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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.

Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Rock Bottom Remainders announces that Anaheim will be their last ever concert

The Rock Bottom Remainders band has announced that the concert at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, part of the “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be its last ever. This news was released with the sad news that their founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark (who was to have performed with them at ALA) passed away in late May. It is a special honor for ALA to host this landmark event.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Introduce 'Ghost Buddy' at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The unbeatable team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are part of a moveable feast, appearing in a new-format Auditorium Speaker session at 2012 ALA Annual Conference 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in Ballroom D/E of the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. From the introductory session, the popular pair will progress to the Exhibit Hall PopTop Stage 11 am-noon for a book signing and refreshments courtesy of Scholastic.

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.

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