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  • What is ALA's policy regarding wheeled devices on the Exhibit Floor?

    Strollers and scooters are permitted on the exhibit floor as long as they are in use at all times.  Wheeled carts, however, are not permitted at any time. If you have a medical condition requiring you to use a cart, please bring a doctor's note to the accessibility booth in the registration area.

  • Will there be any form of accommodations for attendees that require accessibility?

    ALA is pleased to offer scooters and/or interpreter services for attendees at Annual Conference. Please visit http://2016.alamidwinter.org/accessibility or contact Alicia Navarro at [email protected] for details.

  • Can Exhibits Only registrants attend author signings?

    Any Exhibits Only registrant can attend any author signing in the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Exhibit Hall passes are for use on the exhibit floor Sat., Sun., and Mon. only.

  • Does ALA have a code of conduct for its conferences?

    Yes, a Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences is posted on each of ALA's conference websites.

  • Does ALA provide transportation from the hotels to the convention center?

    Yes, ALA and Gale Cengage Learning provide complimentary shuttle services from the official ALA hotels to the convention center. Dates, times and routes can be found in the Hotels & Travel section.

  • Do you have a coat check?

    Yes, coat check is available on level 0 next to the bus drop off location

  • Does ALA have any other tips for conference?

    Yes, please click on the following link for general Safety Tips to follow while at conference and for general travel. Safety Tips

  • Do you offer childcare at Midwinter Meeting?

    ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, per family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting. You must provide a receipt for childcare.  This covers only childcare in the parent’s hotel room or other residence in the meeting city (Boston) and does not include charges for children’s food and transportation or gratuities and transportation for the sitter. ALA will not reimburse childcare expenses to attendees who live within the Boston area that would be paid to the regular provider whether the parent was attending the Midwinter Meeting or not. Parents may contact their hotel childcare center/babysitting service where it is available or select one from the phone book. Reimbursement forms are available at the ALA Conference Services Desk and must be signed by the individual performing the childcare services and presented by the parent to the ALA Conference Services Desk by January 11, 2016. Please note that all reimbursement will be mailed out to the attendee following the conference.

  • I need a letter of attendance for my records.

    Please visit the letter attendance kiosk to print your letter.

  • Can non-committee members attend committee meetings?

    Yes, anyone who is registered for the day of a committee meeting or for the full conference can attend any meeting that is not marked as "closed."

  • Does ALA have an onsite store?

    Award-Winning Products are at the ALA Store. Find the ALA Store in the registration area, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by!

  • Do I need to be a member of ALA to register for an exhibits-only pass?


    No, you do not need to be a member of ALA in order to register for an exhibits only pass.

  • Can non-ALA members attend committee meetings?

    Yes, non-ALA members who are registered for the day of a committee meeting or for the full conference can attend any meeting not marked as "closed."

  • Why do bundle, early bird and advance registration end at noon?

    We have found that many people wait until the last minute to register or book their housing. We want to be sure we can have the proper staffing available to assist anyone who has questions or technical difficulties while registering or booking housing and this seems to be the best cut-off time to have those resources available.

  • Do I need to be a member of ALA to register for full Midwinter Meeting registration?

    No, you may register and attend the conference at the non-member rate. To learn more about membership, go to www.ala.org/membership/joinala

  • Can I attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies if I have an Exhibits-Only pass?

    No, only attendees registered for the conference itself can attend the ALA Awards Ceremonies.

  • When and where will the conference take place?

    The conference will be Friday, January 8 through Tuesday, January 12 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

  • Who should attend?

    Librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators and students--anyone who is passionate about books, libraries, and eager to learn and shape the future of the industry.

  • Will Midwinter Meeting 2016 host Ignite Sessions? How do I submit?

    Yes, Midwinter Meeting 2016 will be hosting Ignite sessions. Check the scheduler for session details.

  • Does ALA provide a letter of attendance?

    Yes, if you need a letter of attendance please click here

  • What forms of payment does the onsite registration desk accept?

    Onsite we accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

  • How do I create a schedule of events to attend onsite?

    ALA members can log in to the Conference Scheduler when it opens in December to get started adding sessions to their schedule. Non-ALA members need to make sure they have an ALA Connect account they can use with the Conference Scheduler. There are also some help documents for how to use the Scheduler once you're logged in.

  • How do I register for a preconference?

    To register for a preconference, you can include it with your initial registration or add it later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing [email protected].

  • What is ALA's policy regarding children on the Exhibit Floor?

    Strollers are permitted on the exhibit floor but only if there is a child in them at all times. Unescorted children are not permitted on the exhibit floor. Children under the age of five must be under control at all times(stroller, pack, etc.). Any child over the age of five must have an Exhibits Only badge to be admitted to the exhibit floor. These badges are available at onsite registration for $50. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16.

  • What is the dress code for the Midwinter Meeting?

    Business casual