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'All the Light We Cannot See,' 'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' win 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

SAN FRANCISCO —The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr won the medal for fiction, and “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson received the medal for nonfiction. The selections were unveiled during the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception.

2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—historic celebrations, future-focused work

CHICAGO — The celebratory energy fueling the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-June 30 in San Francisco gave an especially productive edge to the hard work accomplished by the 22,696 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 6,813 exhibitors) attending from all over the world.

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

 
Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries (pdf) to guide a proactive policy shift.
 

American Library Association applauds marriage equality U.S. Supreme Court ruling

CHICAGO - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in support of marriage equality, a decision that will provide same-sex couples within the library community and throughout the country the legal right to marry without restrictions and with the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. 

NEW “WASHINGTON UPDATE” FEATURED SPEAKERS: EFF top activist now keynoting program at 2015 ALA Annual Conference; Harry Potter Alliance communications wizard also to appear

 
SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
 

2015 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 23 presentations for the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Special Events area in Exhibits Hall at the Moscone Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.  

Winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. The grants, funded by Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Games and Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group. ALA received more than 150 applications this year.

Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs to speak at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Heidi Hayes Jacobs, an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction, will speak during the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Eszter Hargittai to discuss 'digital natives' and 'digital naives' at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Eszter Hargittai, a Delaney Family professor in the communication studies department at Northwestern University, will share her research on the social implications of digital media during the closing general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

ALA Annual Conference programming to highlight library services for immigrants

CHICAGO — Every day, libraries provide immigrants in their communities with access to essential programs and resources that help them to navigate society.

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