Annual Conference

Electronic Frontier Foundation chief to keynote Washington Update at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Learn to teach coding at LITA preconference

CHICAGO — Attend a free one-hour webinar to discover what learning to teach coding is all about, and then register for and attend the full day LITA preconference at 2015 ALA Annual in San Francisco. 
Learn to Teach Coding and Mentor Technology Newbies – in Your Library or Anywhere! (LIT2)
Free introductory webinar
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. Central Time
The informational webinar is free, no registration required, and open to the first 100 log-ins at

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, keynote speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration

CHICAGO -- In what’s shaping up to be an exciting literary event at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been announced as keynote speaker at the celebratory 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony. The event, held from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the Hotel Nikko, will also include the announcements of the two medal winners—one for fiction, one for nonfiction.

Adriana Trigiani among authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

CHICAGO — Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen and John Katzenbach will be the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

LLAMA preconference on library space planning

CHICAGO — Orchestrating the library space planning process is more important than ever before.  As libraries change from depositories to activity centers, the spaces and furniture in them are changing and becoming increasingly more flexible.  “Building Blocks for Library Space Planning – From Vision to Paper” (LLA2) starts attendees off with ‘big picture visioning’ and ends with practical advice on current real-life library planning.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) invites everyone who has an interest in or desire to know more about library space planning to this

Get your career questions answered

CHICAGO — Need a little bit of help with your career?  Wondering if you should stay in your current position or look for something new?  Not sure what your next move should be?  If you plan to attend the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, then you should stop by the ALA JobLIST Placement Center.  There will be several opportunities to get your career questions and/or concerns answered.  Take a look at these complimentary services.

ALA President Courtney Young presents highlights of the ALA Chapters’ Career Development Facilitator Training

CHICAGO — Attendees of the ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco are invited to attend a special presentation highlighting the ALA Chapters’ Career Development Facilitator Training from 1 - 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  The program will be held in the Moscone Convention Center – 2001W.

Meet the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders at a poster session during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco are invited to meet the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015.

The ALA 2015 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the poster session, which will take place in the Moscone Convention Center, room 3014-3016W.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

Have a professional photo taken at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — An exciting service is now part of the ALA JobLIST Placement Center. The JobLIST Placement Center offers all conference attendees the opportunity to have a "headshot" photo package created.  Any attendee can sign up for an appointment with ALA's conference photography team to have a professional photo taken and set of digital images created for the attendees' use in job applications, social media and other networking opportunities. Sign-up now.


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