American Library Association

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.

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!

ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

'Ideas + Community = Energy' — Lisa Bunker in ALA Masters session at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —  “The Library as a Catalyst for Innovation: Case Studies of Library Entrepreneurship Centers and Programming” is the latest addition to the ALA Masters Series at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Pima County Public Library’s Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker will talk about the Catalyst Café she founded, and how it lives up to the motto “Ideas + Community = Energy.” This ALA Masters session takes place from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan.