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Moving Along

September 9, 2013

Each year, ALA Annual Conference hovers like a beautiful and tempting hot air balloon, ready to take us off on an amazing ride, filled with excitement, ideas, and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones. I observed ALA Council sessions this year, met with advertisers, and perused new products in the Exhibit … Continue reading Moving Along


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Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency

July 30, 2013

Technology, as always, was on display at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Consistent with the strong attendance figures, activity in the exhibit hall seemed especially brisk this year. As the largest exhibition of library-oriented technology and content products worldwide, ALA Annual offers librarians a unique opportunity to review the latest offerings from nearly every … Continue reading Enabling Access, Engagement, and Efficiency


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Chicago: 2013 Annual Conference Preview

June 4, 2013

ALA welcomes our colleagues, vendors, and other attendees to Chicago for the Association’s 137th Annual Conference June 27 to July 2. From the first year Chicago played host—in 1893, during the World’s Columbian Exposition—to now, 120 years later, we remain as committed as ever to the profession. The conference theme, “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves,” plays out … Continue reading Chicago: 2013 Annual Conference Preview


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Tastes of Chicago

June 4, 2013

We Chicagoans love our food. In a town best known for its deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches, we also take pride in our city’s more recent culinary accomplishments, which have helped transform Chicago into a dining destination for foodies worldwide. And while there’s no dearth of restaurant guides to help you maneuver … Continue reading Tastes of Chicago


A Conversation with Alice Walker

May 8, 2013

Alice Walker is a remarkably prolific and versatile writer of conscience. She will always be remembered for her indelible and life-changing masterpiece, The Color Purple, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, becoming the first African American to do so. Walker has written six other groundbreaking novels as well as thought-provoking books for children and … Continue reading A Conversation with Alice Walker