Professional & Leadership Development

How to Make the Most of Your Library Career

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High-Wire Creativity: Philippe Petit

Card tricks. Sleight-of-hand magic. Props. Audience participation. No, this isn’t a description of a hot new show on the Vegas Strip. These are a few highlights of the United for Libraries President’s Program, held Monday at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Intellectual Freedom Manual Dominates Council III

ALA Council met for its third and final session at the 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday, July 1.

Boba Fett at the Circ Desk

“Welcome to planet Tatooine. That’s what it feels like outside.....”

Stars Shake Up the President’s Program

The President’s Program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition began as a calm affair, with this year’s award-winning librarians, authors, and library supporters taking the stage to receive recognition and gather their prizes.

Then Lemony Snicket hit the stage.

Ebook Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

E-Content Quarterly Editor Mirela Roncevic on Sunday served as moderator for a panel of librarians and publishers who discussed “Leading with Ebooks: New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers.” The event was sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook provider that offers a pay-as-you-read model, and it was dedicated to the late Ernie DiMattia, an early adopter of Total BooX and the long-time director of the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, who died on June 26.

LITA President’s Program Presents the Girl Scouts of Technology

I am not a tech head. Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet, my smartphone, and gifs, but I know very little about the computer science behind the technology I use. Yet the increasing power of technology and the role it plays in our daily lives cannot be understated. Computer science is currently the fastest-growing, highest-paying profession in our economy, but the United States can only fill 30% of the available jobs. With such a rich and open field, one might assume that men and women would be flocking to this career path equally. However that is not the case.

Connected Learning and Libraries: Three Case Studies

Libraries are at the center of a new education methodology: connected learning. Kylie Peppler, assistant professor of learning sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, presented the program “Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media, New Technologies, and Informal Learning.” The session, part of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies’ President’s Program, highlighted the pivotal role that libraries play in helping young people recognize and pursue interests in a way that helps them develop real-world skills.

Our Work in Washington

Advocacy and lobbying in the nation’s capital on behalf of libraries and the library profession was the focus of “Washington Update–2014 Congressional Election and Its Impact on Libraries,” an event held Saturday morning at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. Strides in the right direction are being made, but the work is far from over.

How to Handle Controversial Programming

On Saturday, ALA's Public Programs Office and Office for Intellectual Freedom presented “Managing Challenges, Maximizing Impact: Policies and Practices for Controversial Programming.” Using the “Muslim Journeys” program as an example, Lesley Williams, head of adult services at Evanston (Ill.) Public Library, and Martin Garnar, reference services librarian and professor at Regis University in Denver, presented on managing controversial programming.

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