American Library Association

Forty participants selected for new ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s inaugural four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. Originally, 35 applicants were slated to be picked, but the selection committee increased the number based on the strength of the applications.

Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The event — standing-room only in 2012 — takes place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom.

International Crime—award-winning crime fiction authors at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Wolf Haas, Bayo Ojikutu, Zane Lovitt and Mark Billingham make up the not-to-be-missed “International Crime from Independent Publishers” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. These lauded crime fiction authors will talk with Booklist Online editor and panel moderator Keir Graff about their worldly perspectives on the genre as part of Mystery Day at the PopTop stage in the Exhibit Hall from 1 - 2 p.m.

Booklist Online launches Booklandia—Where YA Books Live, free e-Newsletter

CHICAGO — Booklandia—Where YA Books Live has just joined the roster of popular Booklist Online e-newsletters. This new free bimonthly newsletter will keep subscribers updated on trends in YA literature through a mix of original feature articles and selected Booklist reviews of notable YA titles, as well as offering informative, entertaining and often edgy commentary on the YA scene.

GraphiCon—the mini-comic-con inside 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - For the second year, GraphiCon will inspire ALA Annual Conference attendees to innovate and raise the profile of graphic novels and comics in their library or school. A range of programs and author events, plus “Artist Alley,” the Graphic Novel Pavilion and Graphic Novel Stage in the exhibit hall will offer information and creative inspiration, as well as chances to ask questions and discuss ideas.