Annual Conference

Innovation and Brand Strategy Preconferences at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Innovation and brand strategy will be the focus of two preconferences hosted by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries and DEMCO, held at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Featuring industry experts, the preconferences provide a unique opportunity for attendees to expand their skills and develop expertise in areas of increasing importance.

Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of conversation in several bestselling books.

Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during Preservation Week®, April 24 – 30, 2016.  Meltzer joins the campaign for another year as honorary chair of Preservation Week®, a time when libraries throughout the country provide information and expertise on how to archive and preserve individual and institutional treasures.

Civil rights leader, 'March' co-author, Congressman John Lewis to speak at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Congressman John Lewis — renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series March — will make a special appearance with his award-winning March co-creators at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, in observation of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity"

Committee on Professional Ethics Presents "No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity" at ALA's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings is Auditorium Speaker at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, will be a 2016 ALA Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker on Monday, June 27, 8:30-9:30 am. At the age of five and with the support of her parents, Jennings transitioned to life as a girl. A year later, her first Barbara Walters interview aired, at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable about or accepting of the transgender community.

"The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom" named 2016 Eli M. Oboler Award winner

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has announced the winner of the 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.  The 2016 award goes to The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom, edited by Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky.  The publisher is the Library Juice Press.

ALCTS Virtual Preconference Coming in June

CHICAGO – June 7 and 8, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) will host a virtual preconference that will bring the conference experience to you.  We Can Do It, You Can Too! Metadata Automation For Everyone is a two-day virtual preconference that consists of two 90-minute sessions on automating descriptive metadata creation and automating legacy data cleanup projects. Registration is open, so sign up early to make sure you get a spot.

ALA seeks candidates for upcoming Endowment Fund Trustee opening

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Endowment Trustee for the ALA Endowment Fund. The candidate will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23 – 28 in Orlando, Florida.

Award-winning actress and bestselling author Jamie Lee Curtis will close out 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis will close out the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando after current ALA President Sari Feldman passes the gavel to the 2016-2017 ALA President Julie Todaro and introduces the new ALA Division Presidents. The Closing General Session will take place 9:30-11:00am on Tuesday, June 28th.

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