Need help from a real person during Annual Conference? Ambassadors are standing by each day of conference. You can visit the Ambassador desk in Regsitration at the Convention Center, the desk in the Membership Pavilion, booth 2525 in the exhibits, or by text message between 9a - and 5p (EDT) during conference.
To text, send the word ‘ala’ followed by your question to 66746. You’ll get a reply within 20 minutes (or 1st thing the next morning if sent overnight). Feel free to ask. Ambassadors are standing by to help.
The “What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking Pavilion will showcase a variety of chefs and authors. Chefs will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of he latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there every day to prepare the hottest recipes on the Demonstration Stage and to autograph their latest books. The Cooking Pavilion is located in the Exhibit Hall at the back of aisle 1300.
ALA has been working closely with the National Library of Haiti and other librarians to identify rebuilding and expansion projects in the wake of the January 2010 eathquake. You can make a personal impact on efforts to bring libraries to the people of Haiti by donating $10.00 through to ALA Haiti Library Relief Fund by text message.
It takes two minutes for you to donate $10 to help rebuild libraries in Haiti.
To donate simply text “alahaiti” to 20222, and a $10 one-time tax-deductible donation will be added to your mobile phone bill.
Ten public and community libraries were destroyed, and many others damaged. Major academic and research libraries/archives housing the cultural patrimony of Haiti also collapsed, or suffered major structural damage.
Funds raised by ALA will be used to rebuild three libraries in Haiti destroyed during the earthquake in January. They are the Petit Goave Public Library, the Centre Culturel Pyepoudre Community Library, and the Bibliothèque haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit which was founded in 1873 and holds resources documenting the history of Haiti, French colonization, slavery and emancipation.
Thanks to a generous donation from Sirsi/Dynix and hundreds of library supporters, $18,000 has been raised so far, but much more is needed.
ALA is pleased to announce that our Haitian colleagues will be attending the ALA Annual Conference, including leaders of the three libraries ALA is adopting: Françoise Beaulieu-Thybulle, Director-General of the Bibliotheque Nationale D’haiti; Library Patrick Tardieu, Head Archivist, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit; and Elizabeth Pierre-Louise of the Fondation Connaissance Et Liberte (FOKAL).
Coming to DC for ALA Annual 2010 but don’t know what to expect? Take a minute and a half to view highlights from last year’s record breaking conference. While some of the names will change, we promise even more interesting and exciting speakers, professional development, networking opportunities and social times.
The sixth annual Library Book Cart Drill Team Championship, showcasing library workers performing themed dance routines with costumes and creatively decorated book carts, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27.
If you have confirmed a hotel assignment for Annual Conference and find that you are unable to attend, please be sure to notify the ALA Travel Desk at 1-800-974-3084 or the hotel holding your reservation. If you don’t, the room will be left vacant - when it could be used by others - and you will loose your deposit.
Reports from the Committee on Legislation, Committee on Organization, Freedom to Read Foundation, International Relations Committee, the Policy Monitoring Committee and the Intellectual Freedom Committee as presented to Council during the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Visit the ALA Governance Office for more information and a complete set of Documents and Actions by Council beginning the 1st week of February at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/governance/index.cfm.