Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.
Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. She has said, “if you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else.” The session will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, 4:00-5:15pm at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.
ALA Council adopted a Library Bill of Rights interpretation at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting that emphasizes the role art plays in libraries and states libraries should present a broad spectrum of viewpoints in developing art exhibits and programs.
At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council adopted the statement “Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue.” Written by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the document affirms that Net Neutrality is essential to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom and the free exercise of democracy.
DENVER – Where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.
DENVER — The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected three titles to receive the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award. The 2018 AILA Best Picture Book is Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy (2017), published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade, and edited by Tlingit speakers Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, and Nora Dauenhauer and Tlingit linguist Richard Dauenhauer.
BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Attendees of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver are invited to attend the “Spotlight on Book Clubs” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Colorado Convention Center Exhibit Hall.
Elizabeth Martinez and Binnie Tate Wilkin, two of the profession’s leading advocates for equitable library services, will lead the “Libraries Transform – Diversity & Equity” plenary session, Sunday morning February 11th from 8:30 – 10:00 am, at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 405/407.
Curriculum and campus innovators will lead the “Libraries Transform – Education Innovation” plenary session, Saturday morning February 10th from 8:30 – 10:00 am, at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 405/407. Part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the education innovation session offers attendees a chance to learn with experts about the future of education and learning.