American Library Association

Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling. “Talk About Innovation!  TEDx @Your Library” will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and will focus on innovative and engaging uses of TEDx in the library for community engagement. 

Digital Inclusion Survey for public libraries extended to Nov. 22

CHICAGO - Public libraries nationwide are encouraged to participate in the Digital Inclusion Survey. There is still time to take the survey with the extension of the participation deadline to Nov. 22.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

Loleta D. Fyan 2014 Grant - proposals due by Dec. 20

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship".

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project(s) criteria:

Matthew Quick, 'Silver Linings Playbook' author, introduces 'Girlbrarian' at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Hello, Librarians—it’s me, Matthew Quick . . .” In this short video, the bestselling author (also known simply as Q) of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” thanks librarians for “all that you do for the community” and talks about his next book in which he introduces a “Girlbrarian.” But Midwinter Attendees can go one better than YouTube — they can hear Quick live when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 1 - 1:30 p.m.

Author and literacy champion David Baldacci, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — David Baldacci is passionate about literacy and reading, believing that “the ability to read is the foundation for everyday life.” One of the world’s bestselling authors, he has more than 110 million copies of his novels in print in more than 45 languages and 80 countries.

Harry Potter Alliance’s Andrew Slack in President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — High-demand speaker and energetic activist Andrew Slack offers ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits attendees an outstanding opportunity to learn more about his work and how he sees it relating to libraries and their role in the community.

Wes Moore on 'finding a life that matters,' 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Wes Moore, bestselling author of “The Other Wes Moore,” is and has been on a remarkable quest to “find a life that matters.” As a youth advo­cate, he is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve youth in the U.S.— something that will sound familiar as well as inspiring to the librarians who hear him as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits from 10- 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Registration, housing now open for 2014 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open for 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Jan. 24-28. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, where you’ll find the usual gold-standard networking; updates on research, reports and legislation; innovators and thought leaders; hundreds of discussions on current key topics including ebooks, digital content and community engagement; more than 400 exhibitors and hundreds of authors; pre-Midwinter Institutes for indepth professional development; and more.

Award-winning children’s book creators in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - In an unmissable ERT/Booklist Author Forum at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, five acclaimed children’s book creators — Tonya Bolden, Brian Floca, Kadir Nelson, Steve Sheinkin and Melissa Sweet — join fellow author and Booklist Books for Youth Senior Editor Ilene Cooper as she moderates the discussion about award-winning nonfiction for youth. The Forum takes place 4 - 5:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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