Annual Conference

RDA and authority work subject of ALCTS preconference

CHICAGO — “A Change in Authority: Authority Work in the RDA Environment” is the topic for the upcoming preconference sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  The preconference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012.  Registration is required and a separate registration fee applies.

NEH, ALA to present 'Bridging Cultures' programs at ALA Annual Conference

Sessions include information on upcoming Bookshelf grant for libraries

CHICAGO – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will present two events at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim to introduce a new grant initiative for libraries, “Muslim Journeys,” a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. For more information about Muslim Journeys,” visit

Still time to register for Disney's 'Approach to Quality Service' in Anaheim

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Learning Round Table invites you to Disney Institute for “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service” on Friday, June 22, 2012, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. 

You will examine the time-tested model for delivering world-class guest service and discover how attention to detail creates a consistent, successful environment for both employees and customers.

Paula Poundstone and Lizz Winstead among the featured authors at ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at ALA 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.

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.


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