For immediate release | July 10, 2013

'Engaging, fresh, innovative'-2013 ALA Virtual Conference, July 24 and 25

CHICAGO — Topics at the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference (July 24 and 25) include transformational community engagement; new directions for libraries and digital content; iCloud for patrons; iPods, Games and other innovative instruction ideas; making to learn; improving student learning spaces; mapping the journey in transforming the library; building a knowledge alliance; iPad administration and apps; making creative community space; finding your first librarian job; loud programming in the library and why it’s good; meaningful gamification in libraries; and the Little Free Libraries project.

Described by last year’s attendees as a fresh and engaging event offering many ideas for innovation--and a bargain in professional development--the two-day event includes sessions that offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new, with presenters highlighting how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities.

Booklist editors and expert interviewers Donna Seaman and Brad Hooper again host the popular 30-minute lunchtime conversations with authors. On July 24, Seaman will be in conversation with bestselling adult and children’s book author Chitra Divakaruni. On July 25, Hooper will talk with Marie Arana, author, editor, journalist and member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress.

The archive of ALA Virtual Conference will be available free to Virtual Conference registrants for up to six months.

Individual registration is $70 for ALA members ($80 non members). Group registration for 4 or more participants and up to 15 IP addresses is $325 for ALA members ($350 for non members).

You can register and get more information about the speakers, topics, authors, and overall program at

You can join the conversation around 2013 ALA Virtual Conference on Twitter: #alavc13. ALA thanks Virtual Conference sponsor Armen Melikian, author of Journey to Virginland (the first in a trilogy).

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Lindsay Rosales

Conference Coordinator

American Library Association

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