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Turning Outward

The first of four Annual Conference programs presented by the ALA Public Programs Office, “Turning Outward to Lead Change in Your Community: Aspirations,” introduced attendees to the concepts of the Harwood Institute and the ALA initiative—libraries transforming communities (LTC).

Facilitated by Cheryl Gorman, vice president of national programs at Harwood, the program explained that the idea of “turning outward” is not just a set of tools; according to Gorman, “It’s a mindset that helps you learn to do the good work you already do [but] better.”

Flicking the Switch: Printz Authors Speak

After 40 years of the Booklist Books for Youth Forum, it was time for a transition. On Friday, June 27, Booklist and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) partnered to present the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception.

Goldfinch, Bully Pulpit, win Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt received the medal for fiction, and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin received the medal for nonfiction.

The Weight of Student Debt

Michelle Singletary, financial columnist for the Washington Post, had the audience at ACRL’s President Program singing and swaying to Bill Withers’s “Lean on Me” as she talked about how librarians can lean on experts to assist in offering financial literacy programs for college students.

Outgoing ACRL President Trevor Dawes, who introduced the program, has focused his presidential initiative on the issue of financial literacy.

Resetting the Possibilities

On Friday afternoon, ALA President Barbara Stripling kicked off the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Opening General Session, where she recapped many of the big events from her presidential year.

Libraries as Publishers

“Everyone’s an author, everyone wants you to buy their book, everyone wants you to put their book in your collection,” said moderator Melissa Rice, head of adult services at Frankfort (Ill.) Public Library District, at “The New Library Imprint: Libraries and Self-Publishing” program at ALA Annual Conference Saturday morning.

With 391,000 self-published titles launched in 2012 alone, it is an exploding scene that libraries may want to be a part of.

A Conversation about the Future

On Saturday morning, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling convened a panel to stimulate thinking about the future and the place libraries will have in it. The conversation was a follow-up to the national Summit on the Future of Libraries held May 2­–3 at the Library of Congress. Stripling said that “Each one of us will have a different future library. We have the power to envision our future communities and make a difference right now.”

3D Printing and Libraries

3D printers may be the coolest new tech for libraries, but the complicated relationship between interactive content and libraries means that ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) need to set policy.

In “3D Printers and Library Policies,” presented by United for Libraries on June 28, Barbara Jones, Corinne Hill, and Charlie Wapner spoke about the present uncertainty over how to manage legal issues related to 3D printers and how to develop best practices for future use.

Stan Lee and the Librarians

My spidey senses were tingling but why? Stan Lee was in the house (although I and hundreds of others wound up in the overflow room).

At 91, Stan Lee is an energetic and engaging speaker. The overarching message of his talk at the Auditorium Speaker Series was that libraries, librarians, and comic books are all inspirations for children to learn to read. “I respect you librarians so much,” he said. “What you do is so important.”

Reforma President’s Program on Climate Change

Isabel Espinal, president of Reforma: the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and Omar Poler, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, copresented the Reforma President’s Program, “Library Power to the People: Facing Up to the Climate Crisis with Information and Action.” The program was cosponsored by the American Indian Library Association and the newly formed ALA Sustainability Round Table.

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