The Black CaucusAmerican Library Association, Inc. 12th National Conference of African American Librarians ( NCAALXII) July 24 – 27, 2024Conference Theme: Culture Keepers: Unity in Diversity – Stronger Together in the Africa Diaspora New Orleans, Louisiana

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), www.bcala.org, invites exhibitors, publishers, vendors, educational and not-for-profit organizations, and businesses to join the 12th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), July 24 – July 27, 2024, in New Orleans, LA, at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our Conference theme is Culture Keepers XII: Unity in Diversity – Stronger Together in the African Diaspora.

For over 50 years, BCALA has been an integral part of the American Library Association as an affiliate and the librarian profession as a whole. The organization serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African-American community. It also provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African-American librarians. The NCAALXII offers participating exhibitors & organizations unique on-site and virtual promotional marketing opportunities that will provide major visibility throughout the conference and include program sponsorships and event partnerships. We are expecting 40 exhibitors and 500+ attendees representing public, academic, school, and special libraries.

Your participation is pivotal to our success, and your sponsorship would support BCALA’s continuing programs, mentorship, scholarships, and forums.

We are including in this letter an advertising form, sponsorship program form, and 2024 conference highlights. Please help us continue the BCALA legacy and build the foundation for the hard work we have ahead of us as we face the challenges of the future. We hope you will show your support by participating as an exhibitor or contributor. We are happy to answer any questions.

July 24 – July 27, 2024 Conference Hightlights

Conference Dates and Scheduling

We are excited for the NCAALXII (2024) of The Black Caucus of the American Library Association. We are continuing our tradition of beginning the conference on Wednesday and ending on Saturday. This is also a wonderful opportunity for attendees to stay and explore the city of New Orleans once the conference concludes on Sunday afternoon. Please visit the conference website www.ncaal.org for more information.

Signature Conference Events

  • Pre-Conference activity.
  • The Kick-off – Opening Plenary Session featuring a nationally known keynote speaker (Thursday).
  • Exhibits Grand Opening, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Thursday).
  • Explore – Resources, tools, authors, and local artisans with our exhibits (Thursday- Saturday).
  • Exhibits Closing Reception, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Saturday).

Hotel Information

Our host hotel is the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The New Orleans Marriott is centrally located in New Orleans, Louisiana, steps from Canal Street and within a 10-minute walk of Jackson Square. This 4-star hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Café du Monde and 0.6 mi (1 km) from the French Market.

Sponsorship Program Form

$45,000 – Platinum supporter of BCALA

  • One free exhibit space during the conference
  • One free single-page ad in the conference program
  • Conference registration paid for up to two (3) designated participants
  • Top-level listing of name on event sponsor website
  • Mention and thanks from the conference podium

$10,000 – Gold supporter of BCALA Transportation

  • One free single-page ad in the conference program
  • Conference registration fee paid for up to one (2) designated participants
  • Top-level listing of name on event sponsor website
  • Mention and thanks from the conference podium

$10,000 – Gold supporter of BCALA Transportation

  • One free single-page ad in the conference program
  • Conference registration fee paid for up to one (2) designated participants
  • Top-level listing of name on event sponsor website
  • Mention and thanks from the conference podium

$5,000 – Garnet supporter of BCALA Opening Reception

  • Free half-page ad in the conference program
  • Top-level listing of name on event sponsor website
  • Mention and thanks from the conference podium

Mid-Level Sponsors

  • $500 or $1,000 – Mid-level listing of name on website and conference program

Beginning-Level Sponsors

  • $250 – Lower-level listing of name on event website and conference program

Entry-Level Sponsors

  • Less than $250
  • Letter of appreciation