About the Conference

Conference Venue

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(1+) 312-322-1700

Conference Language

The conference will be held in English.

Registration Fee

Postmarked by July 15:
ALA or IFLA members: $375
Non-members: $425

Postmarked after July 15:
ALA or IFLA members: $450
Non-members: $500

Registration fee includes:

  • Admission to all program sessions
  • ILDS conference bag
  • All-conference dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks

Social Events

Pre-Conference Get Together (18 September)

The American Library Association's resource sharing section, STARS , invites all ILDS participants to a pre-conference cocktail reception at Branch 27 , formerly a neighborhood branch of the Chicago Public Library and now a popular restaurant known for a different set of ABCs: ambience, bar food, and cocktails. Join your STARS hosts and colleagues from around the world for cocktails and bistro fare on Sunday evening, 18 September. See final Program for details on exact time and location. You will want to take a taxi to Branch 27, located at 1371 W. Chicago Avenue, but it's worth the ride. This event is not included in your registration fee.

Conference dinner (19 September)

All participants are invited to join us Monday evening for the conference dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) . Located just one block east of the Magnificent Mile , the MCA offers outstanding examples of visual art from 1945 to the present with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and work by Chicago-based artists. After dinner, wander the galleries and enjoy the collections, or take in the view of Lake Michigan from the atrium. The conference dinner is included in your registration fee; additional guest tickets are available for purchase at a rate of $60 each. Catering is provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Chicago Skyline Boat Tour (20 September)

One of the best ways to see the city is from the water, so we have scheduled an optional boat cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan shoreline. The First Lady sets sail Tuesday evening, and of course cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served! Tickets are $50 per person and available for purchase when you register for the conference .