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


Updated Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 14:52

If you are thinking about or are in the early stages of building a virtual reference service for your library, implementing a Virtual Reference Companion (VRC) Resource is a great place to start.

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. 

Examining Our Values

The Reference and User Services Association’s President’s Program on Saturday afternoon offered a wide-ranging look at how academic and public libraries developed their traditional service values.

How to Handle Controversial Programming

On Saturday, ALA's Public Programs Office and Office for Intellectual Freedom presented “Managing Challenges, Maximizing Impact: Policies and Practices for Controversial Programming.” Using the “Muslim Journeys” program as an example, Lesley Williams, head of adult services at Evanston (Ill.) Public Library, and Martin Garnar, reference services librarian and professor at Regis University in Denver, presented on managing controversial programming.

ALA First-Timer: Going to the Movies

Coming from a small town with just one movie theater (showing only commercially predictable films), I was especially excited to check out the “Now Showing @ ALA” series.

ALA First-Timer: TEDx Program Empowers

If you present information in a visual format, it may be tweeted, shared, and commented on for months to come, as ideas make their way around the world. 

That’s where a 20-minute TED (technology, entertainment, design) talk has the ability to meet the public at just the intersection between attention and a need for visual.

At Friday’s program “TEDx: An Independently Hosted Event at Your Library,” speaker Robert Barr, director of Juneau (Alaska) Public Library, demonstrated how he is capitalizing on the civic engagement tools that a TED talk can provide a community.


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