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American Library Association announces collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair

CHICAGO — Building on its global theme, “Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide, the American Library Association (ALA) is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).

The collaboration between ALA and SIBF offers the opportunity to establish improved delivery of ALA’s face-to-face, digital and print products and services to the region in locally and culturally appropriate formats. Activities carried out together will also help raise the visibility and use of libraries in Sharjah and the region.

Past President John W. Berry appointed ALA representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Past President John W. Berry has been appointed to a two-year term as the ALA's non-voting representative to the Board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris (ALP).

The ALA established the American Library in Paris in 1920 with local community support and 30,000 books from ALA’s Library War Service effort during World War I.

National Reading Group Month 2013 chooses Booklist again

CHICAGO - Booklist, the American Library Association's (ALA) review source, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM), including the special Great Group Reads initiative that highlights selected titles.

Bundle Registration for 2014 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open Sept. 9

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2014 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open at http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/bundle-registration. The conversation starts Jan. 24-28 in Philadelphia at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits and continues as we work on Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves at the ALA Annual Conference June 26 - July 1 in Las Vegas. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $140 and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately.

COA announces accreditation actions taken at 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

'Engaging, fresh, innovative'-2013 ALA Virtual Conference, July 24 and 25

CHICAGO — Topics at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference (July 24 and 25) include transformational community engagement; new directions for libraries and digital content; iCloud for patrons; iPods, Games and other innovative instruction ideas; making to learn; improving student learning spaces; mapping the journey in transforming the library; building a knowledge alliance; iPad administration  and apps; making creative community space; finding your first librarian job; loud programming in the library and why it’s good; meaningful gamification in

Authors, speakers, and program finalized for 2013 ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Continuing last year’s theme of Mapping Transformation, 2013 ALA Virtual Conference’s two-day program (July 24 and 25) is finalized, including high-profile authors for lunchtime conversations. Sessions offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

American Library Association (ALA) 2011-12 Annual Report highlights initiatives, milestones

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2011-12 Annual Report, an overview of the association’s initiatives and accomplishments on behalf of the library profession.

The report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Molly Raphael, which centered on "Empowering Voices." The report also underscores how ALA supports the efforts of libraries in providing essential technological resources, protecting patron privacy and promoting early childhood literacy.

Unique library and librarian sketches from Second City at ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

CHICAGO - Unique customized library-related material will add a special zing to Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, Best of The Second City, when they bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history to 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Offering attendees a good laugh while raising money for an important cause, they’ll appear at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

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