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'One of the best ways to stay fresh in our profession': What attendees said about ALA Annual

CHICAGO —“One of the best ways to stay fresh in our profession."

So says one of the thousands of Annual Conference attendees who took the time to give us their feedback about 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim in the post-conference survey.

Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web sessions, conversations and insights offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Booklist editors in conversation with authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer, ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand as part of the annual ALA Virtual Conference (July 18 and 19, 2012),  Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will host 30-minute author lunches, interviewing popular and thought-provoking authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer.

Anne Enright, Robert K. Massie, first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s "The Forgotten Waltz" received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" received the nonfiction prize. The medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published the previous year in the United States.

Mobile app for ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO — Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The new mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information people need right at their fingertips, including their existing schedule, list of exhibitors and notes from the full Scheduler site. They just have to log in with the same username and password as on the Scheduler to access all of their existing conference information.

Advance registration for 2012 ALA Annual Conference ends Friday, June 15

CHICAGO —Attendees are encouraged to avoid the lines and register in advance.

Advance registration for 2012 ALA Annual Conference ends Friday, June 15.

Key issues covered at 2012 ALA Annual Conference include digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and authors, leadership, library advocacy, civic engagement, library marketing and more.

Registration remains open for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Registration for PLA preconferences at ALA Annual Conference will remain open until their starting time at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22. These three programs in team building, innovative management and public library advocacy do require registration; however, attendees are not required to be registered for the full conference to attend a preconference. Register today by visiting the ALA Annual Conference site or onsite at the registration counter in the Anaheim Convention Center.

PLA Preconferences include:

Best-selling posters and gifts, free shipping on book purchases at ALA Store at Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim at Booth # 1728 on the main aisle in the Exhibit Hall, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:

Friday, June 22                  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 23            9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tulare County librarian to discuss matching people with jobs at national conference

Washington, D.C. — Since the economic downturn began a few years ago, more and more people have turned to libraries for job assistance and e-government tasks. Consequently, workforce development has become an expanded, new service role for libraries.

Patty McManus featured at ASCLA’s 'Essential Facilitation' program in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, is offering the upcoming conference program “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups to Success” from 10:30 a.m. - noon on Monday, June 25 in Room 205A of the Anaheim Convention Center.

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