American Libraries Magazine

Ishmael Beah
“When you’ve been so deeply touched by violence, you don’t glorify it. You’re not fascinated by it in any way,” author Ishmael Beah told a captivated crowd of several hundred on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia.
Posted January 28, 2014 | Comments: 0
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ALA Council wrapped up its business for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting at Council III this morning, announcing the election of three new members—Peter D. Hepburn, Gina L. Persichini, and Gail A. Schlachter—to the ALA Executive Board for three-year terms. Mike L.
Posted January 28, 2014 | Comments: 0
Catalysts for Change slide from Lisa Bunker's Haiku Deck presentation
“We don’t have to be perfect,” Lisa Bunker reminded me over lunch on Monday. “We just have to show up.”
Posted January 28, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Despite concluding earlier than scheduled, ALA Council II managed to address nearly every item on its agenda on Monday, passing the FY2014 Programmatic Priorities, as presented by ALA Treasurer Mario Gonzalez (CD#13), and an action item from the Policy Monitoring Committee on prayer in ALA meetings (CD#17).
Posted January 28, 2014 | Comments: 0
2014 ALA Midwinter Top 10 Tweets
For many, today was the last day of Midwinter, but also one of the most exciting.   A great way to start your morning is a large cup of coffee, a bagel, and the Youth Media Awards:
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
Alex Holzman of Temple University Press. Photo by Stephen M. Brooks
“What drives acquisitions in 2014?” is the teaser for the 2014 Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
Melissa Sweet
Award-winning children’s book creator Melissa Sweet was at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia where she spoke with American Libraries about the extensive research she does before crafting a book and the importance of her small-town library in Maine.
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
Painting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Photo by Stephen M. Brooks
       
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As a first-timer at Midwinter, perhaps I didn't know any better, but I crashed the meeting of the All Committee and Executive Committee of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Acquisitions Section on Saturday afternoon.
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0
The crowd awaits the Youth Media Awards announcements. Photo by Angie Manfredi
If there's any one reason all librarians, and particularly those who work with children and teens, should attend the Midwinter Meeting, it's so they can attend the unforgettable live spectacle that is the Youth Media Awards (YMA) announcements (see all the winners
Posted January 27, 2014 | Comments: 0