Annual Conference

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2014 to determine which 40 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program from the 95 submissions received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. See the submissions and vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Exciting preconferences from ALCTS during Annual Conference in Las Vegas

CHICAGO — Exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From Fundamentals of Collection Assessment to Streaming Media, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27, for these events.  Register through the 2014 ALA Annual Conference website.   

Philippe Petit to speak at United for Libraries’ President’s Program at Annual

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present Philippe Petit, subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” at United for Libraries President’s Program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -  Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Lois Lowry to speak, Daniel Handler to present at President’s Program, 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Lois Lowry, legendary best-selling youth author and two-time Newbery Medal winner will be the featured speaker in Barbara Stripling’s ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Stripling will conduct an interview with Lowry and moderate a Q&A with the audience.

Jane Fonda, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference, to discuss adolescent empowerment

CHICAGO -- Jane Fonda is much more than a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. Her focus for almost 20 years has been on adolescent reproductive health and the empowerment of women and girls.

Deadline for applications for Trustee Conference Grant extended to March 14

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through March 14, 2014.

Alexander McCall Smith, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Attendees at 2014 ALA Annual Conference will not want to miss the chance to hear the entertaining Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Azar Nafisi, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Azar Nafisi, award-winning, critically acclaimed author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” the long-running New York Times bestseller published around the world in 32 languages, will offer insights into her work, including her engagement in promoting literacy and reading books of universal literary value, when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Four local libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

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