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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.

Virginia Bradley Moore to deliver 2014 Coleman Lecture

CHICAGO – Virginia (Ginny) Bradley Moore, former longstanding chair of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force and retired librarian from the Prince Georges County Memorial Library System in Oxon Hill, Md., will deliver the 2014 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture. The lecture will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, in room N231/233 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, during ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Karin Slaughter headlines Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony, where the two winners will be announced. The event will take place from 8 -10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, during ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and the two winning authors (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) will each take home $5,000 with their medal.

Lois Lowry to be joined by Jeff Bridges at ALA President’s Program, Annual Conference

CHICAGO Legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry will be joined by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges at Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the American Library Association Annual Conference. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry, then Bridges will join them to talk about the movie version of Lowry’s “The Giver,” in which he stars and which is scheduled for an August release. The program will wrap up with a Q&A with the audience.

Celebrate the best in GLBTQ literature at the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch

CHICAGO — Join the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and award winning authors in celebration of the very best in GLBTQ literature at the 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Brunch, held during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The 2014 Awards Brunch will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at Paris Las Vegas, Champagne 1 ballroom.

Attend the talks you voted for at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Public voting for 36 Conversation Starter talks and Ignite Sessions again tipped the balance in selecting the ones that showcase your colleagues’ newest passions and innovations during the 2014 Annual Conference. Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they’re most passionate about in the library world and inspire the audience to join them.

First Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference set for November 2014

CHICAGO -- The first Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference is set to take place Nov. 11-13, 2014 at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, during the 33rd Sharjah International Book Fair. The two-day library conference will offer free concurrent programs on a wide range of topics for librarians from public, academic, school, government and special libraries.  The programs will draw on the expertise of librarians in the region as well as from the U.S.

Free recordings of popular sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Recordings of a select group of sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting are being made freely available to allow ALA members and others to enjoy, learn, discover or revisit speakers and other events from the Philadelphia meeting. No login is required to watch and listen to these Midwinter Meeting recordings.

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