Annual Conference

University of Michigan’s Ilana Barnes wins business librarian travel grant for ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Ilana Barnes, circulation supervisor and reference assistant at the University of Michigan Kresge Business Administration Library and a student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, is the 2012 recipient of the BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, a travel grant given annually by the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS).

New resource helps potential attendees communicate benefits of ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Making the case for time off and support for travel and expenses to attend a conference, especially in times of tight budgets and reduced staff, requires a solid understanding of the potential benefits to the workplace, to a supervisor and to colleagues. A new resource—Making Your Case for Attending—has been published on the ALA Annual Conference website to help potential attendees communicate the many ways that conference attendance can pay big dividends.

Innovation, thought leaders and technology—ALA Annual Conference offers inspiring range of options

CHICAGO — Innovation, thought leaders and technology are keys to transformation, and the 2012 ALA Annual Conference delivers on all those fronts. Energizing, transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups and high-profile speakers are lined up to spark creativity and foster transformative ideas.

Full listings of related events, as well as details about the highlights below, are on the ALA Annual Conference website, where you’ll find the Preliminary Program and other information.

YALSA opens program proposals for 2013 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will accept proposals for programs for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2. Proposals may be submitted through May 31 at

YALSA seeks creative, innovative proposals that highlight innovation and best practices in the following topic areas:

The latest on e-books, digital content, digital literacy in libraries at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Sparking innovation around e-books and digital content in libraries, a wide range of transformative conversations, programs, preconferences, discussion groups, high-profile speakers and updates from ALA leadership about their ongoing e-book dialog with publishers will mark the 2012 ALA Annual Conference.

Sessions of high interest in this area include the following, with further information available in the Preliminary Program for the Conference, accessible at

Be part of book award history at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will take place at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Attendees at the event will be the first to hear which two authors win the medals for best fiction and nonfiction book for adult readers.

2012 ASCLA President’s Program features “Duct Tape Marketing” author John Jantsch

CHICAGO — John Jantsch, best-selling author of "Duct Tape Marketing" and "The Referral Engine", will speak at the President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Cheryl Gould of Fully Engaged Libraries to speak at ALTAFF’s Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at the ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 23 at the Anaheim Marriott, Newport Beach and Rancho Las Palmas, at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

PLA to offer three preconferences for public library staff at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — On Friday, June 22, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., the Public Library Association (PLA) will present three unique preconferences dedicated to public library professionals. Preconferences require a separate registration; however, you do not need to be registered for the ALA Annual Conference to register for a preconference. The programs include: 

John Irving introduces his 13th novel to ALA Annual Conference attendees

CHICAGO — Best-selling author John Irving appears in the Auditorium Speaker Series at 2012 ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. He will introduce attendees to his 13th and latest novel, “In One Person,” due to be published in May 2012. The novel is described as his most political since “The Cider House Rules” and “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” offering an unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”


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