The Board of Directors of the 501(3)c nonprofit, Library Marketing Conference Group (LMCG) recognizes that some library professionals have questions or concerns about the location of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) in 2019.
While we acknowledge that individuals may have concerns over recent events and political decisions, the location for LMCC19 (the Hyatt Regency St Louis, November 13-14) can not be changed for financial and logistical reasons.
The decision of conference location is made at the LMCG Board level along with our association management partner, Amigos Library Services. We base decisions on where we can achieve the most fiscally responsible and affordable bids for a conference our size and where we think the most attendees can gather
LMCC has grown thanks to its enthusiastic attendees, volunteers, and being the only conference dedicated to best practices and education on marketing for libraries. We research our best options for conference locations to accommodate that growing interest and balance it with wise financial considerations for all involved.
As the conference has grown, the Board and Amigos Library Services have had to research locations to find the necessary combination of meeting space, hotel rooms, and affordable costs. As for many professional groups or associations with events, this means making location decisions years in advance. When making decisions far in advance of an event, we can’t foresee potential changes or issues with a city/state. To note, the decision process for location of the 2020 and 2021 conferences are already underway.
As a small, only recently formed nonprofit, financial considerations for the long-term health and success of the nonprofit and conference are paramount in location decisions as well.
Actions or events in cities or states may place our Board, volunteers, or attendees in a position to make a difficult decision about professional development opportunities and travel to a location. Respectfully, our conference volunteers and attendees will have to choose to attend or not attend a professional event based on their own internal guidance, as well as any guidance or regulations put forth by their organizations.
We appreciate that you choose to spend some of your professional development time networking and learning with your marketing communications peers and friends at LMCC19.
~Jennifer Burke, President, LMC Group Board of Directors, on behalf of entire LMC Group Board