American Library Association

Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, announces that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will open 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She will appear at the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 22, 4:00—5:30pm, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical documents. During their conversation, the Librarian and the Archivist will discuss the role of their institutions in making these resources accessible to the public. This session will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30-11:30am at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Gayle Danley Joins the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition as an Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO - Gayle Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national, and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia, where she soaked up encyclopedias and carried around a book of rhymes ("Jack Sprat could eat no fat ..." "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear ...") because she adored how silly they were.

Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual New Orleans Conference. The raffle supports IFRT awards celebrating important contributions to intellectual freedom.

The Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Results of 2018 Board of Trustees Election

Last week the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees.  The following candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in New Orleans:  

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews to Perform at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is an author, philanthropist, and a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist who leads the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  He has performed and shared the stage with countless musicians, including U2, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Madonna. He performed at the White House event “Red, White & Blues” and recently made a cameo on the longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons. His performance will take place when the Opening General Session begins, Friday, June 22, 2018, 4:00pm at the Ernest N.

Film, Theater, and Television Actor, Sally Field is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor, who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens.  Her extensive film credits include performances in Robert Benson’s Places of the Heart, for which she received both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, receiving not only the Academy Award but also a Golden Globe.