The Scoop

  • Judy Krug Memorial

    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. Transcript (opens in new window or tab).

    June 12, 2009
  • Kate DiCamillo interview

    Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie, sat down with Booklist's Ilene Cooper to talk about seeing her creations become major motion pictures, the surreal moments that came along with the Despereaux phenomenon, and her latest projects. Also, there's tons of laughing.

    June 12, 2009
  • Avi interview

    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 is the “best.” Hint: It’s a trick question.

    June 12, 2009
  • Read This Now

    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 American Libraries, as well as ALA's main awards page at For more ALA videos, see

    June 12, 2009
  • This Just In – Again

    June 5, 2009
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  • 2009 Chicago Annual Conference Promo

    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.

    June 3, 2009
  • This Just In–Again

    June 2, 2009
  • Banned Books Week: I’d Like To Find *BLEEP*

    A library patron needs some books. Famous, award-winning, acclaimed books. Seems simple enough. And yet...

    June 2, 2009
  • Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium 2008

    The 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, held November 2-4 in Oak Brook, Illinois, demonstrated many of the benefits gaming has for libraries, including improved literacy, improved civic engagement, inclusiveness, and even fundraising. Interviewed are: Lawrence Kutner, Center for Mental Health and Media, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (keynote: "Grand Theft Childhood? Real Data on Violent Video Games and Youth")

    June 2, 2009
  • WiFi at Annual Conference

    May 29, 2009
  • T. A. Barron interview

    T.A. Barron, author of the Lost Years of Merlin books and the in-progress Merlin's Dragon trilogy, speaks to Booklist about the 32 rejection letters that helped convince him to quit his venture capital business and begin writing fantasy epics. (One of his business partners had a different suggestion: therapy.) Barron also gives his thoughts on finishing up the 12-book Merlin cycle and how to make fantasy feel "true."

    May 27, 2009
  • WiFi at Annual Conference

    May 20, 2009