Conference Services

Wayétu Moore among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Wayétu Moore, Juliet Grames, Chris Pavone, Clare Mackintosh, Annie Ward, and G. Willow Wilson will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 27 at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

CEO and Author Sylvia Acevedo is Auditorium Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Sylvia Acevedo has worn many hats: engineer at IBM, rocket scientist at NASA, award-winning entrepreneur, commissioner on the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, and currently CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Eric Klinenberg, Sociologist and Author is Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His latest book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (available now), makes the provocative case that the resilience of our communities rests not on shared values but shared spaces: the libraries, day-care centers, bookstores, coffee shops, and community gardens that create crucial, sometimes life-saving connections between us.

Journalist and Author Isha Sesay to Close the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

CHICAGO - Isha Sesay was born in England and at the age of seven moved with her family to her parents' homeland of Sierra Leone. At age sixteen moved back to London to pursue her studies and ultimately matriculated to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read English. After graduating, she joined the BBC Networks as a researcher, then moved to Sky Sports News where she hosted Good Morning Sports Fans.

AASL Seeks National Conference Program Reviewers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of concurrent session and best practices showcase proposals for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. To apply, please use the application form located at www.ala.org/aasl/national/reviewer. The deadline for applications is Mon., Dec. 3, 2018.

Call for Proposals for 2019 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

Chicago – The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Author Robin DiAngelo is the ALA President’s Program Speaker at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting

For more than twenty years, Robin DiAngelo has worked with a wide range of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors consulting and training on the issues of racial and social justice. She says, “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not.

Travel Grants Available for First-Time AASL National Conference Attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Author 'Point of View' sought for AASL National Conference concurrent sessions

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions being held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/authors.

Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.