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ALCTS virtual preconference coming in June

CHICAGO — A virtual preconference coming in June will bring the conference experience to you.  The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) virtual preconference is sure to guarantee a great experience.  Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.



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An ALCTS virtual preconference

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2015 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 127 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Joshua Davis among featured speakers at United for Libraries President’s Program

CHICAGO — Joshua Davis, author of “Spare Parts” (now a major motion picture), will be a featured speaker at the United for Libraries President’s Program, “From Cover to Screen - Books to Movies,” at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, June 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Join United for Libraries President Christine Lind Hage for this program, which will also feature Rick Jacobs, producer of “Spare Parts,” and esteemed film critic David Thomson, author of “How to Watch a Movie” (Random House, November 2015).

Sonia Manzano, 'Maria' from Sesame Street, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Sonia Manzano — the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series "Sesame Street" — appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from noon - 1 p.m. on Monday, June 29.

PLA to present first ever PLA BIG IDEAS at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present PLA BIG IDEAS @ ALA Annual, an ideal event for public library directors, deputy directors, and managers. An extension of the popular BIG IDEAS series at PLA Conference, this engaging day will feature dynamic speakers from outside the library world, including leadership expert, Jay Conger and creativity expert, Tina Seelig.

Travel grants available for first-time AASL national conference attendees

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

Online submission process now open for AASL best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal via the online RFP, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Writer Edwidge Danticat—designated by Harper's Bazaar as "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine— appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29. Her first novel, “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” was an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection “Krik?

Melissa Sweet to keynote 2015 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the theme and speakers for the 2015 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program.

Gamer geek Eli Neiburger to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed geek, gamer, dork and doofus Eli Neiburger, will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, as part of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Neiburger has spoken across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and the Web.

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