I’m a governance nerd. If I’m going to belong to something, I have to understand how it ticks. How effective is it? Does it actually wield power? Is it relevant to me as a new professional? That is why I have made a concerted effort to attend the sessions of ALA Council and ALA Executive Board, the two bodies that govern ALA.
Russell Shank, 86, professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1977–1988 university librarian at UCLA, and a renowned leader who made his mark in academic, special, and public librarianship as well as in intellectual freedom and international librarianship, died June 26 of complications from a fall.
Day 3, and I am already feeling the conference burn. My schedule is a mess of conflicting-but-equally-intriguing sessions and after-parties. I have started to use a dice-rolling app in my phone to figure out which session to attend.
ALA celebrated a first tonight in Anaheim when Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman were named the respective winners of the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
The successful ALA conference experience is one in which conference-goers, through their unique pattern of attendance—at panels, discussions, cocktail hours, breakfasts, parties, meet-ups, tweet-ups, walk-offs, and ice cream socials—are able, by the time they are nestled comfortably in the aisle seats of their return flights, to reflect on a process that has left them in more rarifi
I’m certain all of us covering the conference were at the ALA Emerging Leaders poster session, and at the risk of covering the same thing that others might be, I do want to take the perspective of a former Emerging Leader looking at the session as a mentor for one of this year’s teams.
During Midwinter, I was interested in starting an Interest Group (IG) through LITA for instructional technologies since I am an instructional services librarian (University of Arizona). The process was fairly easy: finding a cochair (Erica Findley), getting 10 signatures, and then submitting these to the LITA Board.
The Freedom to Read Foundation invites all ALA Annual Conference attendees to an exclusive advanced screening of the much anticipated movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on the critically acclaimed banned/challenged novel.
On the first day of the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, ALA President Molly Raphael is welcoming a June 20 announcement by Penguin that the publisher is instituting a pilot program with New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library to sell its front-list titles to t