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Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

Unique library and librarian sketches from Second City at ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash

CHICAGO - Unique customized library-related material will add a special zing to Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater, Best of The Second City, when they bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history to 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Offering attendees a good laugh while raising money for an important cause, they’ll appear at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

Showcase encourages school librarians to ‘rise to the challenge’ one idea at a time

CHICAGO — Attendees of the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition are invited to jump start their conference experience by attending the IDEAxCHANGE. The IDEAxCHANGE, formerly the Exploratorium, showcases best practices from school library professionals from across the country. This two hour event, open to all registrants, takes place prior to the opening general session for the conference taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.

Mobile app for 2013 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO - Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago—the mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information right at your fingertips, including your existing schedule, list of exhibitors and personal notes from the full Scheduler site. Just log in with the same username and password you use on the Scheduler to access all of your existing conference information.

Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The event — standing-room only in 2012 — takes place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom.

Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” will feature an Independent School Section (ISS) networking reception and two tours to local independent schools. More information on these events can be found at

Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in Chicago co-sponsored by ASCLA and PLA

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ (ASCLA) Library Consultants Interest Group and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the ALA Annual Conference — an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants.

Registration closing soon for Business Reference 101 preconference offered by RUSA

CHICAGO — New business librarians and reference generalists won’t want to miss “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship,” a 2013 preconference hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA); registration closes June 21.

Innovation at your library: ASCLA workshops, programming and events at the ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a small and mighty division of ALA, will offer innovative and insightful preconferences, programs and events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference; this year’s topics include disaster response, leadership development, effective decision-making, accessibility, services to older adults, arts programs for incarcerated youth and service evaluation.


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