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  • ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses: Stevens on E-participation

    March 12, 2009

    ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Tom Peters’s question on how ALA can enable participation without travel. More ALA videos at Question:Tom Peters: Hi, ALA presidential candidates. Tom Peters here, coming to you from the eastern slope of Monkey Mountain, Missouri, nestled between Oak Grove and Grain Valley its really just a hill, … Continue reading ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses: Stevens on E-participation

  • Playing Games in Nebraska

    March 6, 2009

    People have been commenting about the ironic juxtaposition of the two top stories in this week's edition of American Libraries Direct: #1 Nebraska Auditor Cries Foul on Gaming: A 10-minute YouTube video posted by the Nebraska Library Commission  to announce the purchase of Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution resulted—roughly a year later—in an audit … Continue reading Playing Games in Nebraska

  • Ann Brashares interview

    March 4, 2009

    Booklist sat down with author Ann Brashares to talk about her new book “3 Willows” and how it compares to her bestselling “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series. Brashares opens up about the chances of the new book expanding into a series, how hard it is to let go of beloved characters, and how she … Continue reading Ann Brashares interview

  • LJ Index: Too Much Too Late

    March 3, 2009

    Back in January 1999, American Libraries published the first installment of Tom Hennen's HAPLR Index, ranking America's public libraries using statistics collected by the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS). We made the decision to publish Hennen's study based on our assessment of his research and the conclusion that the rankings would be useful to the libraries that … Continue reading LJ Index: Too Much Too Late

  • Freedom to Read Foundation Midwinter Author Event Featuring Lauren Myracle

    February 18, 2009

    Author Lauren Myracle was the featured speaker at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Midwinter Author Event, held January 25 at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

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  • 2009 Midwinter Meeting Overview

    February 17, 2009

    From Denver comes coverage of ALA’s 2009 Midwinter Meeting. Included are the announcement of this year’s Newbery Medal-winning book, sights from the exhibit hall, the annual “View from the Top” discussion panel, conversations with former ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano and former Colorado State Senator Ken Gordon, and ALA Immediate Past President Loriene Roy discussing the … Continue reading 2009 Midwinter Meeting Overview

  • ALA Youth Media Award Winner Notifications

    February 11, 2009

    Before the Newbery, Caldecott, King, and ALA’s other prestigious youth media awards were announced at the Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the selection committees crowded into tiny private rooms to call the honorees. This year, AL Focus was invited to capture some of those happy calls and reactions. More ALA videos available at

  • President Obama Says It Again

    February 10, 2009

    You probably heard it for yourself, but last night President Barack Obama did it again. He said "libraries." At his first prime-time press conference since taking office, he addressed a nervous nation about unemployment, emphasizing that "the single most important part of this Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is the fact that it will save … Continue reading President Obama Says It Again

  • Midwinter 2009: Steve Vander Ark Interview

    February 9, 2009

    AL Focus caught up with Steve Vander Ark, author of The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials, and co-author Lisa Bunker, in the exhibit hall at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting. More ALA videos available at

  • An Angel with $50 for 50 Libraries

    February 6, 2009

    Got a fax yesterday from Ken Miller, director of the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Sainte Marie, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near the Soo Locks. Ken and I were pages together a long time ago at the Detroit Public Library. "We received the attached letter with a $50 check," Ken said. "I thought you … Continue reading An Angel with $50 for 50 Libraries

  • Midwinter 2009: Vance on Advocacy

    February 6, 2009

    Stephanie Vance of discusses the three points ALA members need to keep in mind when advocating for libraries with the new presidential administration. Vance talked with AL Focus after speaking at the Washington Office Update at ALA’s 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. More ALA videos available at

  • ALA Council: Who, What, Why, and How

    February 6, 2009

    Members of ALA Council discuss what Council actually does and why you should consider getting involved. More ALA videos at