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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. 

Spend an afternoon with Jordan Sonnenblick during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:11pm

CHICAGO – Jordan Sonnenblick will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Sonnenblick, along with Sarah Dessen and Christian Robinson, will discuss his work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

Jonathan Safran Foer among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:06pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Jonathan Safran Foer will join Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson, A.J. Finn, and Celeste Ng 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.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards during the program.

Spend an afternoon with Sarah Dessen during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 1:49pm

CHICAGO – Sarah Dessen will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Dessen, along with Christian Robinson and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss her work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

Spend an afternoon with Christian Robinson during AASL National Conference

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 1:48pm

CHICAGO – Christian Robinson will appear as one of three featured speakers during “Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. Robinson, along with Sarah Dessen and Jordan Sonnenblick, will discuss his work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

AASL President’s Program addresses “what an administrator wants”

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:07pm

CHICAGO – Scott Beck, head principal at Norman (Okla.) High School, will conclude the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Awards Ceremony & President’s Program taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, as part of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Join EMIERT to explore Chicago’s historic Chinatown during ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:06pm

CHICAGO - Join the American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) as it explores Chicago’s iconic Chinatown as part of EMIERT’s ongoing Taste of the Town series of tours. The tour will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23 during the ALA's Annual Conference in Chicago (June 22-27).

Established in the early 1910s in Chicago’s near southwest side, Chinatown’s over thirty restaurants, many shops, and distinctive architecture has made this vibrant neighborhood one of the city’s favorite tourist attractions.

Scottoline and Serritella to appear at ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:56pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella will be featured in the lineup of United for Libraries’ “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Ingram Content Group, featuring headlining standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

United for Libraries to host President’s Program with Andy Weir at ALA Annual Conference

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:54pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries President Susan Schmidt will host the President’s Program featuring bestselling author Andy Weir, part of the Auditorium Speaker Series, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Mark Miller named ALA Trustee Citation recipient

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:16pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – The American Library Association and United for Libraries has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudon County (Va.) Library Board of Trustees, a recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. 

Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:21pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.

Attendee insights sought at Annual Conference town hall dialogue on competencies, careers, and successful practice for the future

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:27pm

"Library and Information Experts Succeeding in the 21st Century: A Town Hall Dialogue on Competencies, Careers, and Successful Practice" at the Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 24, 1:00-2:30pm will offer a critical conversation on the future of library professionals as experts and the skills needed for career success.

Ron Chernow, Keynote Presenter at ALA Awards Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:42am

One of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in the U.S. today, 2015 National Humanities Medal recipient and bestselling author Ron Chernow has been praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities for “bringing our Nation’s story to life. Through his examination of America’s successful giants and titans, Chernow invites his readers to discover their failures and foibles, uncovering enduring lessons that inform our modern era.” The session will take place on Sunday, June 25, 3:30-4:30pm, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

Critically acclaimed author Jason Reynolds to speak at AASL national conference

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:53pm

CHICAGO – Award-winning and “crazy about stories” author Jason Reynolds will present the Saturday general session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, in Phoenix, Ariz. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

SRRT, SustainRT, AILA, APALA welcome Bill McKibben to ALA Annual Conference

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:09pm

CHICAGO – Acclaimed environmentalist, activist and author Bill McKibben will be speaking at the American Library Association (ALA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 in an event co-sponsored by ALA’s Social Responsibilities (SRRT) and Sustainability (SustainRT) Round Tables, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA). The title of Mr. McKibben’s talk will be “Imagining a World That Works – In Time to Prevent a World that Doesn’t.”

Global education evangelist Jaime Casap to present AASL national conference opening keynote

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 4:05pm

CHICAGO – Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., will keynote the opening general session of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. 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.

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