Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out the answers to your most frequently asked questions:

1) What is NCAAL XI? Why should I attend?
The National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) is the largest professional gathering of African Americans working in library and information science, individuals working in libraries serving predominately African American communities and those with an interest in African American librarianship.
NCAAL provides attendees with an array of learning, professional development, and networking opportunities. Nationally recognized speakers, authors and leaders, present on issues, opportunities, and best practices. Attendees always get to experience a bit of the local flavor and history of the host city with special events, and tours highlighting the city’s Black history and culture.
2) What is the approximate cost to attend NCAAL?

NCAAL cost varies depending on the conference location. NCAAL planning committees have worked to ensure that the cost of registration and hotel rates make the conference financially feasible. Conference registration rates are competitive with similar size library conferences. There are special registration rates for early registrants, BCALA members among others, that can yield cost savings. We encourage you to plan ahead to get the best rates on airfare, and conference registration. Below are the proposed or estimated costs for registration, and rates for the conference hotel.
Proposed Conference Registration Rates*:

Registration Types Early Advanced
BCALA Member $275 $325
Ethnic Caucus/ALA/Regional (AK, KS, TX) $350 $350
Non-member $400 $450
Retired $200 $200
Student $150 $150
Exhibits Only $75 $75

The following conference registration rates are subject to change.

Hyatt Tulsa NCAAL XI Conference Rates:

  • $109/night single, doubles, triple, quad
  • $129/night Regency Club, King Single or Double

Note: These rates apply only to the Tulsa Hyatt, the official conference NCAAL XI hotels. The planning committee has not negotiated any additional room rates with any other hotels in Tulsa. Room rates for other hotels in the area will vary. It is recommended that you contact your preferred hotel for current rates.

Estimated airfares to Tulsa (TUL): *

  • Major East Coast Cities: $400+
  • Major West Coast Cities: $350+
  • Major Midwest Cities: $300+
  • Major Southern Cities: $325+

*Note: These estimates are provided as a tool to help you budget for your conference experience. They are not intended to be a guaranteed price. Conference registration rates are subject to change prior to registration opening. Airfares are subject to fluctuate widely. You are advised to check airfares for your specific city to obtain a more accurate estimate.

3) Will the conference be accessible for attendees needing special accommodations?
Yes, NCAAL is committed to assisting conference attendees in need of special accommodations. When registering for the conference you will be able to indicate if you need any special accommodations. Members of the conference planning committee and/or conference site will work with you.
4) Do I need to be a member of ALA and/or BCALA to attend NCAAL?
You do not need to be a member of ALA or BCALA to attend the conference. A reduced rate is often offered to those with association and/or caucus membership.
5) How can I become a member of BCALA?
You can find information about BCALA membership here.
6) Is there travel support for NCAAL?
A limited amount of funding to support NCAAL conference travel grants through a competitive selection process. Information about the travel grants will be available when conference registration opens in early 2020.
7) What should I do if I am interested in speaking or presenting at the conference?
Program proposal submissions will open in Fall 2019. You will be able to submit a program proposal through the website. If you have ideas for conference speakers or authors, please contact the conference program chairs: Nichelle Hayes and Tawana Hodge
8) How can my organization exhibit at the conference, or be a conference sponsor?
Please check the Exhibitors & Sponsors section of this website for more information about exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities along with the contact information for those committee chairs.
9) Is it too late to be a part of the planning committee?
It’s not too late! You can learn more about the planning committee and how you can participate here. If you have questions about NCAAL planning, please feel free to contact the conference chairs:
Keith Jemison: and Tracey Hunter Hayes:
To volunteer, visit BCALA.ORG
10) I am planning to attend the conference. How can I volunteer during the conference?
There will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer during the conference. As the conference draws closer, information about volunteering at the conference will be available on the website.
11) How can I get updates about the conference?
For conference updates, you can visit the NCAAL Conference website, look for articles in the BCALA newsletter, and announcements on BCALA listserv and social media platforms.