Boba Fett at the Circ Desk

“Welcome to planet Tatooine. That’s what it feels like outside.....”

Top 10 (Not Quite…) Tweets – Monday (Day 4) #alaac14

The odds of having fun were definitely in the favor of all those who attended the Library Games!













Top 10 (Sike!) Tweets – Sunday (Day 3) #alaac14

Even if you weren’t there to witness the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, living vicariously through those in the twitterverse was just as enthralling!




Stars Shake Up the President’s Program

The President’s Program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition began as a calm affair, with this year’s award-winning librarians, authors, and library supporters taking the stage to receive recognition and gather their prizes.

Then Lemony Snicket hit the stage.

A Conversation with Jane McGonigal



Jane McGonigal, alternate-reality game designer, speaks with American Libraries about gaming and the experience of mastery, resilience, and how the human brain processes intense videogames.


Read about her Opening General Session appearance here.



Council II Passes Three Resolutions

ALA Council breezed through its second session on June 30, closing in under an hour and a half.

Retiring councilors were recognized by ALA President Barbara Stripling. The Policy Monitoring Committee’s resolution (Council Document #17.1) passed to improve member access to ALA governing unit information, which requires governing bodies of divisions and round tables to make meeting minutes available with 30 days of their meetings.

Using Sci-Fi to Tinker with Mankind

Science fiction and fantasy are broad genre labels. There are no boundaries to their fantastic natures—they can encompass all variety of settings, times, and narrative structures. As a result, sci-fi and fantasy can be prime petri dishes for experiments on the human condition. How will a human being act when confronted by aliens from other planets, elf and dwarf worlds, benign robots, or the prospect of having superpowers?

Ebook Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

E-Content Quarterly Editor Mirela Roncevic on Sunday served as moderator for a panel of librarians and publishers who discussed “Leading with Ebooks: New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers.” The event was sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook provider that offers a pay-as-you-read model, and it was dedicated to the late Ernie DiMattia, an early adopter of Total BooX and the long-time director of the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, who died on June 26.

Ilyasah Shabazz Discusses the Power of Family and Heritage

“We allow our children to be taught to hate,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, and an auditorium speaker on Sunday at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. When love and positive values are not instilled in a family, she said, “Ultimately, we have failed our obligation to God (if you believe in God), our obligation to our children, and our obligation to ourselves. We must do better.”


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