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American Indian Youth Literature Awards

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards (AIYLA) ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon. The awards are presented every two years to authors whose works “identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians,” and present American Indians “in the fullness of their humanity” both past and present. 

Literary Speed Dating

While libraries are so much more than the physical books on our shelves, those books play a critical role in the services we provide to patrons. Which is why, for many of us, half the fun of ALA Annual Conference is hearing about what is new and upcoming from our favorite authors.

With a plethora of exciting titles on the horizon, a quick and fun way to get the word out is through literary speed dating—the first of its kind at Annual Conference. I had the opportunity to attend two of these whirlwind events, and they were quite the experience.

LITA President’s Program Presents the Girl Scouts of Technology

I am not a tech head. Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet, my smartphone, and gifs, but I know very little about the computer science behind the technology I use. Yet the increasing power of technology and the role it plays in our daily lives cannot be understated. Computer science is currently the fastest-growing, highest-paying profession in our economy, but the United States can only fill 30% of the available jobs. With such a rich and open field, one might assume that men and women would be flocking to this career path equally. However that is not the case.

Council I Expresses Support for Air Force Libraries

On Saturday, ALA Council met for its first session, with ALA President Barbara Stripling presiding. Among its actions, Council passed a Resolution in Support of Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD#43).

Gaming in Libraries

The Game Making Interest Group’s meeting this year centered around the recently published book Gaming in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct (McFarland, 2014), which was edited by the group’s chair, Breanne Kirsch. The Sunday discussion, sponsored by LITA, was filled with short lightning presentations from those who contributed to the book, giving attendees an opportunity to directly engage authors with questions about their work.

Discussing Virtual Reference

If you are thinking about or are in the early stages of building a virtual reference service for your library, the virtual reference discussion group is a great place to start. 

I had the opportunity to meet with this part of RUSA (known as MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of RUSA) today at the Paris Hotel, and the discussion topics were about developing a Virtual Reference Companion (VRC) and how attendees could help expand the VRC’s knowledge base.

Connected Learning and Libraries: Three Case Studies

Libraries are at the center of a new education methodology: connected learning. Kylie Peppler, assistant professor of learning sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, presented the program “Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media, New Technologies, and Informal Learning.” The session, part of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ President’s Program, highlighted the pivotal role that libraries play in helping young people recognize and pursue interests in a way that helps them develop real-world skills.

Top Ten (x2) Tweets – Saturday (Day 2) #alaac14

It just keeps getting better! Day 2 of Annual was packed with great author meetings, awards, and the ALA Left Behind, who are just as entertaining to have pop up on your streams!

Authors, authors everywhere!

 

 

 

 

Our Work in Washington

Advocacy and lobbying in the nation’s capital on behalf of libraries and the library profession was the focus of “Washington Update–2014 Congressional Election and Its Impact on Libraries,” an event held Saturday morning at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. Strides in the right direction are being made, but the work is far from over.

A Word from the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medalists

 
 
Doris Kearns Goodwin praises grassroots activism:
 
 
 
Donna Tartt shares how New York Public Library staff helped her research The Goldfinch. Click here (MP4 file) to see the interview with Tartt. 

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