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AASL highlights persuasion and project-based learning during ALA14 preconferences

CHICAGO – Attendees will learn the power of persuasion and the principles of project-based learning at preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) before the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Half-day workshops “The Power of Persuasion: Developing Influence to Become Your Own Best Advocate” and “The PBL Way: Partnerships, Pedagogy and Purpose” will be offered on Friday, June 27, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco. The deadline for preconference submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The deadline for concurrent session submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

Think Fit — a healthy break during 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO Attendees at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas have a special opportunity to take care of their health as well as their professional development and networking.  Beginners and master yogi alike are encouraged to join the Think Fit “Power Flow” yoga class from 7 - 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 for a strength-building, body-balancing workout.

The Book Whisperer headlines AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer,” will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Jane McGonigal, world-renowned game designer, opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Jane McGonigal will inspire 2014 ALA Annual Conference attendees from the very first session of the conference about the myriad possibilities for serious games and gaming to help improve lives and be integrated into a variety of library programming. The world-renowned designer of alternate reality games— games that are designed to solve real problems—believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her No. 1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2014 to determine which 40 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program from the 95 submissions received.

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

Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -  Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Lois Lowry to speak, Daniel Handler to present at President’s Program, 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner will be the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry and moderate a Q&A with the audience.

Jane Fonda, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference, to discuss adolescent empowerment

CHICAGO -- Jane Fonda is much more than a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. Her focus for almost 20 years has been on adolescent reproductive health and the empowerment of women and girls.

Alexander McCall Smith, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will not want to miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

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