2024 Conference

Register now! Join us January 25-28, 2024 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA.

2024 Annual CSLA Conference

January 25 - 28, 2024

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa


CSLA Member: $395

Nonmember: $495

Single Day: $200

Cancellations by December 31 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds beginning January 1, 2024.


Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

3050 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Free shuttle from John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County

3131 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Group Code: CSL

We have a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza directly across the street at the same rate. When booking online, select "group rate" for the rate preference. Enter the group code CSL. Or call 800-227-6963 and identity yourself as being with CSLA.

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California School Library Association (CSLA) is pleased to announce the 2024 Annual Conference and Exhibits at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California. Exhibit dates are Jan. 26 and 27, 2024 (Friday afternoon and Saturday). There will be a block of "conflict-free" exclusive exhibitor time. Exhibiting during this conference will give you access to qualified buyers and decision-makers in the school library profession, as well as invited guests attending from partner organizations. See the Exhibitor Prospectus for details.

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 25

(Subject to change)

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM   Registration Open
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Instructional Media Resource Associate Certification (IMRA) (additional fee)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Workshop 1 *
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Workshop 2 *
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Library Leadership Event
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Workshop 3 *
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM New Attendee / New Member Social
* Workshops will be included for attendees who register by October 31.  Afterwards, they are $50 per workshop.

Friday, January 26

(Subject to change)

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM    Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Membership Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Membership Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Concurrent Session 1
11:00 AM - 3:15 PM Retirees Events 
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM Membership Connections Lounge
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Concurrent Session 2
2:15 PM  - 3:15 PM Concurrent Session 3
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Makerspace Hub
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Presidents’ & Officers’ Reception and Dance

Saturday, January 27

(Subject to change)

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration open

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Opening Session

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maryanne Wolf

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Makerspace Hub

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Concurrent Session 4

11:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Retirees Events

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Exhibitor Learning Sessions

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Birds of a Feather

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Concurrent Session 5

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Section Events

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: CYRM Banquet*

*The CYRM Banquet is included for attendees who register by October 31. Afterward it is $100 until December 31, and $120 beginning January 1.

Sunday, January 28

(Subject to change)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Concurrent Session 6

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Closing Session & Speaker: Dr. Claudette McClinn

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Power Hour

Tips for Justifying your Attendance

Saves school money in times of challenging budgets.

  • Provides time saving, money saving, and innovative ideas for librarians, library staff, teachers, and students to use.
  • Learn from experienced teacher librarians and classified library personnel.
  • Exhibits offer the chance to review products that would fit the needs of your school. Offers the chance to network with vendors.
  • See demonstrations of new products and new product lines.
  • Conference provides an opportunity to hear experts in Young Adult and Children's literature.

Become a more effective teacher librarian or classified library staff member:

  • Provides ideas, strategies, and technology to serve your users.
  • Learn many of the cloud-based tools and social networks that students enjoy and teachers need to know.
  • Grow your personal learning network by meeting people from around the state.
  • Increase your value to the school by having the tools to teach Digital Literacy, Internet Safety, Cyber Safety for students, the Common Core State Standards, Model California School Library Standards, Copyright & Creativity, and more. 

Learn how to advocate for your library program:

  • Hear from our advocates in Sacramento as they share legislation that affects school library programs.
  • Learn about strategies to showcase your unique skills, becoming indispensable to your school and district.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to advocate for your student's library programs.

Finally, when you return to your school, share with your principal and staff what you learned from sessions, workshops, vendors, informal meetings, and special events.