February 4, 2008
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar responds to audience questions at the ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program, January 13, 2008, speaking about his greatest basketball memory, the reason he changed his name, how to get reluctant youth to read, his new book On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, and more. More ALA videos available … Continue reading Q & A with Kareem
January 31, 2008
Librarians at the Young Adult Library Services Association Gaming Extravaganza, held January 11 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, share how they’re developing gaming in their libraries and the importance of creating a “safe place” youth, while librarian/gamer/author Eli Neiburger runs a live tournament and explains the secret of getting 115 boys to come … Continue reading YALSA Gaming Extravaganza
January 24, 2008
In just 60 seconds of images and sound, AL Focus Editor Dan Kraus conveys his impressions of the Youth Media Awards 2008. For a full list of the winners, go to www.ala.org/yma08. More ALA videos available at alfocus.ala.org.
January 23, 2008
Highlights from the “Dancing with the ALA Stars” contest at the 2007 ALA staff Winter Event.
January 22, 2008
Despite a warning from his superiors, FBI Special Agent Bassem Youssef answered questions at a January 12 session of the ALA Midwinter Meeting. In 2002, Youssef blew the whistle to the director of the FBI and Congress that discriminatory practices within the Bureau were undermining the effectiveness of America’s counterterrorism efforts. In this video, Youssef … Continue reading FBI Whistleblower Answers Questions
January 15, 2008
Best-selling historical novelists Mary Doria Russell (Dreamers of the Day) and Geraldine Brooks (People of the Book) talk about “book pusher” librarians, book lust, and where they stand on e-book readers like the new Amazon Kindle at the January 11 Exhibits Round Table Author Forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. More ALA videos … Continue reading Author Forum – Midwinter 2008
January 8, 2008
The 2007 Editors’ Choice issue of Booklist also includes “Reading for Fun,” a roundup of each editor’s favorite personal reading choice of the year. In this video, seven of the editors get personal about unwieldy titles, Russian poetry, way-too-heavy hardbacks, and more. Check out more ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.
November 29, 2007
Thinking about attending ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California? After this rollercoaster ride of a preview (literally), you won’t be able to resist. Several Orange County librarians tell us about the obvious draws (Disneyland, shopping, the beaches) and some attractions you might not know about – including a beautiful library or two. Also covered: your … Continue reading Welcome to Anaheim – ALA Annual Conference 2008 Preview
November 27, 2007
Basketball legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the keynote speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 11-16, and he sits down for a conversation about growing up with libraries, his committment to literacy and learning, and how books help young readers understand both past and present turmoil. More ALA videos at alfocus.ala.org.
November 14, 2007
In this snapshot from the 13th American Association of School Librarians National Conference in Reno, Nevada, keynote speaker Dan Pink talks about his subversive high school librarian, keynote speaker Omar Wasow discusses how school libraries can compete in the age of Google, AASL President Sara Kelly Johns talks about the new AASL standards, and we … Continue reading AASL National Conference 2007
November 6, 2007
The October 2007 fires in southern California burned hundreds of thousands of acres and destroyed thousands of buildings, and libraries were among those threatened. Helen Fried of the Orange County Public Library and Margaret Todd of the County of Los Angeles Public Library spoke to AL Focus on October 26, as the fires were still … Continue reading After the Fire
October 8, 2007
ALA Treasurer Rod Hersberger and Marilyn Hinshaw, Chair of the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), sit down for a chat with Director of Membership Development John Chrastka. Hersberger offers a glimpse of his plans for the Treasurer’s Online Forum and talks about brining ALA financial information to the members in a timely fashion, while … Continue reading Rod Hersberger & Marilyn Hinshaw interview