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Annual Wiki Now Available

Find the 2008 ALA Annual Conference wiki at: http://wikis.ala.org/annual2008/index.php/Annual_2008. The wiki includes general information (accessibility, childcare, event planner, shuttle buses), a calendar and events (awards, diversity events, resources for job seekers, preconferences, presidents’ programs, programs and sessions), registration information, volunteer opportunities, the conference (traveling to and from Anaheim, tips for presentations as well as navigating the conference), and a guide to Anaheim. ALA encourages members to post information about programs, meetings, and events. This is another way to publicize your group’s program or meeting event.

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ALA Allied Professional Association to Celebrate 5th Anniversary at Annual Conference in Anaheim

The ALA Allied Professional Association will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at 2008 ALA Annual Conference. Events include the ALA-APA Angels Reception and fundraiser, honoring 30 people and groups who have helped ALA-APA reach this point. ALA-APA is also sponsoring programs at the Annual Conference on topics such as employee relations, managing union employees, and salary negotiations.

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Council Votes to Establish Advocacy Committee

At the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Council voted to establish an Advocacy Committee. The committee’s charge is

To support the efforts of advocates for all types of libraries to develop resources, networks and training materials for advocates at the local, state and national levels; to work closely with the Office for Library Advocacy, the Public Information Office, and other ALA offices, units and committees, and with external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into the overall planning, priorities, and policies of the association; and to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain and enhance the advocacy efforts of the association.

The committee will be composed of thirteen ALA members. The term of service will be two years; terms will be staggered to enable six members to conclude their terms at the close of the 2009 Annual Conference. Terms for the remaining seven members would conclude at the close of the 2010 Annual Conference.

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Registration Open for RBMS Preconference

Registration is now open for the Annual RBMS Preconference, “Rare and Special Bytes: Special Collections in the Digital Age.” The preconference was organized by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Getty Research Institute are sponsoring the preconference. The preconference take place on June 24–27, in Los Angeles, California, prior to the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The preconference will explore the role of special collections in an increasingly digital world.

Program, registration, housing and scholarship information are now available online.

At least twelve scholarships, valued at more than $10,000, will be offered to subsidize first-time preconference attendees. Registration is $235 for members; $280 for non-members; and $95 for current, full-time students. A $50 late fee will be added to registrations received after May 21. Address questions to Tory Ondrla at ALA.

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