MLA 2023 Annual Conference Connecting the Dots


MLA 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Registration Information and Rates

Registration Opens: Friday, June 16, 2023
Early Bird Rate: Friday, June 16 through Friday, September 8, 2023
Standard Rate: Saturday, September 9 through Thursday, October 5, 2023
Onsite Rate: Friday, October 6 though Friday, October 20, 2023
Online Registration Closes: Monday, October 16, 2023
Registration Closes: Friday, October 20, 2023

Registration Rates

  One Day Two Days Full Conference
Early Bird Member $220 $255 $295
Early Bird Non-Member $440 $510 $590
Student/Retiree Member
(Early Bird Only)
$95 $145 $170
Standard Member $245 $305 $345
Standard Non-Member $490 $610 $690
Onsite Member $300 $350 $400
Onsite Non-Member $600 $700 $800


Register to attend by clicking the link below. This form applies to members, non-members, and students. Please note: individual membership is required to receive the 50% discount on registration rates and the registration must be submitted from the individual member’s profile. If you need help accessing your account, please contact us at [email protected].

Online registration for the MLA 2023 Annual Conference is now closed.

Scholarships Are Available!

If you are an MLA member and would like to attend this conference but need financial assistance, please submit a scholarship application to MLA as soon as possible. The form is easy to submit, and MLA is dedicated to making this event as accessible to library professionals as possible, especially those facing economic uncertainty. Learn more and apply.


Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 W Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

To make your hotel reservation, please call (269) 343-3333 or visit

MLA Room Rate: $148.00 per night, plus tax for a standard room with one or two beds, if reserved before September 26, 2023.

Additional Hotel Options

Home2 Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown
303 N Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(0.1 miles from conference venue)

MLA Room Rate: $189.00 per night. Available October 17 through 20. Rate valid until September 22, 2023 or until sold out.

Hilton Garden Inn Kalamazoo Downtown
303 N Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(0.1 miles from conference venue)

MLA Room Rate: $199.00 per night. Available October 18 through 20; not available for Tuesday, October 17 checkin. Rate valid until September 22, 2023 or until sold out.

Conference Policies

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for MLA in-person and hybrid events (including the annual conference, if virtual) must be received in writing by e-mail no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund. Within ten (10) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. Registrations received within ten (10) days of the program are not eligible for a refund. No-shows will be invoiced.

A $35.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds for workshops and conferences.

If an MLA professional development workshop, conference, webinar, or other training session is cancelled due to low registration or inclement weather, participants will be notified and fees, if applicable, will be refunded.

Consent Policy

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MLA meetings or other activities constitutes an agreement for the use and distribution of the attendee's image in photographs or videos of the event. Attendee names may be shared with fellow attendees by inclusion in an event directory.

MLA Code of Conduct

MLA’s vision is to be a highly effective, trusted network of libraries, library employees, trustees, friends and supporters working together to support and promote the highest quality library services throughout Michigan. To fulfill our vision, MLA has built, and is dedicated to maintaining, an inclusive and equitable community where all people can come together to advance our shared vision.

MLA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants and MLA staff. Each participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and service providers, is expected to understand and follow MLA policies and report any violations. These expectations apply to all MLA activities (whether virtual or in-person), including but not limited to those held in conjunction with conferences, events, and meetings. Any conduct that is prohibited in person is also prohibited online, including but not limited to on MLA social media pages and other online platforms. 

The full Code of Conduct can be reviewed here: MLA Code of Conduct.

Health and Safety Guidelines

We ask you to be courteous and conscientious of others while meeting in-person at the event, especially when it comes to health and safety.

Common Allergens

MLA will make every effort to ensure that provided meals are free of any declared allergens. Please ensure you have alerted MLA staff to any allergies you may have. If you have emergency medications, such as an EpiPen, please carry it with you during the conference. Although we always aim to work with you to provide a safe and comfortable conference, we cannot guarantee a completely allergen-free event or prevent others from bringing potential allergens to the event. Conference attendees and exhibitors are asked to refrain from bringing, distributing, and consuming products containing peanuts and other nuts at the conference.


Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.

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