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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.

Reserve free 30-minute sessions with library consultants at 'Consultants Give Back' event

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

ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Hall—'a wonder to engage in'

CHICAGO —Awesome, innovative, amazing, beyond imagination—these are some of the words ALA Annual Conference attendees used about the 2011 “panorama of what’s new and exciting in the information industry,” and this year the Exhibits are shaping up to be even more rewarding.

Notable Book author, New York Times best-seller and Carnegie Medal finalist Banks at RUSA Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO —Russell Banks, acclaimed author of “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Rule of the Bone” and 2012 Notable Book “Lost Memory of Skin” (Ecco) joins the author lineup alongside Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams for the 2012 Literary Tastes program, an author event hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

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