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Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-Mansour joins the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

AASL opens call for best practice showcase proposals

CHICAGO – Attendees of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition will once again get a taste of current programs that are leading the way in school library program development during the conference's best practice showcase. The IdeaLab, formerly known as the IDEAxCHANGE, will be held Thursday afternoon of the conference taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. To submit a proposal, visit national.aasl.org/idea.

Roberta A. Kaplan, litigator in DOMA Defeat, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Kicking off the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, Roberta A. Kaplan will offer attendees a chance to hear how what she did--with the help of a band of supporters–extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. Kaplan will offer insights into how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how laws get overturned and how change is made legally.

Be among the first group of libraries to implement PLA’s new performance measures

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) for the Performance Measures Launch preconference on Friday, June 26, at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. PLA will convene representatives from up to 50 public libraries and train them on the use of performance measurement surveys and how to interpret and use the data to improve the efficacy of and support for their programs over time.

American Library Association announces 2015 youth media award winners

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

“The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander, is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Two Newbery Honor Books also were named:

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively conversations, updates, productive problem-solving and networking throughout McCormick Place and other venues during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 29-Feb. 3. With a focus on “The conversation starts here . .

RUSA announces 2015 book and media awards for adults

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the top books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and genre; audio books; and reference books for adults – including the Notable Books List, Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, Listen List, Dartmouth Medal and Outstanding Reference Sources – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:

Notable Books List for excellence in fiction, nonfiction and poetry:

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Conversation Starters, Ignite and Poster Session proposals due dates for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in one-hour Conversation Starters, five-minute Ignite sessions and 90-minute poster sessions. The poster session proposal deadline has been extended to February 28, 2015. Conversation Starters and Ignite proposals are accepted through the end of March 1, 2015. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section

CHICAGO —The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

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