Annual Conference

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.