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Ignite Session proposals accepted through Nov. 5 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, coming to ALA Midwinter Meeting for the first time. Session proposals are accepted at the submissions site through the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Find out more and submit your proposal now!

Alice Hoffman, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- A glance at the scope of award-winning author Alice Hoffman’s work shows why attendees won’t want to miss this Auditorium Speaker at 10-11 a.m.on Saturday, Jan. 31 during the  2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Hoffman’s books have been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions, and her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by numerous high-profile publications.

Mick Ebeling Featured Speaker at ALA President’s Program, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Say yes first, ask questions later. Commit, then figure it out,” says Mick Ebeling, who promises ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees an inspiring message about finding creative solutions to real-world problems by looking at them differently. Ebeling will be welcomed by Courtney Young as the featured speaker at the ALA President’s Program from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Registration, housing now open for 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, which offers the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, innovators and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Midwinter Meeting highlights include:

Booklist chosen again for 2014 National Reading Group Month and Great Group Reads

CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM), including the special Great Group Reads initiative that highlights selected titles.

New committee includes independent bookseller for Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO A new committee is set to start work on selecting the prestigious 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awards that reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. For the first time in 2015, an independent bookseller chosen by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) is joining the committee, reflecting the impact and influence of these awards on general readers both inside and beyond the library and adding additional expertise.

COA announces accreditation decisions taken at 2014 Annual Conference

CHICAGO The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation decisions made at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs, with the next comprehensive review visit scheduled to take place in spring 2021:

36 participants selected for second ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Thirty-six mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s second four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store

CHICAGO Longer hours and easy access in the Grand Concourse of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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Free American Libraries Live broadcast discusses 'Going Beyond Google'

CHICAGO — Why do we need librarians when we have Google and other search tools? This frequent question deserves a thoughtful answer, and in the next broadcast of American Libraries Live an authoritative panel will talk about librarians’ value as experts and how to effectively convey it to the public.  Please tune in Thursday, at 2 p.m. Eastern on June 12 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.

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