Conference Services

Daina Ramey Berry to keynote 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – Noted historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry will deliver the keynote address during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta. The 2017 Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 in the Georgia World Congress Center.  

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed, Auditorium Speaker at 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed, author of several books including The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family and most recently “Most Blessed of Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (with Peter S. Onuf), is the Auditorium Speaker on Sunday, January 22, 10-11am, at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Urban visionary Ryan Gravel is 2017 Midwinter Meeting Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer

Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, will bring his message to the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA, as the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer on Saturday, January 21st, 4:00-5:00pm. Gravel is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks.

Award-winning children’s author Kwame Alexander is 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program speaker

Kwame Alexander—poet, educator, and award-winning, bestselling author of 24 books for children of all ages, including the 2015 Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover, the New York Times bestselling novel Booked, and the forthcoming collection of personal essays and basketball rules The Playbook—joins ALA President Julie Todaro as speaker on the 2017 Midwinter Meeting President’s Program on Sunday, January 22, 3:30-5:30pm in Atlanta, GA.

Acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell is Opening Session Speaker at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting

Described by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” acclaimed comedian and hit podcast host W. Kamau Bell will open the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits on Friday, January 20, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant now available

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must be first-time attendees and must be active in their public library Friends group. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

Seeing the Big Picture on Student Data Privacy at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Every day, technology is making it possible to collect and analyze more data regarding students’ performance and behavior, including their use of library resources. The use of big data in the educational environment, however, raises thorny questions and deep concerns about individual privacy and data security.
 
These and other related issues will be the focus of a timely June 27 session at the American Library Association’s (ALA) upcoming 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Meet comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone will be signing at the Recorded Books booth (1951) at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Sunday, June 26, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Conference attendees can pick up an autographed card and a free download of Poundstone’s book “There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say” as well as an excerpt from her new audio release “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!”