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“Innovative Booth for Libraries” at SXSW [Sponsored Content]

While I was in Indianapolis at PLA, Innovative’s Joe Murphy, Director, Library Futures, was in Austin, Texas at the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) conference where emerging technology leaders, start-ups, and media entrepreneurs came together to discuss and even create the latest trends.

Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Revealed

ALA today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the US.  Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago on June 30, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

The 2013 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction:

Courage in Comics

In this video from the Exhibitors Round Table/Booklist Author Forum, Gene Luen Yang, Françoise Mouly, and Jeff Smith talk about the need for telling uncomfortable stories, as well as how cartoonists react to threats of violence.


Learning About Digital Migration

Polly Thistlethwaite, chief librarian of the Mina Rees Library at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and Gary Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum (CHM) shared their digital migration stories at a breakfast sponsored by ProQuest this morning.

Throw the book at stress

Remember that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day when everything went wrong? Not the book, the real day. There is a solution to avoid the anger, the sadness, the frustration, says Anne Mejia-Downs, a physical therapist who shared her research on the subject with ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees Saturday in a session titled “Stop Running on Empty! Build Up Your Reserves” sponsored by HRDR.

Welcome to His Nightmare

Actor and screenwriter Jason Segel is known for his comedic work on the small and big screen as the star of the long-running television show How I Met Your Mother and cult fave Freaks and Geeks, and hit films Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets. Another pursuit brought Segel to the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago: author.

Body and mind

About a dozen energetic attendees arrived at 7 this morning for ALA's Think Fit Zumba class, sponsored by Innovative. The hourlong session, led by local instructors Megan Knee and Suzanne Crawford, was followed by a healthful breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola. Participants received an infusion water bottle, resistance band, and hot/cold pack to take home.

Saturday Ignite Session: Diversity, Website Optimization, and Partnerships

ALA held its first official Midwinter Ignite session on Saturday morning, after introducing them successfully at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Ignite presentations are five minutes long and are accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds, keeping both the speakers and their audience on their toes. The six topics presented at this session included diversity, website optimization, and partnerships.

Comic books promote literacy, diversity

“I can do with a picture so much more than I can do with words,” said Cece Bell, author of the graphic memoir El Deafo, during the ERT/Booklist Author Forum on Friday at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.


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