American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

Event contact title
To exhibit:
Event contact first name
Jennifer
Event contact last name
Ibe
Email
ala@heiexpo.com
Event contact telephone number
877-252-5180
Fax
630-434-1216
Notes

Contact Show Management for Exact Venue.

Description

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Attendee information

Total attendance is approximately 11-12,000, typically including over 9,000 paid registrants (including full, one-day and exhibits-only registrants), plus exhibitor staff, ALA staff and guests. On average, 18% of attendance is regional. Again, attendance varies by city. At the 2003 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, over 45% of attendees came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Exhibitor information

Exhibits have been part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting since 1981. The ALA Midwinter tradeshow typically includes 900 booths (approximately 450 exhibitors) and requires over 200,000 gross square feet of convention center space. Just as there are regional attendees, there are regional exhibitors. Regional exhibitors are often small and alternative publishers, specialty companies and professional services providers (e.g. architects), as well as new companies “testing” the conference or marketplace.

Partner Voices

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