Annual Conference

ALA Council resolution opposes voter restrictions

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution opposing voter restrictions.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., opposes voter ID laws, restrictions on voter registration, cuts to early voting and any other laws resulting in the restriction of lawful access to voting.

It also encourages libraries, librarians and library support staff to “provide information to citizens to mitigate these restrictions should they remain in effect on Election Day.”

ALA Council resolution proclaims value of school libraries, librarians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution in support of school libraries.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., directs the ALA to lead the association in “addressing the urgent need for advocacy on behalf of school libraries and librarians.”

It also directs the ALA to address the impact of the “de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs” on students and student achievement.

Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web sessions, conversations and insights offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Booklist editors in conversation with authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer, ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Back by popular demand as part of the annual ALA Virtual Conference (July 18 and 19, 2012),  Booklist editors Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman will host 30-minute author lunches, interviewing popular and thought-provoking authors Katherine Boo and Christian Kiefer.

Anne Enright, Robert K. Massie, first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s "The Forgotten Waltz" received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" received the nonfiction prize. The medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published the previous year in the United States.

E-books, school library resolution, privacy, book awards among highlights of ALA Annual Conference

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif, saw a unanimous resolution in support of  the value of school libraries passed by ALA Council, as well as discussions about e-books, privacy, library advocacy and other important issues.

Latino children’s authors and illustrators to receive prestigious 2012 Pura Belpré Award at ALA Annual Celebración

Pasadena, Calif. — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association and REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate), will host the annual Celebración! to honor the 2012 medal and honor winners of the Pura Belpré Award during the annual conference of the American Library Association. The event will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom Center in the Disneyland Hotel.

Mobile app for ALA Annual Conference Scheduler released

CHICAGO — Attendees can keep track of everything while on the go at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The new mobile app for the Conference Scheduler puts all the information people need right at their fingertips, including their existing schedule, list of exhibitors and notes from the full Scheduler site. They just have to log in with the same username and password as on the Scheduler to access all of their existing conference information.

Plan to spend Sunday afternoon with LITA in Anaheim

CHICAGO — Join LITA on June 24 in Anaheim, Calif. for a Sunday afternoon of great programming, networking and camaraderie, starting at 1:30 p. m. with Top Technology Trends & LITA Award Presentation (Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom A), LITA’s ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology.

Rich Harwood to discuss reclaiming Main Street and libraries at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. —A recent study revealed that many Americans feel that the country is lost amid a sea of changes and that they crave more openness, simpler living, humility and compassion. They want to kick-start a new trajectory for the country that begins with small, local actions.

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