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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.

Preconference workshops at AASL national conference help school library professionals rise to the challenge

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition promises to help school library professionals rise to the challenges of their careers with its offering of hands-on, full-day preconference workshops. The conference, “Rising to the Challenge," will take place Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn. Full-day preconference workshops will be held Nov. 13. More information is available on the national conference website at

Enjoy Chicago architectural icon at CCF fundraiser during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Tickets are now available for attendees of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago to spend an evening exploring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House while toasting the 10th anniversary of the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF). This unique evening at the renowned Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is scheduled for Monday, July 1, with tours available starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Transportation to and from the event will be provided.

AASL opens online registration for its 16th National Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO - Online registration and housing are now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 16th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Rising to the Challenge,” will be held Nov. 14-17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., and is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders.