The American Library Association (ALA) is reporting a slight drop in advance registration for its midwinter conference that begins Friday in Dallas.
As of January 13, the number of advance registrants stood at 4,823, down from 5,180 at the same point last year. ALA also reports that it has 3,269 exhibitor personnel registered from 430 exhibiting organizations. The exhibition space occupies 82,000 square feet.
ALA’s overall membership has shrunk over the past year to 59,824 as of November 30, 2011. This compares to 61,479 a year earlier.