News From ALA

ALA Announces New Virtual Conference Sessions

ALA is offering ten interactive Web sessions on July 13 and July 14, at the closing of the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago. Interact with speakers and other attendees during each of these hour-long sessions on a variety of exciting topics. These interactive programs are from ALA’s Washington Office, the Office of Intellectual Freedom and several other divisions and offices. Topics will include accessing stimulus money for broadband deployment, greening your library and best customer service.

Some of the featured programs include:

  • Conversants. Explore a new way of looking at librarianship as centered on learning and enhancing the conversation of communities.
  • Be My Guest: Customer Service from the Best, is presented by ASCLA. Learn ways to make library patrons feel welcome and have a positive experience.
  • You Got Me, Do You Like Me? Evaluating Next Generation Catalogs, is presented by RUSA. Hear from a panel of academic and public information professionals who have been evaluating their open source and off-the-shelf next generation catalogs.
  • Overview of the Broadband Deployment and Infrastructure Development: How Libraries Can Access the $7.2 Billion, featuring John Windhausen, Jr., president of Telepoly Consulting.
  • Small Scale Green. Learn how to “green” existing library facilities without having to start anew.

All full registrants for the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the conference. Those not attending Conference in-person can register for the Virtual Conference online through the ALA website. The cost is $215 for ALA members, $210 for division members, $120 for student members, $145 for retired members, $298 for non-members and $215 for institutional members.

Libraries or schools can also receive the following special group rates: $300 for one to three employees; $500 for four to nine employees; and $1,000 for 10-plus employees. Register online now.

ALA 2007-08 Annual Report Available

The American Library Association’s 2007-08 Annual Report is now available online.

Annual Wiki Now Available

The official Wiki of the 2009 ALA Annual Conference is now available! Visit to find out more about programs, events, special events, registration, job information. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to submit information; a log-in (acquired by registering) is required to post information.

Events at Annual

The following events will take place during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Emerging Leaders Poster Session

The 2009 class of Emerging Leaders will showcase their final projects at a poster session on Friday, July 10, 3-5 pm, at McCormick Place West, W185.  press release

Free Unconference

As part of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives, seventy-five conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free Unconference at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. .

The Unconference is a full-day conference program where every attendee is an active participant and determines what will be discussed that day. The program will take place on July 10, 9 am-4 pm, at the Chicago Hilton, Northwest 5. Attendees will collaborate online in advance to identify topics they are interested in presenting to the group or on which they are interested in facilitating a discussion. Everyone will be both teacher and learner.

Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis and lunch will be included. See the Unconference wiki for more details.

Conference 101 Orientation

An orientation session is available for first time attendees of the ALA Annual Conference. Learn to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways to you to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation, which is full of information. The orientation is on July 10, 4-5 p.m., McCormick Place West, W179, and July 11, 8-10 a.m., Palmer House, Red Lacquer Room.

ALA Poster Sessions

The 2009 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will take place on July 11, 12, and 13 at McCormick Place West.

ALA 2009 Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2009 Election

The ALA 2010 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2010 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect, ALA Treasurer and Councilor-at-large.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; fax; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than August 15, 2009.

Nominations may also be sent to any member of the 2010 Nominating Committee. Find more information online.

Second Edition of Licensing Digital Content Now Available

ALA Editions has just released Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians, 2nd Edition by Lesley Ellen Harris. The revised edition updates the basics of digital licensing for librarians in a plain-language approach that demystifies the process. The guide updates licensing terminology and changes in technology; covers opportunities for cost savings; includes further information on the global aspects of licensing; and explains how to educate organizations that have signed license agreements. A press release with more information is available online.