Introduction to at ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Angela Thullen

Program Officer, Communications



For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will host demonstrations of its new online resource,, at 10 and 11 a.m. during the ALA Annual Conference from July 11 through July 13 at the Public Programs Office Booth (#3254) in the Exhibits Hall at McCormick Place, Chicago. An additional demonstration will be held at the ALA Membership Pavilion (Booth #3034) at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13. All conference attendees are welcome to attend any of these seven free demonstrations, which will explore this new resource, offered by the Public Programs Office, designed to assist librarians in bringing cultural and community programs, such as literature discussion series and author appearances, to their libraries. includes a resource library and a blog to keep librarians informed of upcoming opportunities and provide inspiration for library programs. As the site continues to develop, users will find live learning opportunities, as well as more resources, ideas, and opportunities to network with peers and programming experts.

Development of is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Service to the ALA Public Programs Office, which fosters cultural programming as an integral part of library service. In keeping with that mission, offers librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities.

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has an exemplary track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It!," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs. Through grant opportunities and library programming initiatives, the ALA Public Programs Office provides the essential resources, funding, visibility and framework needed for libraries to conduct high-quality cultural programming. For more information on the ALA Public Programs Office, visit