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Octavia Spencer closes ALA Annual Conference on a lively note

CHICAGO — Octavia Spencer has recently been busy, appearing on "30 Rock" and writing her first novel, in addition to her other star turns. Attendees will find out more when she appears as keynote speaker at the Closing General Session of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2.

Attend the talks you voted for at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting for 36 “Conversation Starter” talks and “Ignite” sessions has determined which are added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

Enjoy dinner and book talk with authors at AASL13

CHICAGO –   Libba Bray and Shane W. Evans are set to appear at a premier author event taking place during the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Conn.  At the Author Banquet on Nov. 15, conference attendees will enjoy a delicious meal and learn of the inspiration behind Bray’s and Evans' award-winning books. After dinner, the authors will sign copies of their books, which will also be available for purchase. More information is available at

Intellectual Freedom Round Table to hold 40th anniversary celebration at Chicago Cultural Center

CHICAGO - After 40 years of defending and upholding First Amendment rights, it is time for a party. Come join the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St. at Michigan Ave.) for our 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference attendees during the Washington Update session from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the McCormick Place convention center.

Dan Cohen, Digital Public Library of America, featured President’s Program speaker, 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Dan Cohen, founding executive director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will be the featured speaker in the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.

'Think Like a Freak' with Steven Levitt at Annual Conference Opening General Session

CHICAGO - Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the upcoming “Think Like A Freak”and of the smash No. 1 international bestseller “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything promises to turn attendees’ brains inside out before 2013 ALA Annual Conference even starts. Levitt, who is the keynote speaker for the Opening General Session from 4 - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, June 28,  is interested in showing how applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

Discover historic Hartford at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Educational tours during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition will give attendees a special look at the unique history of Hartford, Conn. and the surrounding area.  Tours offer attendees of “Rising to the Challenge,” taking place Nov. 14-17, 2013, an opportunity to explore the conference setting and network with their colleagues prior to the opening of national conference. More information is available at