National Conference of African American Librarians

Authors and Publishers: Exhibit at the National Conference of African American Librarians


The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invites authors, publishers, vendors, educational and not-for-profit organizations, and businesses to exhibit during the 9th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL). This bi-annual conference will be held August 4-8, 2015, in St. Louis, MO at the Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch.

The 9th National Conference of African American Librarians offers participating exhibitors an opportunity to meet decision makers from libraries from across the country. More than 500 attendees representing a variety of public and private libraries, including the New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, Hampton University, Chicago Public Library, St. Louis Public Library, and others will be in attendance.

Authors and publishers, this is an opportunity to get your books into libraries across the country. This is a selling event.

Save 25% on the Regular Exhibitor’s Rate

Get 25% of rateContact BCALA President, Kelvin Watson (, tell him you learned about the conference from, you and you’ll save 25% on the regular exhibitor rate!

For over 40 years the BCALA have been advocates for promoting and improving library services to diverse populations and communities of color, and providing leadership for the recruitment and development of African American education and information professionals. Your participation will also help the BCALA’s legacy of championing diversity and inclusion within libraries.

Conference Call for Proposals Extended

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is also seeking proposals for innovative projects and programs. The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Friday, February 6, 2015. The committee welcomes proposals from everyone; membership in BCALA is not required. Visit the BCALA to learn more.

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  • Libraries are much more open to working with indie authors and publishers, than you might assume. In addition, to exhibiting opportunities described above. There are opportunities for authors to participate for free and submit proposals for presentations.

    This conference will not take place for another two years. Take advantage of it.

  • Appreciate this update, Troy. My next book from Thomas Nelson’s W Publishing Group (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) releases April 2015. Grateful for your timely industry updates and advice–including this reminder to exhibit at this year’s NCAAL. Thank you. Onward!

    • This looks like an interesting book @patriciaraybon:disqus, it was not clear Undivided ( is fiction or non-fiction. Which is it? I like the cover too. Is the Christian woman deliberately subordinate the Muslim woman? Are these the actual women (assuming a nonfiction work?

      • Troy, our book is nonfiction. The photo shows my daughter Alana Raybon (foreground) and me in the background, but that positioning wasn’t deliberate. Our book confronts our struggle to make peace after Alana left the church, converted to Islam and became a Muslim. It’s a mother-daughter journey, but any reader struggling with family tensions should relate. Troy, if you would like a review copy, I can send you more information. Please let me know. Thanks, meantime, for your interest. Appreciate that. Best regards, Patricia Raybon

  • Good luck with the conference! Cassandra

  • The program for the conference is now available: