Annual Conference

Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place.

Learn how to engage young adults at ‘Teens on Boards, Oh Yes!’, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present  “Teens on Boards, Oh Yes! Library Boards, Friends Boards, and Engaging Teens” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at McCormick Place N427d at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A panel of speakers will share their experiences and tips for engaging teens on library Boards of Trustees and the boards of Friends groups.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 in McCormick Place S501bc at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Friends, Trustees and advocates, including the fiduciary responsibilities of boards. The program will be led by Dora U. Sims, trustee at Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library and Trustee-at-Large, United for Libraries, and Shirley A. Bruursema, trustee at Kent (Mich.) District Library.

PR Forum topic: 'Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding'

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, branding expert, NYU professor and blogger, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30,  McCormick Place Convention Center S40,on the topic:  “The $84 Question: Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding."

Copies of  Vinjamuri’s book, “Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands” will be raffled off.  All attendees will receive a copy of his  new novel, “Operator.”

Helping library patrons become citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information and promote civic engagement. Join government experts at the 2013 Annual American Library Association Conference to learn how a newly launched website ( can help librarians serve the e-government needs of their communities.

'Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1'

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons.

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group to host discussion on public speaking skills for librarians

CHICAGO — Public speaking is a vital skill for all librarians, but outreach and other events don’t always go quite as planned.  Everyone should be prepared to improvise and maintain their composure when faced with unexpected challenges.  Both novice and experienced librarians and library workers are invited to learn from colleagues and share their own experiences during the LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at Annual Conference, June 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four libraries recognized for their use of cutting-edge technologies in library services will share information on the development and impact of these services at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 30 in McCormick Place Convention Center Room N427bc.

Share your personal tribute to Dr. King at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invite attendees of ALA’s Annual Conference to record their reflections on how the work and legacy of Dr. King has inspired them in their careers as librarians and information professionals. Tributes will be recorded from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 in Conference Room 4I at the Hilton Chicago.

Digital literacy tool website launches at Annual

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new online hub for digital literacy support and training will launch at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Librarians who provide training or assistance with digital literacy in their libraries are encouraged to participate in the launch of the new online resource


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