Midwinter Meeting

'Dictionary of American Regional English' wins RUSA’s Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference publications

SEATTLE — The winner of the 2013 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is the “Dictionary of American Regional English” published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Lavonda Kay Broadnax wins RUSA’s Zora Neale Hurston Award for leadership in promoting African-American literature

SEATTLE — Lavonda Kay Broadnax, digital project coordinator at the Library of Congress, is the 2013 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and sponsored by Harper Perennial.

2013 Notable Books, Reading List, Outstanding Reference Sources and other adult book awards will be unveiled at Midwinter

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will unveil the winners of its annual adult reading and reference awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, including the Notable Books List for fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the Reading List for top genre fiction, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, the Outstanding Reference Sources List and several other prestigious literary awards.

Award-winning products at the ALA Store at Midwinter

CHICAGO — Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1670, near the North Lobby entrance—an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store is a lively spot to browse, and offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by!

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United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services to sponsor Spotlight on Adult Literature at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor a Spotlight on Adult Literature from 2 to 4 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Washington State Convention Center Exhibit Hall at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Participating publishers will host book and galley giveaways, author signings and more.

OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support intellectual freedom

ALA Midwinter viral campaign encourages reporting of challenges to library materials

CHICAGO — ALA Midwinter 2013 attendees – and all fans of intellectual freedom – can take a stand for the freedom to read (and for fashion!) by participating in Sweater Vest Sunday!  All day on Sunday, January 27, 2013, help spread the word about the importance of reporting challenges to library materials by wearing a sweater vest to your meetings, lunches, programs, and special events.

ALA to announce the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media

CHICAGO — Children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and publishing groups are waiting in anticipation for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements.   The ALA will announce 19 awards at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28 from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  The awards include the esteemed John Newbery Medal, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Michael L. Printz Award.

Erin McKean at ALCTS President’s Program in Chicago

CHICAGO — Erin McKean, founder of Wordnik.com and the former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  The President’s Program is at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1,  during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.