Annual Conference

Joshua Davis among featured speakers at United for Libraries President’s Program

CHICAGO — Joshua Davis, author of “Spare Parts” (now a major motion picture), will be a featured speaker at the United for Libraries President’s Program, “From Cover to Screen - Books to Movies,” at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on Monday, June 29, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Join United for Libraries President Christine Lind Hage for this program, which will also feature Rick Jacobs, producer of “Spare Parts,” and esteemed film critic David Thomson, author of “How to Watch a Movie” (Random House, November 2015).

PLA to present first ever PLA BIG IDEAS at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Public Library Association (PLA) will present PLA BIG IDEAS @ ALA Annual, an ideal event for public library directors, deputy directors, and managers. An extension of the popular BIG IDEAS series at PLA Conference, this engaging day will feature dynamic speakers from outside the library world, including leadership expert, Jay Conger and creativity expert, Tina Seelig.

Register for ‘StoryCorps @ your library’ preconference workshop at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will hold a one-day workshop on Friday, June 26, for library professionals interested in offering projects inspired by StoryCorps at their institutions.

The workshop, “StoryCorps @ your library: Enhance Library Programming through Oral History Narratives,” will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco as part of ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Writer Edwidge Danticat—designated by Harper's Bazaar as "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine— appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29.

Gamer geek Eli Neiburger to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Self-proclaimed geek, gamer, dork and doofus Eli Neiburger, will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, as part of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Neiburger has spoken across the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and the Web.

Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Application deadline for Academic Friend Conference Grants extended to March 20

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants through March 20, 2015.

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant will enable two first-time conference attendees to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Applicants must be active in their college or university Friends of the Library group, or academic library staff members who work in development. A grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to each recipient.