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ALA Lounge Hours:

Friday, June 28 – 9:00am – 6:00pm   |  Saturday, June 29 – 9:00am – 5:00pm   |   Sunday, June 30 – 9:00am – 5:00pm   |  Monday, July 1 – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Be sure to stop by the ALA Lounge to find information and the latest news and resources from across the association. 

  • Connect with fellow attendees to discuss issues facing library workers and share stories and ideas with our 20-minute huddles (see the schedule below).
  • Meet volunteers and members from across the Association to find out what ALA Divisions, Offices, and Round Tables are working on – and how you can get involved!
  • Connect with staff from the ALA Member Relations and Services team – staff will be available in the booth during set hours to answer your questions about ALA membership.
  • Find materials and information from across the association, including resources and tools for you and your library.
  • Find out how ALA membership can help enhance your career and gain information that will help you improve library services to your community.

What’s going on in the ALA Connect Lounge?

Unite Against Book Bans at the ALA Connect Lounge! 

Learn about the ways in which Unite Against Book Bans is fighting censorship and supporting communities from Unite partners, staff, and volunteers! Unite leaders will be on hand at the ALA Connect Lounge to talk about intellectual freedom, the work of the initiative, and how our communities can help support libraries and library workers.



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Reader Voter Ready!

Elections are around the corner. Visit the Reader Voter Ready counter to pick up new resources and learn how librarians are getting ourselves and our communities #ReaderVoterReady.

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ALA Annual 2024 Bingo 

Grab a card and get bingo by meeting people, attending sessions, exploring the exhibit hall and more! Bring your BINGO back to the ALA Connect Lounge any time throughout the conference and win a prize (while supplies last).

20 Minute Huddles 

Pop in to one of our 20 Minute Huddles scheduled throughout the weekend. Find a topic that interests you and join an intimate discussion group to share thoughts and generate ideas. All ideas welcome!

Saturday, June 29

  • 10am – 10:20am: “Think about walking into your library. What do your users see? What are all the ways there are (or could be) for everyone walking in to feel a sense of welcoming and/or belonging?”  w/ Julie Stivers (ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman)
  • 10:30am – 10:50am TABLE 1: “As communities focus on needs assessments, how can libraries flip the focus to feature community assets that leverage new partnerships and attract sponsor and grant funding?” w/ Bess de Farber (ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman)
  • 10:30am – 10:50am TABLE 2: Social Responsibilities Round Table

    11:30am – 11:50am: “How can public libraries share sexual and reproductive health information?” w/ Barbara Alvarez (ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman)

  • 3:00pm – 3:20pm: “What Are the Implications of Generative Artificial Intelligence Programs like ChatGPT on reference and instruction?” w/ Melissa Del Castillo (Reference & User Services Association)

Sunday, June 30

  • 10:00am – 10:20am TABLE 1: “If money was no object, what visionary library projects would you implement to address key community needs and maximize positive outcomes?” w/ Stephanie Gerding (ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman)
  • 10:00am – 10:20am TABLE 2: “Small and rural libraries, what resources and support do you find most valuable, and what additional resources or services would further enhance your ability to serve your communities?” w/ Kate Laughlin (Public Programs Office)
  • 12:30pm – 12:50pm: “How do you make reference interview accessible to neurodivergent patrons?” w/ Carrie Banks (Reference & User Services Association)
  • 2:00pm – 2:20pm: “What types of platforms and content do you engage with to get your library policy news and take action on library issues? What kind of engagement opportunities would you like to see in the future?” w/ Kris Stewart (Public Policy and Advocacy Office)
  • 2:30pm – 2:50pm: “User Services: What does this mean in today's libraryland?” w/ Cynthia Johnson (Reference & User Services Association)
  • 3:00pm – 3:20pm: “Many libraries are facing staffing challenges. How can children's librarians manage library services, programming, collection building, and early youth outreach with diminished human capital?” w/ Linda Ernst (ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman)

Monday, July 1

  • 11:00am – 11:20am TABLE 1: “Write or be written off: what can we learn and do about predatory publishing in research environments?” w/ Natalie Maquez (Reference & User Services Association)
  • 11:00am – 11:20am TABLE 2: “How can retired members stay engaged in ALA and the profession through the Retired Members Round Table?” w/ Lisa Kippur (Retired Members Round Table)
  • 12:00pm – 12:20pm: “What work-related thing are you looking forward to in the year ahead? Why?” w/ Larayne Dallas (Reference & User Services Association)
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ALA Lounge Volunteer Spotlights

Throughout the conference volunteers from our Divisions and Affiliates will be taking over our ALA Connect Lounge reference desk. Stop by and talk with them about what projects they are working on and how you get involved.

Friday, June 28

  • 9:00am – 11:00am: Association of Jewish Libraries
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Black Caucus of ALA

Saturday, June 29

Sunday, June 30

Monday, July 1

ALA Round Table Corner

Stop by the Round Table Corner of the ALA Connect Lounge to talk with volunteers from ALA Round Tales about what they are working on and how you get involved.

Friday, June 28

Saturday, June 29

Sunday, June 30