American Libraries Magazine

A scene from the movie: Czech composer Rafael Schächter
Coming from a small town with just one movie theater (showing only commercially predictable films), I was especially excited to check out the “Now Showing @ ALA” series.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Patrons watch a TEDx talk hosted at the Juneau (Alaska) Public Library (Photo: Juneau Public Library)
If you present information in a visual format, it may be tweeted, shared, and commented on for months to come, as ideas make their way around the world. 
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Literary Tastes author panel: Daniel J. Brown (left), Tessa Dare, Christopher Buehlman, and Victoria Schwab. Photo by Lindsey Halsell
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) hosted Sunday morning’s “Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year” program.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Making games
Saturday’s Games and Gaming Round Table’s featured program—“Come Make a Game”—was filled with more than 100 people and hummed with an enthusiasm rarely seen at programs.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Volunteer coordinator Ruth Newell (far left), trustee for the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois, gives the volunteer Ambassadors some tips. Photo by George M. Eberhart
Now in its fourth year, the Ambassador program run by the ALA Membership Development Office was in full force at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and operating out of the ALA Membership Pavilion.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 1
National Security Archive Executive Director Tom Blanton talks to an attendee after the ProQuest luncheon. Photo by George M. Eberhart
As part of its ongoing collaboration with the National Security Archive (NSA), database publisher ProQuest invited NSA Executive Director Tom Blanton to keynote its customer luncheon at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
The speaker's tattoo
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).
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 0
Cover of the 2014 Printz Award winner Midwinterblood
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.
Posted June 29, 2014 | Comments: 1
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
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
Posted June 28, 2014 | Comments: 0
Rising student debt means carrying a heavier debt load in other areas of life, like car loans and credit cards
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.
Posted June 28, 2014 | Comments: 0