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Expert to discuss copyright trends at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—It’s been an exciting year in copyright law, with important precedents set on fair use and mass digitization, search engines, and what is protected by copyright. Join us at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Copyright Litigation: The Year in Review (and What’s Coming Next).” The interactive session takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015, in San Francisco. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2018 of the West building.

Panel to discuss ebook lending growth at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The interactive session, “Making Progress in Digital Content,” takes place from 10:30 to11:30a.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2018 of the West building.

AASL opens targeted call for national conference session proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) opens a second call for concurrent session proposals to be presented during its 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AASL seeks sessions specifically targeting the lower elementary grade level and those focusing on diverse, multicultural and special populations at any grade level. The deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015. More information is available at

Experts to discuss, demystify IP implications of 3D printing at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—As more and more libraries nationwide begin to offer 3D printing services, library leaders are now confronting a litany of copyright, trademark and patent complications that arise from the new technology. To help the library community address 3D printing concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation’s (COL) Copyright Subcommittee will explore 3D printing policy issues at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Electronic Frontier Foundation chief to keynote Washington Update at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Learn to teach coding at LITA preconference

CHICAGO — Attend a free one-hour webinar to discover what learning to teach coding is all about, and then register for and attend the full day LITA preconference at 2015 ALA Annual in San Francisco. 
Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library or Anywhere! (LIT2)
Free introductory webinar
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. Central Time
The informational webinar is free, no registration required, and open to the first 100 log-ins at

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, keynote speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration

CHICAGO -- In what’s shaping up to be an exciting literary event at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been announced as keynote speaker at the celebratory 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony. The event, held from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the Hotel Nikko, will also include the announcements of the two medal winners—one for fiction, one for nonfiction.

Adriana Trigiani among authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

CHICAGO — Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen and John Katzenbach will be the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

LLAMA preconference on library space planning

CHICAGO — Orchestrating the library space planning process is more important than ever before.  As libraries change from depositories to activity centers, the spaces and furniture in them are changing and becoming increasingly more flexible.  “Building Blocks for Library Space Planning – From Vision to Paper” (LLA2) starts attendees off with ‘big picture visioning’ and ends with practical advice on current real-life library planning.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) invites everyone who has an interest in or desire to know more about library space planning to this


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