Author Archive: Sallyann Price

Mary Minow

Following the Letter of the Library Law

June 23, 2019

Queries addressed topics ranging from privacy issues to unruly teens, from how to respond to police warrants to dealing with people experiencing homelessness. The topic of patron behavior—and attendant issues of penalty policy and compassion—struck a chord, as the session’s format evolved from question-and-answer to open exchange among librarians raising questions and weighing in to … Continue reading Following the Letter of the Library Law


Karen Fisher, Nathan Roston, and Grace Talusan

Expression in Exile

June 23, 2019

Exile is one of several themes Talusan explores in her memoir The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She and Nathan Rostron, editor and marketing director of Restless Books—an imprint dedicated to international authors writing in English—participated in a June 22 panel discussion on the challenges faced by immigrant … Continue reading Expression in Exile


Erica Freudenberger

Coming to America’s Libraries

June 23, 2019

ALA’s Public Programs Office recently completed the New Americans Library Project, a year-long exploration of public library programs and services that support immigrant and refugee populations. Librarians and representatives from community partner organizations involved in the project shared lessons and recommendations in a session on June 22, with a focus on models for effective partnerships. … Continue reading Coming to America’s Libraries


Jason Reynolds speaking at the Opening General Session of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

Jason Reynolds Calls for Architects of Understanding

June 22, 2019

Reynolds’s talk—by turns musical, comical, and richly lyrical—echoed the style and structure of Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (forthcoming in October), drawn from his experience growing up in Washington, D.C. He also touches on lessons from ancient history, renaissance architecture, and his mother’s first family funeral in Jim Crow-era South Carolina, … Continue reading Jason Reynolds Calls for Architects of Understanding