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Panel to explore whistleblower protection at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — What is the line between protecting society and defending the truth? The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) will present “National Security vs. the Right to Know,” a panel discussion during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference that will address the potential conflict between security concerns and the requirements of transparency, democracy, free press and the protection of whistleblowers.

Bettye LaVette, 'R&B realist who tells it like it is,' at Annual Wrap Up/Rev Up celebration

CHICAGO — Conference attendees will gather on Monday, June 25 in the afternoon to Wrap Up the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and Rev Up for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, with singer Bettye LaVette’s “Performance and Revelation: An Intimate Showcase with a Soul Survivor.”

Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship auction to be held in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship Fund of the Exhibitor’s Round Table of the American Library Association will hold its annual auction during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The silent auction will open up with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, June 22 and will run until noon on June 25. It will be held in Lobby B of the Anaheim Convention Center.

'Mapping Transformation'— 2012 ALA Virtual Conference, registration open

CHICAGO — “Mapping Transformation” frames the July 18 and 19, 2012, ALA Virtual Conference— an interactive professional development opportunity ideal both for those unable to attend Annual Conference and those who are ready for more. A full series of interactive 45-minute Web sessions will provide insights from experts, offer opportunities for conversation with speakers and other attendees around key issues related to transformation in libraries and allow for sharing innovations.

2012 ALA Annual Conference early bird registration closes at midnight Sunday, May 13

CHICAGO - 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. Potential attendees will get the best rates when they register before May 14.

Author Sherman Alexie to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – From 1 - 2:30 p.m., June 24, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA president Marcia Warner will host the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation with keynote speaker Sherman Alexie at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

2012 ALA Annual Conference updates and highlights-- downloadable Cognotes now available

CHICAGO — Cognotes is the online source for highlights, updates and news on the upcoming 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim—and is free in print every day once attendees are onsite.

The Cognotes interactive edition lets you easily share articles with colleagues, search the exhibitor list and read about the multitude of ALA Annual Conference programs, preconferences, sessions, discussions, speakers, social events and more.

The May preview issue of Cognotes is available in four convenient formats, ready for downloading and accessing now:

New resource helps potential attendees communicate benefits of ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Making the case for time off and support for travel and expenses to attend a conference, especially in times of tight budgets and reduced staff, requires a solid understanding of the potential benefits to the workplace, to a supervisor and to colleagues. A new resource—Making Your Case for Attending—has been published on the ALA Annual Conference website to help potential attendees communicate the many ways that conference attendance can pay big dividends.

Innovation, thought leaders and technology—ALA Annual Conference offers inspiring range of options

CHICAGO — Innovation, thought leaders and technology are keys to transformation, and the 2012 ALA Annual Conference delivers on all those fronts. Energizing, transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups and high-profile speakers are lined up to spark creativity and foster transformative ideas.

Full listings of related events, as well as details about the highlights below, are on the ALA Annual Conference website, where you’ll find the Preliminary Program and other information.

The latest on e-books, digital content, digital literacy in libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Sparking innovation around e-books and digital content in libraries, a wide range of transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups, high-profile speakers and updates from ALA leadership about their ongoing e-book dialog with publishers will mark the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Sessions of high interest in this area include the following, with further information available in the Preliminary Program for the Conference, accessible at


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