Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, will bring his message to the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA, as the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer on Saturday, January 21st, 4:00-5:00pm. Gravel is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks.
Kwame Alexander—poet, educator, and award-winning, bestselling author of 24 books for children of all ages, including the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, theNew York Times bestselling novel Booked, and the forthcoming collection of personal essays and basketball rules ThePlaybook—joins ALA President Julie Todaro as speaker on the 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program on Sunday, January 22, 3:30-5:30pm in Atlanta, GA.
Award-winning children’s book authors Susan Tan and Margarita Engle will team up on Saturday, January 21st in the Auditorium Speakers Series at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss diversity in children's books and women authors.
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.
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.
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.
These and other related issues will be the focus of a timely June 27 session at the American Library Association’s (ALA) upcoming 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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!”
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.
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.