Christopher M. Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), longtime member of the Media Coalition, and member and chair of the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship, is the recipient of the 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)
This year, the Membership Meeting is focusing on libraries and the communities they serve and support. Two speakers from the New Orleans area will talk about post-Katrina rebuilding of their respective libraries and the impact these libraries had on their communities.
During Thursday night’s reception recognizing ALA’s Library Champions, Major Donors, and Legacy Society members, ALA President Roberta Stevens acknowledged the contributions of John Ison and Thomas Phelps to the library community in honor of their retirements.
There are an insane number of sessions and events I’m looking forward to during the ALA Annual Conference this year. As a “governance junkie,” most of the events I have to attend are associated with my service on ALA Council and the LITA Board. Here’s a flavor of what Annual Conference looks like for me:
When planning my ALA Conference schedule, there are many things I look for. Of course, most of my time is spent in either Council (I’m a councilor-at-large) or committee meetings, but I try to find some time to attend sessions that are either directly or, at least tangentially, related to my job.
Well, the Top Ten—and a few more! Two camps quickly sprung up this first “pre-day” of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference, hashtag vs. hashtag on the Field of Twitter: #ala11 vs. #alaleftbehind (And… #Nerdfest?!)
To read on the plane - the preshow issue of Cognotes, including a roundup of exhibitors, previews of great speakers and special events, and your guide to using the scheduler. Be sure to pick up a fresh issue of Cognotes in the convention center each morning or check back here for the online version.
As we ramp up in New Orleans for Annual Conference, thousands of librarians and library workers, library supporters, vendors, and members of the press are gathering for the largest convention and trade show for libraries - anywhere. We’re going to be sharing scenes, stories and analysis from ALA staff, members, and the community throughout the weekend.