• Booksellers and Authors Gather In Washington, D.C.

     
    POSTED July 1, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of ALA.
  • Booksellers and Authors Gather In Washington, D.C.

     
    POSTED July 1, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of ALA.

The American Library Association (ALA) just wrapped up its first in-person annual conference since 2019. Held in Washington, D.C. from June 23-June 28 at the  Walter E. Washington Convention Center and surrounding hotels, the conference drew about 14,000 attendees. While that’s a decrease from the more than 21,000 who attended the last conference, which was also held in Washington, D.C., it’s a “more than respectable” number, according to Publishers Weekly.

As Publishers Weekly also noted, traffic in the exhibit hall was steady, lines for books signings were long, and enthusiasm was high. The conference provided an example of how politics and meetings may intersect, with many librarians taking time from the convention center to join protests at the nearby Supreme Court after the decision striking down Roe V. Wade was announced on June 24.

Speakers on the main stage were a stellar group of writers, including actor and author Tiffany Haddish, bestselling kids’ horror writer R.L. Stine, and novelist Celeste Ng.

Future ALA annual conferences are scheduled for Chicago (2023), San Diego (2024), Philadelphia (2025), Chicago (2026), and New Orleans (2027). 

On Nov. 25, the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) released its latest quarterly Meeting Room of the Future Barometer. In a nutshell, the global association reports that the recovery of the meetings and events industry remains on a solid and positive trajectory.

Among the findings:

 

The Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors has its sights set on 2027. Building on an organizational strategy initially conceived in 2020 by key board, staff, and executive team members, the organization recently solidified its goals for the next five years.

“Over the course of the past two years, the goals were modified based on economic conditions, but those pillars remained intact and were validated by the MPI Board this past September during meetings held in Quintana Roo, Mexico,” says Drew S. Holmgreen, MPI chief branding officer.

 

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has announced “Meetings Matter” as the 2023 theme for Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) to be held on March 30. The international day of advocacy showcases the economic and societal importance of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions.