Annual Conference

United for Libraries to host Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Bestselling writers Shari Lapena, Lisa Fenn, Thomas Mullen, Susan Mallery and Imbolo Mbue, along with audiobook narrator Jayne Entwistle, will discuss their new books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow.

Innovative and successful diversity-in-action ideas sought for 2016 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair

CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from all kinds of institutions to submit proposals to participate in the 2016 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Orlando. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE Publishing

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE Publishing, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Public voting is now open through April 20, 2016 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 167 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Newbery Award Winner Avi to headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award winning author Avi will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, as part of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During his presentation, Avi will speak of his work and his connection to readers and librarians.

“Don’t Get Sued”: ASCLA’s President’s Program addresses accessibility barriers

Don’t Get Sued: What Librarians are Doing to Address the Physical, Programmatic and Web-based Accessibility Barriers for People with Disabilities,” is the title of this year’s President’s Program hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.  

Innovation and Brand Strategy Preconferences at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Innovation and brand strategy will be the focus of two preconferences hosted by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries and DEMCO, held at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Featuring industry experts, the preconferences provide a unique opportunity for attendees to expand their skills and develop expertise in areas of increasing importance.

Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of conversation in several bestselling books.

Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during Preservation Week®, April 24 – 30, 2016.  Meltzer joins the campaign for another year as honorary chair of Preservation Week®, a time when libraries throughout the country provide information and expertise on how to archive and preserve individual and institutional treasures.

Civil rights leader, 'March' co-author, Congressman John Lewis to speak at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

Congressman John Lewis — renowned civil rights leader and co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel series March — will make a special appearance with his award-winning March co-creators at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, in observation of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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