The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference brought 13,000 attendees and 5,500 exhibitors to Las Vegas from June 26 – July 1, 2014. This was down from the previous year’s 20,000 attendees, but up slightly from 2012’s 12,500 attendees.
Perhaps Vegas had something to do with the downward shift in attendance. It was hot. So hot! Anyone spending time outside the convention center or hotels risked melting into the pavement. The last time Las Vegas hosted the ALA Annual Conference was in 1973. I’m pretty certain Sin City won’t be placed back on ALA’s return list any time soon.
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