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Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Offerman is also a humorist, woodworker and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living” and the forthcoming “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers” (Dutton, May 2015).

Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-Mansour joins the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Longlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO — Forty-three books comprising the longlist for consideration for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected from the most recent Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books List.

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively conversations, updates, productive problem-solving and networking throughout McCormick Place and other venues during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 29-Feb. 3. With a focus on “The conversation starts here . .

Conversation Starters, Ignite and Poster Session proposals due dates for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour Conversation Starters, five-minute Ignite sessions and 90-minute poster sessions. The poster session proposal deadline has been extended to February 28, 2015. Conversation Starters and Ignite proposals are accepted through the end of March 1, 2015. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Application process open for 2015 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO —The application process for the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 9-13, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 8, 2015. Building on the success of the 2013 and 2014 ALA Leadership Institutes, and with support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for up to 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss.

Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing names Brad Hooper of Booklist as winner

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Brad Hooper of Booklist as the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award, which recognizes outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in reviewing materials for libraries.

American Library Association hosts two-day blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Librarians Build Communities (LBC), a Membership Initiative Group of the American Library Association (ALA), has organized a community blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Conference attendees are encouraged to join LBC in this life-saving event on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, from 10 a.m.

Registration and housing open Jan. 12 for 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

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