The library at the American University of Afghanistan.

Serving Abroad

June 30, 2015

Rebecca Miller, library director at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, and Leila Gibradze, an instructor librarian at Florida State University who hails from Georgia, shared their experiences living and working outside of the United States, detailing the issues, challenges, and needs affecting librarians and libraries, as well as everyday people, in Afghanistan and … Continue reading Serving Abroad


Sari Feldman at the ALA Inaugural Brunch

New Public Awareness Campaign Announced

June 30, 2015

President Feldman thanked Past President Young, and presented her with a Tiffany bracelet on behalf of the Association as the audience gave Young a standing ovation. Libraries Transform, a new public awareness campaign to elevate the ways libraries support individual opportunity and community progress, was the focus of new ALA President Sari Feldman’s speech at … Continue reading New Public Awareness Campaign Announced


Image from Bookless at Madison Public Library in 2012

Becoming a Part of Art

June 30, 2015

Presenters Erinn Batykefer, program coordinator at New Canaan (Conn.) Library, Kara West, library arts and culture exhibition manager at San Diego Public Library, and Rebecca Hopman, outreach librarian at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass cited Madison (Wis.) Public Library’s 2012 Bookless art event, in which the library invited more than 100 artists to create … Continue reading Becoming a Part of Art



Make-HER session attendees

From Maker to Make-HER: STEM Exploration for Girls

June 29, 2015

Nancy Andrus, youth services librarian at Sunnyvale, found a way to reverse this trend: #LadyMakers. She described her experiences in a Sunday Conversation Starter session. Andrus recruited five ladymakers to help lead the library’s Make-HER program from nearby museum and education programs and told them that it was as much about them as individuals as … Continue reading From Maker to Make-HER: STEM Exploration for Girls



Mike Jung, Alma Flor Ada, Joy Triche, and CM! Winters-Palacio

Diverse Books Need Us

June 29, 2015

At Monday’s “Diverse Books Need Us” program, four panelists—an author, a small publisher, a librarian, and a nonprofit advocate—talked about this topic and ways in which librarians can support the call for more diverse books. Joy Triche, founder of Tiger Stripe Publishing, started the company because she “felt the absence of diverse books for many … Continue reading Diverse Books Need Us


Patrick Farley's Game of Thrones entry for Maureen Johnson's Coverflip challenge

Fart Jokes and Feelings

June 29, 2015

Panelist Hannah Gomez, a librarian at an all-girl school, has found that there’s a tiny stack of “authorized” books about boys that her students are willing to read. “If it’s about a boy and not by John Green, they’re not interested.” With young adult books, girl books are expected to have romance, boy books have action … Continue reading Fart Jokes and Feelings




Tess Mayer, Daniel Tilton, Mark Andersen, Diana Plunkett

By the Numbers

June 29, 2015

In the library world, data drives almost everything we do. It is at the core of cataloging, it’s essential to collection development, and it is the demographics that we collect and analyze in order to learn more about our patrons and our communities. But while many librarians are expert data gatherers, it can be a … Continue reading By the Numbers