American Libraries Magazine

Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library, received a $245,000 grant to purchase an Espresso Book Machine, shown here. (Photo: Sacramento Public Library)
“Everyone’s an author, everyone wants you to buy their book, everyone wants you to put their book in your collection,” said moderator Melissa Rice, head of adult services at Frankfort (Ill.) Public Library District, at “The New Library Imprint: Libraries and Self-Publishing” program at ALA Annual Conference Saturday
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(Left to right) ALA President Barbara K. Stripling, Chattanooga Public Library’s Corinne Hill, Westlake High School librarian Carolyn Foote, and Bay Area Community College of Marin director Pearl Ly. Photo by George M. Eberhart
On Saturday morning, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling convened a panel to stimulate thinking about the future and the place libraries will have in it.
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A 3D printer
3D printers may be the coolest new tech for libraries, but the complicated relationship between interactive content and libraries means that ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) need to set policy.
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Stan Lee
My spidey senses were tingling but why? Stan Lee was in the house (although I and hundreds of others wound up in the overflow room).
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Climate change
Isabel Espinal, president of Reforma: the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and Omar Poler, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, copresented the Reforma President’s Program, “Library Power to the People: Facing Up to the Climate Crisis with Infor
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Improving your chances of landing the perfect job
Saturday morning, I visited the ALA JobLIST Placement Center to take advantage of the résumé critiquing service. ALA JobLIST offers résumé critiques Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in the service, schedule an appointment in advance.
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Jane Fonda
The hall was packed with a very receptive audience for author and actress Jane Fonda, who appeared as part of the Auditorium Speaker Series on Saturday morning at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
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Internet of Things. Wilgengebroed on Flickr CC BY-SA 3.0
Prior to the official kick-off of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, OCLC hosted a symposium on Friday, June 27, focusing on the “internet of things” (IOT)—the trend in technology moving toward automation and digitally connecting analog items.
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A giant version of Word Winder
Each year at ALA Annual Conference, the Games and Gaming Round Table, along with the ALA Comic Book and Graphic Novel Member Initiative Group, put together an evening full of fun and learning where the gaming, graphic novel, and cosplay communities collide.
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Here we go! Lines, swag, ARCs, and more! Exhibits are open, and it’s been a wild and active Friday so far…
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