American Libraries Magazine

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).
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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.
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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.
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Jane McGonigal
On Friday afternoon, ALA President Barbara Stripling kicked off the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Opening General Session, where she recapped many of the big events from her presidential year.
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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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