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'News You Can Use' sessions on Policy, Research, Technology, Privacy, Diversity/Inclusion and more at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In a timely and varied cluster of more than 25 “News You Can Use” sessions at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts from across library-related fields offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, diversity and inclusion, literacy, technology and more. The preliminary list of the 2016 News You Can Use sessions is on the ALA Midwinter Meeting website.

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant though Jan. 15, 2016.

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.

Ken Burns and Terry Tempest Williams in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams join Donna Seaman, Booklist editor for adult books, for the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges and pleasures of telling true stories. The popular Forum will take place from 4 - 5:15  p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, offering the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors, illustrators and publishers up close at Midwinter.

Liz Moore among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Liz Moore, Janice Y.K. Lee, Val McDermid, Stephanie Danler, Jennifer Haigh and Robyn Carr will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 11 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2015 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Jo Ann Jenkins, nationally recognized leader, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO —  Dynamic change agent, nationally recognized leader and former chief operating officer at the Library of Congress Jo Ann Jenkins brings her message of innovation to the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston as an Auditorium Speaker from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. With more than 25 years of extensive leadership, management, planning and business experience and a strong sense of social mission, she has repeatedly transformed organizations and led innovative policies at top levels of the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors.

Mary Frances Berry to keynote 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Acclaimed civil rights activist and academic Dr. Mary Frances Berry will keynote the 2016 Dr. Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Isaac Mizrahi, 'irrepressible' designer and star, is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO -- Designer, fashion industry leader, documentary film co-creator and actor, ballet costume designer, opera director, TV talk show host, QVC star, weekly judge on “Project Runway: All-Stars,” pop-culture and media phenomenon, business expert and soon-to-be published literary memoirist Isaac Mizrahi adds Auditorium Speaker to this list from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. 

Literary world builder Rae Carson ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition.  Carson will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Colleen Gleason, Kate Messner and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.