Booklist presents: From Lincoln to Blogs and Rethinking Reference

Contact: Mary Frances Wilkens

General Manager

Booklist Publications



For Immediate Release

June 22, 2009

Booklist, the ALA’s print and online book and media review publication, offers programs at the forthcoming ALA Annual Conference with something for everyone involved in youth and adult collection development and/or readers advisory.

The standing-room-only Booklist Books for Youth Forum on Friday evening is always a conference highlight. This year, join the crowd to celebrate 200 years of Lincoln’s legacy (“Celebrating Lincoln”) with a group of award-winning authors and editors. Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Jean Feiwel and Russell Freedman will discuss the stories behind their Lincoln titles, as well as the challenges of creating captivating biographies for children and young adults. Don’t miss the forum, 8-10 p.m. Friday, Grand Ballroom, Westin River North.

Booklist is also holding a premiere—the first annual Booklist Online Forum, "Books and Blogs: Made for Each Other?" Librarians, readers, publishers and authors have embraced blogs as a way to locate, learn about and promote books. A diverse and distinguished panel of bloggers will discuss the power of the Web—for the good of books. (And they’ll talk about Twitter, too!) Panelists include Mary Burkey (
Audiobooker); John Green (
Brotherhood 2.0); Kaite Mediatore Stover (
Book Group Buzz); Nora Rawlinson (
EarlyWord); and Keir Graff, moderator (
Likely Stories). The forum is from 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, Â at McCormick Place West, W-192C.

Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin brings together a panel to address “Rethinking the Reference Collection.” Reference collection used to mean physical books on physical shelves, but has expanded to include databases, Web sites and other resources. Join panelists Sara Johns (library media specialist, Lake Placid Middle/High School); Barbara Bibel (reference librarian, Oakland Public Library); and Dave Tyckoson (associate dean, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno) to delve into the challenges, needs and uses of current and future reference collections. The session will be a Q-&-A format, with opportunities for attendees to participate, moderated by Booklist’s “
Off the Shelf” columnist Sue Polanka (head, reference/instruction, Wright State University Libraries). Rethink the reference collection from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Monday, Â at McCormick Place West, W-179.

As always, Booklist and Book Links editors look forward to meeting you in the exhibit hall at booth #2042, where you can learn more about the “One subscription, two magazines” offer, pick up free issues, subscribe at special conference rates and get a demo of the myriad ways you, your colleagues and your patrons can use
Booklist Online (also featured in a “Pavilion Session,” ALA Pavilion #3034 at noon on Sunday). And get your copy of Bill Ott’s
The Back Page signed while you’re there!

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