In this modern age of the Internet, the need for information has grown and its transfer has been faster than it ever was before. Everything appears to be so easy to reach with just a few clicks of the button. It is in this day and age of computers, the internet and modern information technology that the role of libraries has evolved and the way it manages information has progressed. At the forefront of all of this progress is the American Library Association. The American Library Association Annual Conference is an annual event that brings ALA members from all over the country under one roof to continue and plan its course of action as it marches forward to the future of information and library science.
The ALA and its Vision
Before the ALA holds its annual conference, it is relevant to take a step back and remember its history and to know its goals and the direction it will take in the future. This year’s ALA Annual Conference is in partnership with one of the top Chicago exhibit design companies and it will surely be filled with the best trade show displays Chicago will see. This just shows how far the ALA has come from its humble beginnings when it was founded in 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Since then, the ALA’s mission is to provide leadership and development and to improve library services and information services. Some may not normally think of it but the role of the ALA in this day and age is so relevant since it facilitates the dissemination and preservation of information so that others will be reached and benefit from it.
The ALA Annual Conference
The ALA Annual Conference is an opportunity for the ALA to bring its members together and to renew its commitment and vigor as the biggest organization of its kind in the country. This year’s theme is “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.” The annual conference will feature trade show displays Chicago has and one of the top Chicago exhibit design companies will provide the displays and booths for the conference. This will be one of the highlights of the conference which the attendees can visit with exhibitors showcasing their products, businesses and other things relevant to the ALA. Along with that, there are several guest speakers lined up to provide talks and demonstrations. These speakers will give their insight on the current state of the ALA and the libraries it manages as well as the future and what it holds for the ALA as an organization. There will also be notable celebrities and individuals that will attend the event so everyone can use this as an opportunity to meet and expand their networks.
For all ALA members and affiliates, this event is a must and should not be missed. Go ahead and sign up for the ALA annual conference on June 22 to 27, 2017 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Indeed, this is an event that one should not miss.