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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!

2014 ALA Annual Conference registration and housing now open

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) promises the same outstanding content, professional development and networking opportunities as always at the 2014 Annual Conference, June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas. Early Bird registration and housing are open as of 9:a.m. (CT), Monday, Jan.13, 2014.

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. 27, 2014.

ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Libraries Transforming Communities initiative

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities.

James McBride and band wrap up Midwinter with reading-inspired music

CHICAGO -- Wrapping up 2014 Midwinter in Philadelphia and revving up for Annual Conference in Las Vegas, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction and bestselling author James McBride and his gospel quintet will have attendees on their feet with their mix of exuberant spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel music.

'News You Can Use' — policy, research, statistics, technology at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Experts from across library-related fields will again offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more in the cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

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