2016 VLA Conference, October 26-28
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA



Educate, Advocate, Promote, Praise, Repeat

What could be better than Fall at the Omni Homestead Resort to rejuvenate personally and professionally? PLUS in honor of the resort’s 250th anniversary celebration,
we are excited to offer attendees a sleeping room rate that meets librarians’ budgets.

Can’t wait to network with your people from all over Virginia? Conference registration is now open! Don't forget, VLA members save even more money! Join VLA today to get the special member rates.

Log in to VLA.org to begin your online registration: http://tinyurl.com/2016VLA

Download our Final Conference Program (with a full schedule of events)

Vendor Registration NOW OPEN

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Pricing for Conference


VLA Members*

Non Members

Full Conference



Full Conference for Session Presenters



Full Conference for Student/Retiree/
Trustee Members of VLA



One Day (Thursday or Friday)



One Day (Session Presenters)



One Day (Student/Retiree/
Trustee Members of VLA)



One Day (Presenters who are also Student/Retiree/Trustee Members)




NOTE: No meal tickets can be ordered after October 12.

* 2016 Members of the Virginia Library Association, the District of Columbia Library Association, the Maryland Library Association, the Delaware Library Association and the West Virginia Library Association are eligible for Member pricing.

Is your employer willing to pay your registration fees? With VLA’s registration system, you can make a partial payment for any extras or tickets now, and then invoice your organization for the registration only.


Special Events and Tickets


Conference Attendee Pricing

Event Only Pricing

Pre-conference: Sustainability with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm)



Pre-conference: Advocacy and Elevator Speech Boot Camp with ALA’s Jamie LaRue and Marcie Merola (Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm)



Pre-conference: Writing Academy with the Virginia Libraries Journal Editorial Board (Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm)



Bundled Meal Plan (includes Tickets #1 - #3)



Ticket 1: Wednesday Evening 25th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet



Ticket 2: Box Lunch Ticket



Ticket 3: Friday Luncheon with ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan




Complimentary Events

Wednesday Night NMRT Mini Golf Social (cash bar)



Thursday Late Night Movie




Preliminary Schedule

Learning, Exhibits, Food, Books, Networking, Socials, Programs, Speakers, Miniature Golf and More!

Pre-conference Events

Wednesday, October 26
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Choose one of three exciting Pre-conferences this year. Immerse yourself in Advocacy or Sustainability; or hone your Writing Skills with nationally-recognized facilitators.
Fees: $55 for pre-conference only; $40 with conference registration
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner on your own or Scholarship and Awards Banquet:
Celebrate VLA’s scholarship and award winners with a delicious sit-down dinner prepared in The Homestead’s award-winning kitchen. Fee: $55.00; any proceeds will be donated to the Scholarship Fund.
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

New Members Round Table Miniature Golf.
Yes, it’s inside. What’s your handicap? Free with a cash bar.


Conference Events

Thursday, October 27
8:30 am –
9:30 am
Ribbon-cutting and Complimentary coffee, tea and pastries in the Exhibit Hall
9:30 am – 11 am Keynote Address by 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Lunch Break (Make it easy with a box lunch for $15) Prepare to learn!
12:15 – 1:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:15 – 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 3:00 pm Poster Sessions (Fresh ideas and a refreshment break in the Exhibit Hall)
3:15 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:15 – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:15 – 6:00 pm Business Meetings
6:00 pm –
8:00 pm
Dinner On Your Own
8:00 pm –
10:00 pm
All Conference Social (Sweet and savory snacks provided, in addition to one complimentary glass of wine or beer.)
10:00 pm – ? Late-night Movie (You know there will be a librarian in the movie! Free.)


Friday, October 28
8:30 am – 9:15 am Complimentary continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall (Again!)
9:30 am – 10:15 am Concurrent Sessions
10:30 am – 11:15 am Concurrent Sessions
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch with past-ALA president Maureen Sullivan. Fee: $30
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:00 pm End of Conference

Prepare to be amazed by what your colleagues are doing. With concurrent sessions you can catch up with what’s going on in our academic, public, and special libraries. There are workshops, discussions, how-we-did-its, and more to tempt staff and friends from the circulation desk to the Director’s office. More (free) events are being organized and will be added to the schedule soon. Hamilton sing-alongs, knitting meet-ups – we’re finalizing all the details. 

The following have played key roles in the planning of the conference:

Martha Hutzel, 2016 VLA President, [email protected]
Sasha Matthews, 2016 VLA Conference Chair, [email protected]
and the 2016 VLA Conference Committee.



To reserve your room at The Omni Homestead, please click here:

NOTE ON LODGING: The VLA room block at the Homestead sold out in the second week of August, much to everyone’s surprise. The Homestead has also provided this listing of local inns and hotels.

Vendor Information

If you are interested in exhibiting at our conference, please visit our Exhibitor Application page.

The following vendors will be joining us: (updated 10/11/16)

AIM-VA/ George Mason University
American Psychological Association
Annual Reviews
Association Book Exhibit
AWE Learning
Baker & Taylor
Better World Books
Book Systems, Inc
Capira Technologies
Children's Plus, Inc.
Creative Office Environments
Delta Graphic, Inc.
Dept. Of State- Washington Passport Agency
Douron, Inc
EBSCO Information Services
Encyclopedia VA/VA Center for the Book
Enteros Design
FaxScan24 Fax & Scan Service
Friends of the Culpeper County Library
HBA Architecture & Interior Design
HBM Architects
Impressions Theatre
Ingram Library Services
Kaplan Early Learning Company
Liberty Systems, Inc.
Library Interiors
Library Mini Golf
Library of Virginia
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Manage Mobility
Midwest Tape
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
Niche Academy
O'Brien Associates
Oxford University Press
Penguin Random House
Playaway Pre-Loaded Products by Findaway
Pronunciator LLC
Recorded Books
Roanoke Public Library Foundation
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Scannx, Inc.
Scholastic Library Publishing
School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
Taylor and Francis eBooks
Tech Logic Corporation
The Crowley Company
TLC--The Library Corporation
Transparent Language, Inc.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
University of Kentucky
University of North Texas Department of Library & Information Sciences
University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, Library and Information Science
Veterans Benefits Administration
Wolters Kluwer
World Book


Questions? Contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at [email protected]