Annual Conference

Reserve free 30-minute sessions with library consultants at 'Consultants Give Back' event

CHICAGO —The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. — an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants.

ALA Annual Conference Exhibits Hall—'a wonder to engage in'

CHICAGO —Awesome, innovative, amazing, beyond imagination—these are some of the words ALA Annual Conference attendees used about the 2011 “panorama of what’s new and exciting in the information industry,” and this year the Exhibits are shaping up to be even more rewarding.

Notable Book author, New York Times best-seller and Carnegie Medal finalist Banks at RUSA Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO —Russell Banks, acclaimed author of “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Rule of the Bone” and 2012 Notable Book “Lost Memory of Skin” (Ecco) joins the author lineup alongside Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams for the 2012 Literary Tastes program, an author event hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Heather Krasna to speak at LLAMA President’s Program during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Heather Krasna, career expert and author, will present “Leading at all Levels: Taking Charge of Your Career Growth While Mentoring Others” at the 2012 LLAMA President’s Program during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  The program will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at the Marriott Hotel, Elite Ballroom.

Rock Bottom Remainders announces that Anaheim will be their last ever concert

The Rock Bottom Remainders band has announced that the concert at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, part of the “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be its last ever. This news was released with the sad news that their founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark (who was to have performed with them at ALA) passed away in late May. It is a special honor for ALA to host this landmark event.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Introduce 'Ghost Buddy' at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The unbeatable team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are part of a moveable feast, appearing in a new-format Auditorium Speaker session at 2012 ALA Annual Conference 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in Ballroom D/E of the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. From the introductory session, the popular pair will progress to the Exhibit Hall PopTop Stage 11 am-noon for a book signing and refreshments courtesy of Scholastic.

Panel to explore whistleblower protection at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — What is the line between protecting society and defending the truth? The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) will present “National Security vs. the Right to Know,” a panel discussion during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference that will address the potential conflict between security concerns and the requirements of transparency, democracy, free press and the protection of whistleblowers.

Bettye LaVette, 'R&B realist who tells it like it is,' at Annual Wrap Up/Rev Up celebration

CHICAGO — Conference attendees will gather on Monday, June 25 in the afternoon to Wrap Up the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and Rev Up for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, with singer Bettye LaVette’s “Performance and Revelation: An Intimate Showcase with a Soul Survivor.”

GLBTRT and GLSEN team up to promote libraries as safe spaces during Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Roundtable (GLBTRT) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will join forces to explore the ways that libraries can create safe, respectful and healthful environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim.

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