ALA Annual 2024

A Little Bit of Something for Everyone at #ALAAC24

It’s almost that time of year again when library workers from all over the country flock to the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference to learn about fresh ideas and new resources that they can implement at their libraries. As a member of the ALSC Programming Committee, I had the amazing opportunity to be involved in selecting sessions that will be held at the 2024 ALA Conference. This year in San Diego, attendees seeking fresh ideas, new learning experiences, and building connections in libraries will be in for a memorable conference. 

There are a variety of sessions that will appeal to all. Some of the sessions that were selected this year by the ALSC Programming Committee include celebrating the power of authentic and diverse representation in Muslim stories, creating Autism ready spaces by designing inclusive early literacy programs, and supporting children by activating their mind and body through non-fiction picture books.

I’d like to also encourage attendees to remember to check out poster sessions! The wonderful part of this type of conference session is that attendees are able to engage with the presenters while they view their poster presentation. I’m excited that two children’s librarians from Santa Clara County Library District will present a poster session titled, “Read for Change: Inclusive Book Club for Young Readers.” They will discuss the value of celebrating diverse voices in early chapter books with the Changemakers book club and giving tween readers a chance to openly discuss banned or challenged graphic novels in the Freedom Readers book club. 

It’s so incredibly important to take advantage of the invaluable resources available whether it be through program sessions, the exhibit hall, or special ticketed events. One of my favorite parts of attending the ALA conference will always be meeting other library professionals from different walks of life and various parts of the country. I am always so intrigued by all of the admirable work and impactful services that I hear about through conversations. For those who are going – lean in and enjoy yourselves as all of you have so much to process and gain from attending the 2024 ALA Conference!

Photo credit: Santa Clara County Library District

Raina Tuakoi is the Children’s Supervising Librarian at Cupertino Library with the Santa Clara County Library District. She is a 2012 ALA Spectrum Scholar and 2018 ALA Emerging Leader. Currently she serves as a member on the ALSC Programming Committee and as the California Library Association Begun Scholarship Chair. Raina is committed to creating diverse programming, inclusive spaces, and accessible collections that support children and their families in public libraries.

This blog post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, III. Programming Skills, and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development

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