to submit presentations. More questions, email Lina Zabaneh, Conference Coordinator,


Exhibits Round Table Programs

The Exhibits Round Table (ERT, juries program submissions to be included in its program slots on Saturday and Sunday of the Annual Conference. These are non-commercial in nature and should cover topics of current interest to librarians. 

The submission site for the 2018 Annual Conference ERT Programs is open until March 9, 2018.

Remember, you must be a member of ERTto take advantage of this benefit, to become a member, please contact us at, or click here for more information. 


Work with an 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 2018 ALA Annual Conference, but you may contact them for future years. You can review a list of units and reach out to them directly.


More questions, email Alee Navarro, Meetings Coordinator,


Develop and conduct your own session

Exhibitors may reserve meeting rooms in the ALA block of meeting rooms at the convention center and official hotels. These sessions will be included in the official program, but exhibitors will be responsible for some expenses and should also promote the session on their own. Submission request site to open in the Spring. More questions, email Yvonne McLean, Meeting Manager,


Sponsor a Keynote Speaker

Names submitted for consideration should be authors or library experts who will be of interest to the ALA members. These names should be able to draw attendance of 1,000+. The exhibitor will bear all costs associated with the speaker’s attendance. Names submitted are sent to an ALA panel for review and recommendations. Professional or motivational speakers on generic topics are usually not considered. More questions, email Amy McGuigan, Conference Manager,