The Scoop

  • Washington School Libraries Rally

    More than 100 people gathered at the state capitol steps in Olympia, Washington, February 1 to rally for school libraries. The rally, as well as an all-day summit, was the culmination of the work of a group of concerned Spokane mothers troubled at the cuts to school library media programs. This video presents speeches and images from the summit and rally, as well as words from the now-famous mothers themselves. More ALA videos available at

    February 19, 2008
  • Yo, ALA! 2008 Midwinter Wrap-up

    ALA visited Rocky Balboa's hometown of Philadelphia January 11-16 for the Midwinter Meeting, and this knockout video captures much of what made the week so hard-hitting: basketballers, whistleblowers, celebrity authors, catalogers, candidates, cheesesteaks, and more. Yo, ALA: We did it! More ALA videos available at

    February 7, 2008
  • Q & A with Kareem

    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 at

    February 4, 2008
  • YALSA Gaming Extravaganza

    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 to his library on a Friday night. More ALA videos available at

    January 31, 2008
  • Youth Media Awards 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 More ALA videos available at

    January 24, 2008
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  • Dancing with the ALA Stars

    Highlights from the "Dancing with the ALA Stars" contest at the 2007 ALA staff Winter Event.

    January 23, 2008
  • FBI Whistleblower Answers Questions

    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 and his attorney discuss the case, talk about the abuse of National Security Letters following the passage of the Patriot Act, and speak of Abu Ghraib as an example of the U.S. failure to understand Middle Eastern culture.

    January 22, 2008
  • Author Forum – Midwinter 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 available at

    January 15, 2008
  • Booklist Editors Read for Fun 2007

    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

    January 8, 2008
  • Welcome to Anaheim – ALA Annual Conference 2008 Preview

    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 airport options, public transportation and hotel availability, and some adventurous daytrips. We'll see you in Anaheim June 26-July 2, 2008! More ALA videos available at

    November 29, 2007
  • A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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

    November 27, 2007
  • AASL National Conference 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 are introduced to a project called "Sheet Happens." More ALA videos available at

    November 14, 2007