What It’s Like to Win

June 29, 2015

Anthony Doerr and Bryan Stevenson talk with American Libraries about winning the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Anthony Doerr: Bryan Stevenson:

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Get Published

June 29, 2015

The four panelists, representing authors, editors, and publishers, emphasized the importance of timelines. “Time management and project management is a big deal,” said Brad Eden, dean of library services at Valparaiso (Ind.) University. A timeline for editing a book needs to factor in calls for proposals, giving authors deadlines, and establishing the editor’s own deadline … Continue reading Get Published

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Top Ten Tweets—Sunday (Day 3)

June 29, 2015

It’s day three of conference already? As conference edges closer to its end, reflections on the weekend hit the Twitterverse. The day was packed with award ceremonies and great speeches. We love you, #alaleftbehind! Keep up with Annual news with #alaac15!

Dale McNeill, Tiffany Allen, and Elisa Topper at the "Art of Asking: Salary Negotiation for Library Workers" panel.

How to Ask for More: Tips on Salary Negotiation and Beyond

June 28, 2015

The session featured three other speakers: Dale McNeill, assistant director of public services, San Antonio Public Library; Elisa Topper, director, McCook (Ill.) Public Library; and Tiffany Allen, director of library human resources, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To begin, each panelist offered quick tips for salary and benefits negotiation, and then Geraci directed … Continue reading How to Ask for More: Tips on Salary Negotiation and Beyond

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Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

June 28, 2015

The apps were evaluated on numerous criteria, including innovation, engagement, user-friendliness, cost-effectiveness, minimal (or no) advertising, a clear connection to education, and being geared to the individual learner. Apps were also divided into categories—a book app has different qualities and requirements from a STEM app, for example. The panel acknowledged that the categories may evolve … Continue reading Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

Council I Passes Two Resolutions

June 28, 2015

On Sunday, ALA Council met for its first session, with ALA President Courtney L. Young presiding. President-Elect Sari Feldman, chair of the 2014–2015 Committee on Committees, presented the nominations for the 2015–2016 Council Committee on Committees election (CD #12). The nominees are Edward L. Sanchez, Gladys Smiley Bell, Min Chou, Maria Carpenter, Stephen L. Matthews, … Continue reading Council I Passes Two Resolutions

Alexis Watts demonstrates Robo-Book.

Penguin’s Book Buzz

June 28, 2015

The following is a list of the titles they announced, with release dates, and in some cases, a blurb from the presentation. Adult The Hours Count By Jillian Cantor October 2015 The Gates of Evangeline By Hester Young September 2015 “A supernatural thriller.” Fates and Furies By Lauren Groff September 2015 “A story of a … Continue reading Penguin’s Book Buzz

Sunday's Ignite Session presenters.

Outreach in Five Minutes

June 28, 2015

San Francisco Public Library Teen Librarian Mary Abler’s presentation, “Outreach—Keep It Simple, Stupid,” provided tips for doing effective, active outreach immediately. Abler emphasized the importance of spending just a little bit of time doing outreach activities that we already know will work in our libraries. While serving a two-year residency at Los Angeles Public Library, … Continue reading Outreach in Five Minutes

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Closing the Gap

June 28, 2015

The session, sponsored by the Library Information and Technology Association, offered two examples of public libraries that are experimenting with lending Wi-Fi hotspots to users in high-need communities in an effort to close the broadband adoption gap. Swarthout began the session by explaining how NYPL came to be a lender of Wi-Fi hotspots. He cited … Continue reading Closing the Gap