Keynote Speaker: Henry Rollins
We're delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2013 California Library Association in Long Beach will be Henry Rollins. Henry is a perfect speaker for our conference theme of “Let’s Make Some Noise!” His thoughtful, insightful, and entertaining commentary on social issues can be found across multiple media.
Originally best known as the singer for the seminal Southern California punk rock band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986, and the Rollins Band in the decade that followed, he has also released over a dozen spoken word albums in which he shares his commentary on a host of social and political topics. He has also published fifteen books of journals, poetry, autobiography, and photography, including 1992’s Black Coffee Blues, 1994’s Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag, and most recently, 2011’s Occupants, a collection of photographs from around the world paired with essays about the world condition, which wired.com called “an impressive collection built entirely out of Rollins' desire to expose readers to corners of the world they may otherwise never see.” Read more
This year, we went out on a limb and called for interactive, interesting, and innovative programs for the 2013 CLA Conference. When we came up with our tagline, we didn’t know that the “interactive” requirement would raise the level of stress across the state! It turns out that when people hear “interactive” they think they’re going to have to reveal their innermost secrets while holding hands with a stranger or do something goofy and embarrassing!
Our call for interactive, innovative, and interesting was catchy, but we might have been better served by explaining that what we wanted were programs that ensured audience members were actively engaged. We wanted every submitter to plan, in advance, to engage the people in the room – at least make them active instead of passive listeners.
Well, despite the angst that our call for interactive proposals generated, the California library community has come through with flying colors! There are traditional presentations and panels on cutting edge topics, sessions with opportunities for group discussions and activities, and teamwork, hands-on activities, quizzes, competitions, stuff to play with, live demos, active learning opportunities, and more!
We’re delighted by the excellent submissions we’ve received. They are creative, innovative, intelligent, clever, fun, interesting, inspiring, and yes, even interactive! We’re confident that we’ll have three days in Long Beach that you’ll never forget!
Exhibitor information, including exhibit space application materials, Exhibit Hall floor plan, advertising opportunities, and conference information, is now available.
We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach in November!
For more information, please visit our exhibitor site: exhibitors.heiexpo.com/CLA/
Check out Long Beach
Long Beach’s beautiful downtown waterfront is home to attractions, shopping, entertainment, nightlife, and more than 100 quality restaurants serving cuisines from around the world—all within walking distance of the Convention Center and Hotel.
Present your conference badge at the Aquarium of the Pacific after 2:00pm to visit for only $8! (Regular price $25.99.) The Aquarium has more than 11,000 animals representing the diversity of the Pacific Ocean, and visitors can interact with sharks and rays, feed lorikeet birds, touch sea jellies, visit the new Penguin Habitat, and more!
CLA conference attendees will also receive special offers and discounts at local restaurants! Just show your conference badge at participating venues (New venues are being added all the time!).
If you would like to go further afield, Long Beach Transit also has a complimentary Passport Shuttle Route that services Pine Avenue, local attractions, hotels and businesses.
About CLA 2013
California Library Association is proud to present its Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center this November 3-5, 2013.
Our annual conference is California's premier event for library professionals. Network and learn via workshops, presentations, and special events; meet vendors and check out their latest products and services; hear world-renowned speakers inform, motivate & entertain.
Curious what last year's conference was like? Check out last year's website and photos from the event.
CLA 2013 on Twitter
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for… the 115th California Library Association Annual Conference! “Let’s Make Some Noise!” is our theme, and we hope to bring that noisy spirit of enthusiasm, celebration, excitement, advocacy, and fun to every element of the conference.
|CLA President Derek Wolfgram|
We have assembled a supergroup of over 35 creative and engaged conference committee members representing the full diversity of libraries and library workers in California to make sure the conference strikes a chord with everyone. At the end of last year’s conference, you shouted out your requests in the conference evaluations, and we heard you. Read more