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IMLS at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago

June 19, 2017

By Laura McKenzie
Office of Library Services

Staff from IMLS will be on the ground at the American Library Association’s annual conference, June 22-27th in Chicago. This post is a short guide for anyone who might be visiting the conference and would like to learn more about IMLS programs and IMLS-funded projects.

See Us at the IMLS Booth

IMLS program staff will be onsite at booth #1613 during the Friday evening reception and Saturday through Monday during regular exhibit hours. Stop by to discuss upcoming funding opportunities or to find out about the library work IMLS is supporting.

IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew will be at the IMLS booth and is looking forward to hearing from you about museum, library, and information services throughout the nation. She will be available Saturday through Monday.

Sessions Featuring IMLS Supported Work

Several ALA sessions will feature IMLS grantees discussing their projects or IMLS staff discussing our programs. In addition to the highlights below, there will be many other sessions featuring IMLS funded work. We hope you will seek them out, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

2016 ALA Conference participants
Panel moderator Tim Carrigan, IMLS Senior Program Officer, (far right) and IMLS grant recipients at a 2016 ALA Conference session entitled: “Lessons from Learning Spaces: What Are Patrons Really Learning?”

Saturday, June 24th

Washington Office Update Session - Be A Catalyst: Harnessing Your Portfolio of Resources to Create Catalytic Change in Communities, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, CC, W176a

Libraries Taking on Autism: A Movement for Collaborative Solutions, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, McCormick Place, W175a

Communities in Need, Let’s Work Together: Collective Impact as a Model of Collaboration, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, McCormick Place, W179b

Measures that Matter: Creating a Public Library Data and Outcomes Action Plan, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, McCormick Place, S106a

Creating a Library-Owned Marketplace,  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, CC, W175c

The Library Card Challenge: Local Leaders Collaborating for Increased Access to Educational Resources, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Hyatt, Columbus Rm E-F

52 Weeks of Summer: Building Year Long Sustainability from Summer Success, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, CC, W179b

Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, CC, W181a

Public Libraries: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Early Literacy Success, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus EF

Sunday, June 25th

Design for Accessibility: A New Tool for You, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, CC, W176a

Get Smart: Transform Your Library for Active Learning, 11:30 AM – 12PM, CC, W183a

Tools for Adult Literacy through your Library, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, CC, W178b

Monday, June 26th

Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, McCormick Place, W176a

The Data Privacy Project - Everything You Thought You Knew (But May Have Had Wrong) About Privacy, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, CC, W190a

Laura McKenzie

Laura McKenzie is the Administrative Specialist in the Office of Library Services (OLS). She provides a range of administrative support to OLS including coordinating staff meetings, serving on the National Medal for Museum and Library Service team, and supporting the Acting Deputy Director for Library Services. Laura can be reached at