Annual Conference

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.”

Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon opens ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Focusing on why it is time to stop arguing over whether the Internet empowers people and addressing the urgent question of how technology should be governed to support the rights and liberties of users around the world, journalist, Internet policy specialist and author of the book “Consent of the Networked” Rebecca MacKinnon kicks off 2012 ALA Annual Conference at the Opening General Session from 4-5:15 p.m. on Friday, June 22 in the Convention Center.

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