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CLA 2017 Conference: New Worlds Emerge
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Registration for the 2017 Annual CLA conference is now open! Please click the "Register" button below to sign up for conference and purchase tickets to events.

11/2/2017 to 11/30/2017
When: November 2-4, 2017
Where: Riverside Convention Center & Riverside Mission Inn
Riverside, CA  91106
United States
Contact: California Library Association

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Registration for the 2017 Annual CLA conference is now open!

Our guiding motto this year is also a quote that inspired our conference theme: “When patterns are broken New Worlds Emerge.”  


We invite you to immerse yourself in all of the programs, speakers, and events at conference and see the kinds of worlds that emerge for you, your library, and your communities...



  • Offerings for 2017 include over 100 programs, preconferences, featured speakers, ignite talks and much more.  

  • Our Keynote speaker this year is Lindy West, writer, editor and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humour and body image.  Lindy’s New York Times Bestselling book, Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, shares her struggles with “inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm”

  • The popular Night Track is back with long-time favorites, haters ball and battledecks, but will also feature some fresh new content that you will not want to miss.  

  • This year’s Awards event will be a lovely gala at the beautiful Parisian Ballroom at the Mission Inn Hotel.  You will not want to miss this sophisticated event that will feature author and comedian, Paula Poundstone whose new book The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness was released in May 2017.  

  • The Beatty Awards reception has been reimagined as a charming breakfast event at the fabulous Mission Inn Hotel.

  • California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia will be with us again this year and we’ll also have David Kipen, former Literature Director of NEA and founder of Libros Schmibros.

  • Our closing speaker at the Membership Meeting will be California State Treasurer John Chiang.  As Treasurer he has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable.

  • Last but not least - Saturday night, join outgoing President Helen McAlary at a rooftop party in the heart of downtown Riverside for live music, drinks and food.  We’ll celebrate the end of conference and enjoy the amazing view of Riverside and beyond.


Where & When:

  • Pre-Conferences kick off on November 2nd, 2017 with full conference happening on November 3rd and 4th.

  • Conference will be held in Riverside, CA - with a newly remodeled convention center, historic award winning conference hotel, and all of the wonderful walkable restaurants and activities you will LOVE what Riverside has to offer.


If you have questions or comments about conference, please send us an email at We look forward to breaking patterns with you in Riverside.  



Vanessa Christman, Conference Chair

Helen McAlary, President




This year, CLA is going green.  No printed conference programs will be provided to attendees.  Please be sure to check our CLA Conference Website ( for the schedule and updates regarding our conference app.

Early Bird registrations must be paid in full by check or credit card no later than 5PM, September 1, 2017. Early Bird registrations unpaid as of 9AM, September 1, 2017, will be changed to Advance registrations and the Early Bird discount will be lost.
Advance registrations must be paid in full by check or credit card no later than 5PM, October 6, 2017. Any registrations that remain unpaid after the Advanced registration deadline will be cancelled.


All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted to no later than 5PM, October 6, 2017.  No cancellation and/or refund requests will be accepted after the deadline. CLA does not guarantee all refund requests will be accepted. Qualifying refunds will be issued after December 1, 2017. Refunds will be issued in the same format as payment: checks for payments made by check, credit card refund for payments made by credit card.

The following administrative processing fees apply: 
Registration fee: $100 
Preconference & Special Event fee: $50
Please note: the application of the processing fee may result in no refund being issued.

Please include your reason for request through email to


Attendance Policies
All attendees must be registered to attend conference.
All poster and program presenters are required to obtain a full conference registration by the close of the Early Bird registration period in order to participate at conference. A full one-day registration for the day you are presenting is acceptable; an Exhibit Hall pass does not constitute a full registration.
To maintain a professional atmosphere throughout the conference, as well as to ensure the safety of CLA members, speakers, personnel, and exhibits, CLA does not allow children under the age of 16 years, in educational programs, conference activities, or in the Exhibit Hall at any time.
Your attendance at the conference constitutes permission to utilize photos and video taken of you at the event for news, promotion, and similar purposes.

Conference Code of Conduct

CLA has adopted a Statement of Appropriate Conduct expected of all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors which can be found on our website at