Annual Conference

Call for International Papers and Projects Session

CHICAGO — The American Library Association International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 28, 2014.

ALA seeking nominations for libraries on the cutting edge

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2013, and winners will be announced at the upcoming 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will be held Jan. 24-28, 2013.

VA highlights new resources at ALA Annual Conference to end homelessness among veterans

CHICAGO — During ALA’s Annual Conference, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services highlighted new resources that librarians can use to help veterans who are homeless get back on their feet.

ALA Council affirms the need for intelligence community reforms to support privacy, open government, transparency and accountability

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in the light of recent revelations related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, has passed a resolution reaffirming “its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic society.” These include “a system of public accountability, government transparency, and oversight that supports people's right to know about and participate in our government.”

ALA Council resolution urges Congress to designate GPO lead agency in managing government’s digital information

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging Congress to designate the Government Printing Office (GPO) as the lead agency in managing the lifecycle of digital U.S. government informationThat information would include government publications, documents, information and websites.

ALA Council supports librarians sued for performing their professional duty

CHICAGO — In a response to recent lawsuits that “represent an attempt to repress the academic freedom of librarians expressing professional opinions,” the American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging publishers to refrain from such actions as filing libel suits against librarians who have publicly shared their professional opinions concerning the quality of publications.  Those suits bear striking similarities to Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) used to suppress the expression of public opinion, the resolution states.

ALA Council recognizes the contributions of libraries during emergencies

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution recognizing the role of libraries and librarians in providing relief during recent disasters.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 27 – July 2 in Chicago, acknowledges that many libraries across the country have provided library and emergency services in disasters including storms, fires, earthquakes and floods and applauds those actions;

ALA Council endorses Declaration for the Right to Libraries

CHICAGO — The  American Library Association (ALA) Council endorses the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and urges that ALA work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in signing the declaration.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting preconference and program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas.

AASL announces inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of 25 apps builds on AASL’s established Best Websites for Teaching & Learning recognition and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.


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