2024 Library Insights Summit

Library Insights Summit

COMMUNITY, COLLABORATION, AND SUPPORT

Join book publishers, librarians, and library-industry professionals for a day-long intensive focused on strengthening the publisher-librarian relationship. Rural and urban librarians devoted to building inclusive communities will serve as special guests, and their guidance will provide a template for publishers to work more successfully with libraries across North America. Book bans, wholesalers, ebooks, and collection development will also be discussed. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and invest in your bottom line.

Preliminary Schedule – as of 2.20.2024*

9:00 – 9:30 am: OPENING KEYNOTE: JOHN CHRASTKA, EveryLibrary
9:30 – 10:30 am: MEETING THE NEEDS OF COLLECTION DEVELOPERS
10:45 – 11:45 am: BUILDING BRIDGES TO END BOOK BANS
Noon – 1:00 pm: LUNCH and KEYNOTE
1:00 – 1:50 pm: EXPLORING eBOOK OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
2:00 – 2:50 pm: LESSONS FROM LIBRARY WHOLESALERS
3:00 – 3:50 pm: AFTERGLOW
4:00 – 5:30 pm: ALA Annual Conference OPENING GENERAL SESSION
5:30 – 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION

* Details will be added as they are confirmed

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THE PROGRAM

9:00 – 9:30 am: OPENING KEYNOTE: JOHN CHRASTKA, EveryLibrary

There are a lot of concerns across our ecosystem about external pressures - from legislation and censorship, to changes in consumer behavior and media consumption. But it is because of those external threats that our ecosystem also needs to build Community around the culture of reading through authentic Collaborations and legitimate Supports. 

9:30 – 10:30 am: MEETING THE NEEDS OF COLLECTION DEVELOPERS
A panel of acquisition librarians from a variety of different sized branches discuss their common joys and challenges, including what makes a compelling project in particular genres, the book selection process, seasonal considerations, how reviews and awards play into decisions, and suggestions for publishers on pitching their new books.

10:45 – 11:45 am: BUILDING BRIDGES TO END BOOK BANS
How are librarians and libraries coping with book banning efforts? How can publishers support their ability to choose books without threats or undue pressure? As a publisher, how can you help librarians as advocates for free and open access to books? A panel of librarians and experts share their challenges and process ideas with the audience.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH and KEYNOTE

1:00 – 1:50 pm: EXPLORING eBOOK OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
The library ebook landscape has been evolving over the past decade, and libraries saw strong interest in digital content including ebooks and audiobooks during the pandemic. In this session, a librarian, digital aggregator, and publisher will discuss lending models, libraries’ challenges to meet patron demand with their budgets, and ways to increase transparency in data—with the goal of increasing collaboration between librarians and publishers directly. 

2:00 – 2:50 pm: LESSONS FROM LIBRARY WHOLESALERS
Developing a strong relationship with distributors and wholesalers is key to success at selling into libraries. A panel representing some of the more successful vendors will identify ways their key publishers are making headway in a competitive market and share best practices for how to do more business with them.

3:00 – 3:45 pm: AFTERGLOW

REGISTRATION

Registration for this event will be available as an additional Ticketed Event through the ALA Registration System. 

A. Exhibitors interested in registering for the Library Insights Summit Publishers Conference: after the main booth contact registers staff for Exhibitor Badges, the main contact can then add “Library Insights Summit” registration under “Ticketed Events”. Event code: ALA2

When you are onsite and go to Exhibitor Registration, you will receive your exhibitor badge and your ticket to the Library Insights Summit.

B. Non-exhibitors interested in registering for the Library Insights Summit Publishers Conference: You can register through the Attendee Registration site, where you will first create a profile on the ALA portal, and then be directed to the Annual Conference Attendee Registration Site. From the ALA Attendee Registration site, if you are just attending the Library Insights Summit, select “Single Session” Registration, proceed through the registration process and select “Library Insights Summit” on the ticketed event page. Event code: ALA2

When you are onsite and go to Attendee Registration, you will receive your attendee badge and ticket to the Library Insights Summit.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact ALA Registration at [email protected].

Let us know if you're interested in Exhibiting!