Annual Conference

Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, announces that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will open 2018 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She will appear at the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 22, 4:00—5:30pm, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Learn to conquer the digital world at PR Forum 2018

CHICAGO – In today’s world, it’s not a matter of whether or not you engage in social media and digital marketing but how well you do it. At the 2018 PR Forum, being held 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, learn how to determine which social platform is best for your library, how to develop compelling content and how to discover conversations you can become a part of.  

PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library professionals the opportunity to attend five marketing and public-relations focused sessions on the same day.

PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Conable Conference Scholarship Recipient

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Dovi Mae Patino as the recipient of the 2018 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Patino’s expenses to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical documents. During their conversation, the Librarian and the Archivist will discuss the role of their institutions in making these resources accessible to the public. This session will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30-11:30am at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Gayle Danley Joins the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition as an Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO - Gayle Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national, and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia, where she soaked up encyclopedias and carried around a book of rhymes ("Jack Sprat could eat no fat ..." "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear ...") because she adored how silly they were.

Susan Orlean among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Annual

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Orlean, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lou Berney, Lisa Unger, Leif Enger, and Delia Owens will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Festive beverages and light snacks will be served. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2018 Baker & Taylor Awards during this event.

Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual New Orleans Conference. The raffle supports IFRT awards celebrating important contributions to intellectual freedom.

Accepting appointments for career counseling

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans. Sign-up now.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews to Perform at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is an author, philanthropist, and a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist who leads the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  He has performed and shared the stage with countless musicians, including U2, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Madonna. He performed at the White House event “Red, White & Blues” and recently made a cameo on the longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons. His performance will take place when the Opening General Session begins, Friday, June 22, 2018, 4:00pm at the Ernest N.