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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David S. Ferriero will present at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:35am

CHICAGO - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical documents. During their conversation, the Librarian and the Archivist will discuss the role of their institutions in making these resources accessible to the public. This session will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30-11:30am at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Gayle Danley Joins the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition as an Auditorium Speaker

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:04am

CHICAGO - Gayle Danley is a championship poet and grief writer who has won both the national, and international poetry slam titles. Her passion is teaching kids, through slam poetry, how to soothe their wounds. Danley traces her love for words, especially spoken word, to her childhood in Georgia, where she soaked up encyclopedias and carried around a book of rhymes ("Jack Sprat could eat no fat ..." "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear ...") because she adored how silly they were.

Susan Orlean among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Annual

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:14pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Orlean, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lou Berney, Lisa Unger, Leif Enger, and Delia Owens will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Toast, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Festive beverages and light snacks will be served. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2018 Baker & Taylor Awards during this event.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews to Perform at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:02am

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is an author, philanthropist, and a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist who leads the band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  He has performed and shared the stage with countless musicians, including U2, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, and Madonna. He performed at the White House event “Red, White & Blues” and recently made a cameo on the longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons. His performance will take place when the Opening General Session begins, Friday, June 22, 2018, 4:00pm at the Ernest N.

Film, Theater, and Television Actor, Sally Field is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 3:30pm

CHICAGO - Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor, who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens.  Her extensive film credits include performances in Robert Benson’s Places of the Heart, for which she received both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, receiving not only the Academy Award but also a Golden Globe.

Jim Neal, President of the American Library Association, announces that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will open 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 1:04pm

CHICAGO - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She will appear at the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 22, 4:00—5:30pm, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Jonathan Eig is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 2:24pm

Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is a journalist and a New York Times best-selling author.

Tracy K. Smith, ALA President's Program Speaker at 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:39am

Author and poet Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, and four books of poetry.

Author, Robert Fieseler is Auditorium Speaker at 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 3:06pm

Robert W. Fieseler is a journalist and essayist who graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing.  When the editor-in-chief of Liveright Publishing approached Fieseler to write a book about the 1973 arson of a gay nightclub, Fieseler enthusiastically welcomed the challenge despite thus far only writing short pieces. “I always had a dream to write a book that mattered, that dealt with civil rights, gay rights, and human rights.

Jose Antonio Vargas Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:14pm

ALA President, Jim Neal welcomes Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, and CEO of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

Call for Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Conversation Starters & Ignite Sessions

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 6:15pm

CHICAGO -- 2018 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are being accepted through March 30th, 2018. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.

Actress, Viola Davis to Close the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:01pm

Viola Davis will close the 2018 Annual Conference as she discusses her children’s book, Corduroy Takes a Bow. Illustrated by Jody Wheeler, Davis celebrates 50 years of America’s favorite teddy bear with a brand new, classically illustrated picture book. Using her own experiences as a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress, Davis writes the story of Corduroy and Lisa's first trip to the theater.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian is Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:53am

World-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, a dynamic historical

2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:53pm

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.

‘Spotlight on Book Clubs’ at Midwinter to highlight book club picks

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:47pm

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.