American Libraries Magazine

Adi Redzic, cofounder and executive director of iOme.
Adi Redzic, cofounder and executive director of the financial-literacy organization iOme [I owe me],  provided an engaging example of the power of storytelling at “Financial Literacy: Why Students Need Librarians to Get Involved” on Saturday at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia,.
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
Primates being observed at the Philadelphia Zoo
On Sunday night, I had the grand experience of joining New York Times–bestselling author Nancy Tillman at a book signing for her new children's book titled Let There Be Light, coauthored with Nobel Peace Prize–winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Baby symbols
More than a dozen academic librarians—and one 13-month-old—met late Sunday afternoon at the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia for a session titled “ACRL Balancing Baby and Book Discussion Group.”
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Amy Koester opens the 2014 Midwinter session of Guerrilla Storytime. Photo by Angie Manfredi
On Sunday the Uncommons were rocking with the sound of some 40 children's librarians singing the classic children's rhyme “Open, Shut Them” together as one as they opened the first-ever Midwinter session of “Guerrilla Storytime.”
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 1
2014 ALA Midwinter Top 10 Tweets
It’s mid-Midwinter and the level of excitement is only getting higher.   Obligatory swag appreciation tweet:
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Family Feud scoreboard. Screenshot from Game Show Network
The Association of American Publishers’ Library Committee Chair Chris Vaccari hosted a Family Feud battle (based on the TV show) between Philadelphia librarians and authors at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday afternoon.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
David Baldacci, holding the January/February 2014 issue of American Libraries. Photo by Mariam Pera
“What is he doing up there, writing a book?” A paratrooper on the ground said these words as David Baldacci, bestselling author of Absolute Power and King and Maxwell, stood atop a four-story tower at the US Army base at Fort Benning, Georgia, considering a jump.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Cover of Comic-Con: The Business of Pop Culture by panelist Rob Salkowitz
Comic book production, presentation, and distribution are evolving. Digital comics are on the rise, and the comic book industry is struggling to adapt its traditional print models to the new form. This struggle impacts libraries and their patrons as much as it does the average comic consumer.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Hydration pack manufactured by CamelBak. Photo by Toytoy, used CC BY-SA 3.0
Tyler Dzuba, physics-optics-astronomy librarian at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) River Campus Libraries, moderated a panel of speakers who shared advice for new librarians on how to pick your battles, how to identify opportunities for change, and when to accept things as they are.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
LITA Top Technology Trends
Openness was a key theme at the “Top Technology Trends” session Sunday morning at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0