American Libraries Magazine

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
Former ALA President Barbara Ford gets fitted with Google Glass. Photo by Paul Signorelli
Anyone standing outside on the second day of the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting here in Philadelphia was dusted with snow, but the scene inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center was sizzling.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
American Library Association logo
ALA Council I session whipped through its agenda in barely an hour this morning, approving the 2013 Annual Conference Council Minutes, passing a resolution to improve electronic communications for ALA Council, and postponing action on two resolutions to tomorrow’s Council II session.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Left to right: Chris Prom, Cara Bertram, and Denise Rayman
Even the world’s largest library association needs its own archive. And since 1973, ALA has partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its institutional records preserved and managed by the university’s library.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
2014 ALA Midwinter Top 10 Tweets
It’s the second day of Midwinter and the biblio-twitterverse is still bustling with excitement. Attendees are still acclimating to all the swag, advanced reader copies, poor weather conditions, and of course, awesome people and events.   Not much love for the snow:
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
One of the true highlights of the conference has been the LITA Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship session. This panel took a look at discrimination towards women in the library technology field.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Enthusiastc members of the New Members Round Table
After I got my MLS in December 2013 (go Eagles!), I knew that I wanted to get actively involved in the profession. I volunteered for a couple of things, acting as an information literacy mentor at a local university, and an assistant editor for
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0