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Acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell is Opening Session Speaker at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits on Friday, January 20, in Atlanta, Georgia. Bell, who describes himself as a “Socio-Political Comedian & Dad,” has been voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine, and praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit.”

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant now available

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must be first-time attendees and must be active in their public library Friends group. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

Seeing the Big Picture on Student Data Privacy at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze more data regarding students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of big data in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security.
 

Meet comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone will be signing at the Recorded Books booth (1951) at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Sunday, June 26, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Conference attendees can pick up an autographed card and a free download of Poundstone’s book “There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say” as well as an excerpt from her new audio release “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!”

2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services during times of civil unrest, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 28 presentations for the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Special Events area in the Exhibits Hall at the Orange County Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.  

United for Libraries to host romance panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Isn’t it Romantic?” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center, W101A, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Featured romance writers will include Meg Rosoff, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Wiggs, Heather Graham, Shelly Shepard Gray, Brenda Novak and Meg Rosoff. Authors will sign copies of their books following the program. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

President's message to ALA members and Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following message regarding diversity, equity and inclusion activities taking place during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 23 - 28, in Orlando, Florida.

In the wake of the devastating and horrible tragedy that happened this past weekend in Orlando. I have been moved by the outpouring of concern and support from our ALA members toward the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

United for Libraries to host 'Reads Like Fiction' nonfiction panel at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “Reads Like Fiction, Nonfiction You Can’t Put Down” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center, S330 A-B, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

ALA president responds to Orlando mass shooting

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA)  President Sari Feldman released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting at Pulse, a popular GLBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“The library community is deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said Feldman. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the GLBTQ community.

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