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Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Jane McGonigal will inspire 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees from the very first session of the conference about the myriad possibilities for serious games and gaming to help improve lives and be integrated into a variety of library programming. The world-renowned designer of alternate reality games— games that are designed to solve real problems—believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her No. 1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2014 to determine which 40 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program from the 95 submissions received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. See the submissions and vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -  Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Lois Lowry to speak, Daniel Handler to present at President’s Program, 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner will be the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry and moderate a Q&A with the audience.

A guide to providing legal reference

CHICAGO — In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they’re going to public and academic libraries for answers.

Alexander McCall Smith, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will not want to miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Azar Nafisi, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” the long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, will offer insights into her work, including her engagement in promoting literacy and reading books of universal literary value, when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

@ your library video takes you behind the scenes at the ALA Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting  & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

An enthusiastic and vociferous crowd greeted the announcements on the morning of Jan. 27 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

What they didn’t see was the months of preparation by the various committees, which culminated in the ceremony that morning.

Spider-Man™ creator Stan Lee, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™ and  hundreds of others, will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from noon to 1 p.m. on  Saturday, June 28.

Conversation Starters and Ignite Session proposals accepted through Feb. 18 for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour "Conversation Starters" and five-minute "Ignite" sessions. Session proposals are accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Find out more and submit your proposal now!

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