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Inaugural Brunch

Courtney Young gives her Inaugural speech. Photo by Peter HepburnOn Tuesday, ALA got a new president. Courtney Young began her term as 2014–2015 ALA President after being inaugurated at the Closing General Session by now Immediate Past President Barbara K. Stripling. During the Inaugural Brunch, Young thanked Stripling for her mentorship and the chance to develop a friendship she hopes will continue to help move the profession forward.

Getting Out of the Box

On Sunday afternoon, programming librarians shared their ideas for “out-of-the-box” book clubs.

Janie Hermann, public programming librarian at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library (PPL), shared some of the success stories and troubles her library has had. She stressed the importance of getting to know your community and offering variety, because what’s boring to one person may be interesting to another.

ALA First-Timer: Practical Professional Development

Sharon Skinner, national president of the nonprofit Grant Professionals Association (GPA), presented tips for writing a successful grant proposal at a June 29 program at ALA Annual Conference. Skinner’s advice provided skillful guidance for any grant-writing novice. For experienced writers, she offered reminders and tools to get at the heart of any proposal.

Resurrecting The Speaker

In 1977, the American Library Association decided to get into the movie business. Produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC), The Speaker follows the aftermath of a high school group’s decision to invite a controversial scientist (loosely based on William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor and an outspoken eugenicist) to speak on campus. The scientist believes that blacks are genetically inferior to whites.

A Conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz

 

 

In an exclusive video interview with American Libraries, Ilyasah Shabazz discusses her reading tastes. . .


 

 

. . . and her work impacting youth 

 

A Conversation with Philippe Petit

 

Philippe Petit, the subject of the Academy Award–winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire, talks about creativity and how he became a high-wire artist. He says the process of creativity is often chaotic, but the key to success in anything is passion. “There are no recipes of how I do it,” he says. “I love it, that’s how I do it.”

 

 

A Conversation with Lois Lowry

 

 

Acclaimed author Lois Lowry shares childhood memories of her library and her positive outlook on libraries’ future role in the lives of children in an exclusive video interview with American Libraries.

 

She also discusses The Giver.

Tumblr Talk

It’s quite common to see libraries on Facebook and Twitter, but many institutions have gradually been branching out to Tumblr. This social media platform is fast becoming a vibrant online community where libraries and librarians connect with peers and patrons. These “tumblarians” are using the platform to promote collections, perform readers’ advisory, and start conversations about our profession. 

At the June 30 TumblarianTalk conversation starter, six tumblarians shared a bit of background on their respective Tumblrs and gave insight on how they approach content sharing. 

Hey Librarians, Call Me

On Tuesday, comedian, actor, director, and author B. J. Novak offered some entertainment at the Closing Session of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. In addition to having the “honor of addressing an audience of more than 1,000 librarians in Las Vegas,” Novak quipped that it was a “specific sexual fantasy.” He put up a photo of himself and a phone number on the big screen with the caption, “Hey librarians, call me.”

Intellectual Freedom Manual Dominates Council III

ALA Council met for its third and final session at the 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday, July 1.

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