LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience is coming January 2022!

Brought to you by the American Library Association, this new conference will offer an ALA member-focused experience designed to motivate, inspire, and engage in discussions that will shape the future of libraries and communities.
 

Education

Educational sessions at LibLearnX (LLX) will incorporate a focused, hands-on learning approach in order to enhance attendee professional knowledge and expand on skills that can later be applied directly to their work. Attention will be given to selecting engaging and active facilitators that not only have compelling information to share, but also can connect with the audience in effective ways.

Topical areas with an annual rotating focus: 

  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • The Future of Libraries
  • Readers Advisory/Collection Development
  • Professional Development
  • Human Resources

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Special Features

Special features of LLX will include:

  • ALA Gives Back, a community service opportunity
  • LLX Studio, a hybrid learning model
  • Celebratory recognition events including: Books and Media Awards including Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, I Love My Librarian Awards and Youth Media Awards. 

Exhibits

As products, services, and resources play a vital role in the support of libraries, LLX will provide dedicated time for attendees to meaningfully interact with the exhibitor community. Exhibitors will have many options for exhibit space configurations, sponsorship opportunities, and theme areas within the exhibit hall. 

ALA Member Survey Results

ALA conducted a survey of members to be sure the most helpful themes will permeate the conference and exhibits. Read on for key insights into the results.

Members' interest in the event: Yes, they want to attend!

  • 71.3% are very likely or extremely likely to attend this type of event.
  • 50.3% would attend the face-to-face event in San Antonio if there are no health-related travel restrictions.
    • Of those, 38% work in a public library setting, 27% academic setting and 11% in a school library setting.
  • 85.9% would use their time in the exhibits to learn about new products, services and books.

Conference themes: Take a look at the topics that are somewhat or very important for potential attendees:

  • 85.2% Technology Innovation
  • 81.5% Digital Equity
  • 76.1% Community Outreach & Partnerships
  • 74.4% Collection Development
  • 69.5% Mental Health
  • 64.7% Data Collection
  • 46.6% Author/Illustrator Panels

Exhibit hall: When visiting the exhibit hall, 80.1% have a role in purchasing decisions. They have a lot of interest in:

Automation: 33%
AV Equipment & Materials: 26%
Books-Adult: 52%
Books-Audiobooks: 31%
Books-Children's: 45%
Books-eBooks: 38%
Books-Foreign Book Dealers: 19%
Books-Reference: 27%
Books-Teen/Young Adult: 44%
Books-Wholesalers: 13%

Database Management: 31%
Facility Services-Security/Architects/Signage/Movers: 20%
Furniture & Equipment: 42%
Graphic Novels/Comics: 43%
Integrated Library Systems: 32%
Magazines/Journals: 28%
Online Journals: 27%
Subscription Services: 31%
Supplies-Archival, Storage: 19%
Web-Based Services: 50%

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Contact Us

For more information on exhibit and sponsor opportunities, contact:

Rich Widick, Zach Erickson
[email protected] 
Rich: 630/929-7918; Zach: 630/929-7934
Fax: 630/434-1216 or 630/756-5335

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