Midwinter Meeting

Rita Williams-Garcia, Bryan Collier win 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “P.S. Be Eleven” and Bryan Collier, illustrator of “Knock knock: my dad’s dream for me” are the winners of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Theodore Taylor III, illustrator of “When the beat was born: DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip-hop” is the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent winner. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, being held Jan.

'Beautiful Music for Ugly Children' and 'Fat Angie' win 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

PHILADELPHIA — “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. and “Fat Angie” by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press are the 2014 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced today by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan.

2014 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

PHILADELPHIA — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Jan.24 - 28.

YALSA announces 2014 Alex Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2014 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Jan. 24 – 28.

The 2014 Alex Award winners are:

Try out Google Glass at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that's worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Wilson L.

Google leadership to detail book search lawsuit at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Librarians applauded last November when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database by calling Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship," will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C.

Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law's filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

Freedom to Read Foundation hosts memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be hosting a memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman, the librarian and jeweler who passed away shortly before the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.  The reception will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in room 302 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Forsman, who was known by countless ALA Conference attendees for her wonderful jewelry (and purple hair!), exhibited nearly every year, with proceeds going to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation.

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