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.
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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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO — Seven hundred libraries, of all types, will be helping people become money smart next week, April 5–12. Money Smart Week @ your library is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to expand Money Smart Week® to libraries across the country. Libraries will present programs for all ages, and all stages of life, related to personal financial literacy.
CHICAGO -- B.J. Novak adds book author to an impressive résumé that has long included actor, writer, stand-up comedian, TV and film star, executive producer and Screen Actors Guild and Writers’ Guild of America award winner. Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will be entertained and energized by what he has to say about the power of words and the writing part of his career when he appears as featured speaker at the Closing General Session from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1.
CHICAGO – The Haslet Public Library’s early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for pre-teens, “Haslet Robotics Club,” has been awarded the 2014 Loleta D. Fyan grant. Their plan aims to fill science-based educational and entertainment gaps for children aged 9-16 within their service area.
CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas have a special opportunity to take care of their health as well as their professional development and networking. Beginners and master yogi alike are encouraged to join the Think Fit “Power Flow” yoga class from 7 - 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 for a strength-building, body-balancing workout.
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.
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.