Conference Services

Giada at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference attendees are likely to have a mouth-watering experience when Giada De Laurentiis--Emmy Award-winning star of the Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise and Giada at Home, author of six cookbooks and more —appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 30.

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.

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick to talk about dark side of U.S. history at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are sure to provoke important questions and discussion when they talk about their recent joint project, “The Untold History of the United States.” Stone and Kuznick appear as Auditorium Speakers at 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1. 

Cory Doctorow to present LITA President's Program

CHICAGO — Cory Doctorow will present “More than a book-lined Internet Café: LITA President's Program” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 30th in Chicago. 

Temple Grandin on different kinds of minds at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Temple Grandin-- diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1949 and now one of the world’s most influential, accomplished and well known adults with autism - will inspire and inform 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees as an Auditorium Speaker from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the 5-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. She is a best-selling author, doctor of animal science and autism activist who believes that “We need different kinds of minds to work together.

Alice Walker, author and activist, to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference will have the chance on Monday, July 1 to hear Alice Walker, one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender and other topics.

Chicago’s famed Second City, ALA/Proquest Scholarship Bash, June 29

CHICAGO — Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, Best of The Second City, will appear from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history. Conference attendees can have a laugh while raising money for an important cause.

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

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2013 for nearly 40 talks in two formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the second time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Vote for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Pew’s Lee Rainie shares latest research on evolving library patrons at RUSA President’s Program, 2013 ALA Conference

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The RUSA President’s Program” on Saturday, June 29 at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago; RUSA will also host a discussion of the issues presented at the program on Sunday, June 30.

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner,' to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — One hot new title that people will be reading, recommending and talking about this season is Khaled Hosseini’s "And the Mountains Echoed," his first new novel in more than six years. Attendees at ALA Annual Conference will have a chance to hear this bestselling author on Saturday, June 29 when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker.