Annual Conference

Temple Grandin on different kinds of minds at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Temple Grandin-- diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1949 and now one of the world’s most influential, accomplished and well known adults with autism - will inspire and inform 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees as an Auditorium Speaker from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the 5-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. She is a best-selling author, doctor of animal science and autism activist who believes that “We need different kinds of minds to work together.

Alice Walker, author and activist, to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference will have the chance on Monday, July 1 to hear Alice Walker, one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender and other topics.

Exciting preconferences from ALCTS during Annual Conference

CHICAGO  — Exciting preconferences are coming your way during this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  From RDA to shared print monographs to the semantic Web to crowdsourcing ERM, there is a preconference that meets your need.  Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, for these events.  Register through the 2013 ALA Annual Conference website.

Chicago’s famed Second City, ALA/Proquest Scholarship Bash, June 29

CHICAGO — Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, Best of The Second City, will appear from 8 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history. Conference attendees can have a laugh while raising money for an important cause.

Apply for the Friends of ALSC preconference scholarship

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the 2013 ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. The Preconference is taking place from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2013 for nearly 40 talks in two formats to determine which sessions will be added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

For the second time this year, ALA opened a general call for “Conversation Starter” talks, fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Vote for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Pew’s Lee Rainie shares latest research on evolving library patrons at RUSA President’s Program, 2013 ALA Conference

CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The RUSA President’s Program” on Saturday, June 29 at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago; RUSA will also host a discussion of the issues presented at the program on Sunday, June 30.

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner,' to speak at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — One hot new title that people will be reading, recommending and talking about this season is Khaled Hosseini’s "And the Mountains Echoed," his first new novel in more than six years. Attendees at ALA Annual Conference will have a chance to hear this bestselling author on Saturday, June 29 when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker.

Paula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s On Us Sponsored by SAGE”

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us" sponsored by SAGE,” featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

ACRL/LLAMA Presidents’ Program at 2013 ALA Annual, leadership moment contest

CHICAGO – Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) for their joint Presidents’ Program at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Titled “Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times,” the program will feature noted author, executive coach and leadership consultant Karol M. Wasylyshyn.

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