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Scott Turow and Kate White among authors at United for Libraries’ mystery panel at ALA Annual

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 9:01am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors” on Monday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W185a.

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest books and their lives as writers. A book signing will follow. This program will be oderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:46pm

CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging from fake news and library programming to community outreach and library instruction, the programs are:

“So, You're a New Instruction Librarian ...”

A splendid array of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:32am

Longer hours and easy access near the onsite Registration area make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

ALA Store hours:

Preconferences at AASL National Conference offer first look at new school library standards

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:21pm

CHICAGO – Before the conference officially starts, attendees of the AASL National Conference & Exhibition have the opportunity to delve into the new “National School Library Standards” by attending their choice of three standards-dedicated preconferences. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

AASL National Conference tours showcase unique Phoenix schools

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:19pm

CHICAGO – School tours planned during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition will showcase unique school library programs in the Phoenix area. Tours to these educational facilities will take place prior the opening of the conference, “Beyond the Horizon” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017. More information is available at national.aasl.org.

Tours include:

United for Libraries to host ‘Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:21am

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries will host “Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations” on Saturday, June 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McCormick Place West, W181a, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Celeste Ng among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:01am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling “Everything I Never Told You,” will join Jonathan Safran Foer, Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson and A.J. Finn at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

United for Libraries to present author of inaugural Book Club Central selection at “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community”

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:06pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community,” featuring the author of the inaugural Book Club Central selection chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker, on Sunday, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

ALA Annual Conference panel highlights partnerships to extend school library support

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:59am

CHICAGO – Every school library advocate has a unique story to share about how they developed and grew partnerships. A special panel during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago will bring together three library professionals to discuss the partnerships they formed to extend the base of support for school library programs beyond school librarians. This panel builds on the goal of AASL/ALA’s recent Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) trainings: to create new or strengthen existing relationships in the community. “Partnerships to Strengthen School Libraries,” will take place at 3:00 p.m.

AASL National Conference tours showcase Phoenix’s architecture, geography and culture

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 1:38pm

CHICAGO – Four tours will showcase Phoenix’s unique architecture, geography and culture ahead of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition this Nov. 9-11. Attendees arriving prior to the official start of conference festivities will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the conference host city.

United for Libraries, RUSA, and Chapter Relations to host ‘Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?’

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:35am

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries, RUSA, and ALA Chapter Relations will host a joint discussion group on “Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?" at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at McCormick Place West, W194b.

Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:55am

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at Annual Conference. The session will take place Monday, June 26th from 8:30-10:00am in room W176a in McCormick Place.

Emil Ferris among featured authors at United for Libraries’ ‘First Author’ panel at ALA Annual

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:45pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Emil Ferris (“My Favorite Thing is Monsters”) will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ “First Author, First Book panel from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Joining Ferris will be C. Morgan Babst, Devin Murphy, Sarah Shoemaker, and Gregory Scott Katsoulis. A book signing will follow. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

United for Libraries to present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:43pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. This year's theme will be board development. Speakers will include:

AASL seeks program proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:10pm

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 21 – 26 in New Orleans, La. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

AASL seeks proposals for 60-minute concurrent sessions. All programs should include up to three learning objectives and should address how the session supports the AASL standards and strategic plan.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Closing General Session Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 9:52am

In 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and U.S. Senator from New York.

Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:52am

CHICAGO – Thirty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have been awarded a $750 travel grant to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Grant recipients include:

ESLS call for proposals and papers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:22pm

CHICAGO – The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be presented in a concurrent session at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition to be held from Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, the selected papers will be automatically considered for publication in School Library Research (SLR) (pending the journal's peer review process).

2018 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:04am

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on May 17, 2017, for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018. For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices.

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic that is relevant to the library profession. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. 

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