Conference Services

Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The event — standing-room only in 2012 — takes place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom.

Independent school librarians invited to network at AASL national conference

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition, taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will host events encouraging school librarians working in independent schools to network and build community. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge,” will feature an Independent School Section (ISS) networking reception and two tours to local independent schools. More information on these events can be found at

Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in Chicago co-sponsored by ASCLA and PLA

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

Registration closing soon for Business Reference 101 preconference offered by RUSA

CHICAGO — New business librarians and reference generalists won’t want to miss “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship,” a 2013 preconference hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA); registration closes June 21.

Innovation at your library: ASCLA workshops, programming and events at the ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a small and mighty division of ALA, will offer innovative and insightful preconferences, programs and events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference; this year’s topics include disaster response, leadership development, effective decision-making, accessibility, services to older adults, arts programs for incarcerated youth and service evaluation.

ASCLA hosts tour of Cook County juvenile detention center and library at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Gain insight into the world of juvenile corrections and juvenile correctional librarianship by attending a tour of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and library at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, and Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSYC).

Harvard innovation education fellow Tony Wagner opens AASL national conference

CHICAGO — Education innovator and thought leader Tony Wagner will headline the opening general session at the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 16th National Conference and Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. His presentation will draw on his more than 25 years of education consulting experience focused on creating strategies to improve learning for all students. More information can be found at

‘Reimagining Libraries’ with Anythink at United for Libraries’ President’s Program

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Reimagining Libraries,” the United for Libraries President’s Program, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.