ALA President-Elect Leslie Burger to discuss

Contact: Kathy Mirkin
Public Information Office

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2006

ALA President-Elect Leslie Burger to discuss

'libraries on steroids' at Book Expo, May 20

CHICAGO - Leslie Burger, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect and Princeton (N.J.) Public Library director, will speak on "Your Library on Steroids: How Public Libraries are Transforming their Communities" Saturday, May 20, at Book Expo, the largest publishing event in the United States.

The exposition will be at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center, Room 202B, from 1- 2 p.m.

"Public libraries nationwide are transforming their image and services," Burger said. "Many are re-engineering to deal with digital products and services like electronic books, publishing on demand, MP3 downloadable audiobooks and online searches. As the needs and desires of our users change, so have libraries adapted to provide new technology and resources without losing sight of our core mission of providing free and open access to all."

Burger will share her observations on how libraries transform communities and other pivotal issues impacting the publishing industry, including the future of print and how libraries and booksellers can work together to retain market share in an increasingly digital world.

BookExpo America will be held May 19 - 21, 2006. The event attracts book publishers and other publishing professionals, librarians, writers, and many others with more than 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors, and more than 100 conference sessions.
More information on Book Expo is available at
Book Expo DC 2006.

ALA, the 'voice of America's libraries,' is the oldest, largest, and most influential library association in the world. ALA's mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.