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Registration, housing now open for 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — Registration and housing are now open for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3. “The conversation starts here . . . ” every year at Midwinter Meeting, which offers the usual gold-standard networking, updates, exhibits, future-focused discussions, innovators and thought leaders and high-profile speakers. Midwinter Meeting highlights include:

AASL Fall Forum panel epitomizes district collaboration for blended learning

CHICAGO – An expert panel showcasing an exemplary school district collaboration to create a truly blended learning experience has been added to the AASL 2014 Fall Forum. Moderated by Fall Forum committee chair, Steven Yates, and featuring the AASL 2014 Distinguished School Administrator Award recipient, Harlingen Independent School District (HISD) superintendent Dr. Arturo Cavazos, the panel will take place during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, Oct. 17-18, 2014. The forum will convene in St.

Innovative researcher David Loertscher to present at AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – David Loertscher, innovative educational researcher and learning commons revolutionary, will exemplify the anywhere, anytime learning concept by facilitating an online working session during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 Fall Forum. Dr. Loertscher will work simultaneously with ten sites across the country during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape taking place Oct. 17-18, 2014. For more information and to register, visit fallforum.aasl.org.

Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open Sept. 9-30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open at http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/bundle. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2015 in Chicago at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits and continues at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30.

AASL extends deadline for national conference preconference proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is extending its submission deadline for preconference workshops proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The new deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—thousands of engaged attendees, lively programs and events

CHICAGO — 18,626 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 5,607 exhibitors) from around the world joined energetically in the shared endeavor of “Transforming our libraries, ourselves” at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas. Attendees took part in spirited and productive conversations, sessions, problem-solving, events, discovery of the latest products and services and networking throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. The program included more than 2,700 scheduled programs, sessions and events.

Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts to join David Warlick at AASL Fall Forum

CHICAGO – Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts, leaders in the school library profession, will join David Warlick as presenters at the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2014 Fall Forum.  Taking place Oct. 17-18, School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, will convene in St. Louis and be broadcast to nine satellite sites across the country. For more information and to register, visit fallforum.aasl.org.

Black Girls Code founder presents LITA President’s Program

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President Cindi Trainor Blyberg welcomes Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, to present the President’s Program during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.   Black Girls Code introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.

Karin Slaughter headlines Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony, where the two winners will be announced. The event will take place from 8 -10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, during ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and the two winning authors (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) will each take home $5,000 with their medal.

Lois Lowry to be joined by Jeff Bridges at ALA President’s Program, Annual Conference

CHICAGO Legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry will be joined by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges at Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the American Library Association Annual Conference. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry, then Bridges will join them to talk about the movie version of Lowry’s “The Giver,” in which he stars and which is scheduled for an August release. The program will wrap up with a Q&A with the audience.

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