The Scoop

  • WiFi at Annual Conference

    May 20, 2009

    ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels made two announcements to staff this morning regarding the availability of WiFi during the ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago, July 9-15. First the good news: Free WiFi will be available in meeting rooms throughout the convention center, and funds have been made available to prototype a recommendation of the … Continue reading WiFi at Annual Conference

  • Chicago Dining Guide

    May 18, 2009

    Just a quick note to alert Annual Conference attendees that American Libraries' Annual Conference Dining Guide is now on our website (and on the Conference Wiki). This year's edition (also coming in print in the June/July issue) is written by Rob Christopher, an administrative assistant for ALA Publishing and a restaurant reviewer for the Chicago … Continue reading Chicago Dining Guide

  • Learn from Lexington: Document Expense Records Scrupulously

    May 10, 2009

    A very angry Lexington (Ky.) Public Library Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Imhoff called ALA Friday, May 1, upset that American Libraries Direct two days before had carried a link to an article in the Herald-Leader newspaper that characterized charges to her library credit card over the past five years as, at the very least, lousy … Continue reading Learn from Lexington: Document Expense Records Scrupulously

  • Lauren Myracle interview

    May 6, 2009

    Lauren Myracle, the oft-challenged author of such books as ttyl, Bliss, and the new Peace, Love & Baby Ducks, sits down with Booklist to discuss why libraries “rule the world,” how she handles angry emails from parents, and the Stephen King influences behind Bliss. Myracle also touches on how her early experiences as a middle … Continue reading Lauren Myracle interview

  • We Read Everything

    May 5, 2009

    For over 100 years, Booklist magazine has been reading everything–so you don’t have to. But how do we read that many books? For the first time ever, the intrepid editors at Booklist provide a glimpse into the their top-secret methods. Prepare to be shocked and amazed.

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  • 2009 Chicago Annual Conference Promo

    May 4, 2009

    Produced by ALA Conference Services, this video features plenty of your colleagues discussing the value of Annual Conference–and the benefits to holding it in Chicago. Annual Conference this year is July 9 to 15. More ALA videos at

  • Roberta Stevens Is President-Elect

    May 1, 2009

    It's official, Roberta Stevens of the Library of Congress is ALA's new president-elect. With 6,786 or 55.7% of the votes cast, she was selected over Kenton L. Oliver who garnered 5,416 or 44.3% of the votes cast. As soon as the divisions have notified their candidates, all of the ALA Council election results will be … Continue reading Roberta Stevens Is President-Elect

  • Read This Now

    April 28, 2009

    ALA’s book and media awards represent some of the best works of the year. In this video, the chairs of many of the committees charged with choosing the award winners discuss the winning books and why they were selected. For more information, see the accompanying “Read This Now” article in the May 2009 issue of … Continue reading Read This Now

  • Avi interview

    April 23, 2009

    Legendary author Avi speaks to Booklist about Poppy and Ereth – his newest and most autobiographical book – as well as how he ended up with his famous name, how his lack of a distinctive style helps him as a writer, his thoughts on how the Newbery Award could improve, and which of his books … Continue reading Avi interview

  • Judy Krug Memorial

    April 21, 2009

    A memorial video to intellectual freedom legend Judith Krug, the long-time director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Freedom to Read Foundation, featuring messages from colleagues, interviews featuring Judy, and photos of Judy from throughout her career. More ALA videos available at

  • A Tribute to Judith Krug

    April 21, 2009

    ALA staff will gather tomorrow morning for a special memorial to Judith Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, who died April 11. The tribute below will appear in the May issue of American Libraries. Judith Krug believed that no one has the right to tell other people what they can or cannot read. When … Continue reading A Tribute to Judith Krug

  • The Passing of Judith Krug

    April 13, 2009

       ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels notified the staff this morning of very sad news to start the week: Judith Krug, executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation and director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom for more than 40 years, passed away on Saturday morning. In cooperation with OIF and ALA's Public Information Office, … Continue reading The Passing of Judith Krug