I am going to ORLANDO!
After applying via essay contest, I was selected to represent the Indiana University Department of Information and Library Science and the IU ALA Student Chapter the American Library Association 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. I will be taking part of the Student-to-Staff Internship Program, performing a range of duties. I will be meeting and working with library school students from other ALA-accredited schools across the US and Canada.
The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and holds its Annual Conference & Exhibition each summer. The largest such convention in the world is attended by more than 25,000 librarians, library supporters, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees and special guests. The conference includes more than 2,500 meetings, discussion groups and programs on various topics affecting libraries and librarians.
The ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition brings together newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field and all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. Annual Conference events trend nationally on Twitter (#alaac16) and are extensively covered in the media.
Approximately 900 exhibiting companies feature the latest in books, online services, automation software, furniture and other materials vital to today's libraries and librarians. ALA units display professional exhibits highlighting the various aspects of the profession.