If you’re attending BookExpo America (BEA) in Chicago May 11–13, set aside time to learn more about communicating how libraries transform communities in several sessions sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), and relax at ALA’s Library Café in downtown’s Millennium Park.
At McCormick Place Convention Center, Libraries Transform: ALA@BEA will focus on library transformation and what libraries do for and with people. The discussions on May 12 will showcase the strong role of libraries in the publishing business:
- “Embrace the Innovative Future of Readers’ Advisory” at 9 a.m. tracks the latest trends in readers’ advisory and will focus on the methods for delivering personalized recommendations. Panelists: William Kelly of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, Donna Seaman and Becky Spratford of Booklist, and Polli Kenn of Lawrence (Kans.) Public Library.
- “Nurture Local Writers at Your Library!” at 10 a.m. offers practical advice on how to leverage self-published works to the benefit of communities. Panelists: Laurie Kincer of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library and Veronda Pitchford of Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
- “Publisher Marketing Teams Helping You Help Readers” at 11 a.m. features publishers’ marketing leaders who will provide insights on engaging readers. Moderator: Wendy Bartlett of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. Panelists: Nora Rawlinson of earlyword.com, Virginia Stanley and Amanda Rountree of HarperCollins, and Talia Sherer and Anna Spieth of Macmillan.
Hosted by ALA, the pop-up Library Café will provide free coffee and entertainment on Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at The Plaza at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave.