The pace of the 30-minute Ignite Sessions is fast, and the ideas flow even faster. It’s a lot of information to digest in a short amount of time, but it creates great energy.

Marketing on Fire

February 2, 2015

Librarians flew through low- to no-cost marketing solutions in the Monday Ignite Session, Marketing On-the-Cheap for Small Libraries. The 30-minute Ignite Sessions consist of 5-minute presentations accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. The pace is fast, and the ideas flow even faster. It’s a lot of information to digest in a … Continue reading Marketing on Fire

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Library Leaders Talk Tech

February 2, 2015

Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant and editor of Library Technology Guides and the Smart Libraries Newsletter, Carli Spina, emerging technologies and research librarian at the Harvard Law School Library, Willie Miller, librarian for informatics and journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Casey McCoy, program coordinator at Lincolnwood (Ill.) Public Library District, and Todd Carpenter, director … Continue reading Library Leaders Talk Tech

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The ALA Archives

February 2, 2015

The ALA Archives is the Association’s official repository, housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1973. The archives maintains official records, correspondence, personal papers, ephemera, and other materials that document ALA and the history of librarianship, from the first U.S. library conference in 1853 to the 2015 Midwinter Meeting. On Monday afternoon, two … Continue reading The ALA Archives

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ALA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

February 2, 2015

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table held the 15th annual holiday observance and sunrise celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary in New … Continue reading ALA Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dark Fantasy and Sci-Fi Pop

February 2, 2015

Dark fantasy and science fiction and their intricacies, conventions, and differences were front and center during a panel discussion on the Exhibit Hall’s PopTop stage on Saturday during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago. Authors Auden D. Johnson, Fonda Lee, Ken Liu, and Sabaa Tahir kicked off the panel with outlines of … Continue reading Dark Fantasy and Sci-Fi Pop

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ALA Council holds second session at Midwinter

February 2, 2015

ALA Council’s second session at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting adjourned early, moving one new business resolution item to its next meeting, withdrawing one, and referring another to committee for further discussion. Council passed a motion to revise standards for accreditation for LIS master’s programs (CD #10). Councilors also passed three action items put forth by … Continue reading ALA Council holds second session at Midwinter

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2015 Youth Media Award Winners

February 2, 2015

The American Library Association on February 2 announced the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. A list of all the 2015 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: The Crossover, … Continue reading 2015 Youth Media Award Winners

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Creating a Dialogue

February 2, 2015

Human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali headlined the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture on Saturday during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago. The Somali-born bestselling author began with a reading from her book, Infidel, which described her reaction to the September 11 attacks while she was working at the Dutch Parliament. She writes … Continue reading Creating a Dialogue

The Caldecott committee notifies Dan Santat of his 2015 award.

Behind the Scenes at 2015 YMAs

February 2, 2015

Watch as Kwame Alexander (Newbery Medal—The Crossover), Dan Santat (Caldecott Medal—The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend), Jacqueline Woodson (Coretta Scott King Award—Author—Brown Girl Dreaming), and Christopher Myers (Coretta Scott King Award—Illustrator—Firebird) learn that their work has been selected for recognition in the 2015 Youth Media Awards.