American Library Association

Conversation Starters, Ignite and Poster Session proposals due dates for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour Conversation Starters, five-minute Ignite sessions and 90-minute poster sessions. The poster session proposal deadline has been extended to February 28, 2015. Conversation Starters and Ignite proposals are accepted through the end of March 1, 2015. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Application process open for 2015 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO —The application process for the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 9-13, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through April 8, 2015.

Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing names Brad Hooper of Booklist as winner

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Brad Hooper of Booklist as the recipient of the 2015 Louis Shores Award, which recognizes outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in reviewing materials for libraries.

American Library Association hosts two-day blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, Librarians Build Communities (LBC), a Membership Initiative Group of the American Library Association (ALA), has organized a community blood drive during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Conference attendees are encouraged to join LBC in this life-saving event on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, from 10 a.m.

Registration and housing open Jan. 12 for 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — ALA promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of noon (Central time) on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

'Kitchen-table' conversations focus on professional development at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – ALA President Courtney L. Young recently invited attendees of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago to sign up for the “kitchen-table” conversations that have become an important channel for discussion among members of the ALA community (members, staff, and external allies). The focus of the 1.5-hour conversations at Midwinter is professional and leadership development.

Outstanding content on policy, technology, diversity/inclusion and more at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  In an exceptionally strong, timely and varied cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts from across library-related fields offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, diversity and inclusion, literacy, technology and more.

Self-Published Books and Soon to be Famous Project, Masters Session 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Combining self-published books and the power of libraries to influence readers, participants from the Illinois Soon to be Famous project will show how you can get a similar cutting-edge project started in your community in an ALA Master’s Series session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. 

Ignite Sessions selected for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have the chance to be inspired and entertained by the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, coming to ALA Midwinter Meeting for the first time.

Gerald Holmes named 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity honoree

CHICAGO — Gerald Holmes, reference librarian and diversity coordinator, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize him for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.