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2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:53pm

DENVER – where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.

‘Spotlight on Book Clubs’ at Midwinter to highlight book club picks

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:47pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Attendees of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver are invited to attend the “Spotlight on Book Clubs” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Colorado Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

United for Libraries to host Institute for Friends, Foundations, and Trustees at Midwinter

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:09pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center 107/109/11 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free afternoon of expert speakers and learning opportunities. Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries will deliver the keynote on “Friends, Foundations, Trustees, and the Future of Libraries.”

Concurrent breakout sessions will be:

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:17pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

Susan Wiggs among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 7:18am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Wiggs, Silas House, Elisabeth Hyde, Ariel Lawhon, Molly Tanzer and Spencer Wise  will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2017 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Call for Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:10am

Chicago – The 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas, and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The poster session committee is proud to announce the two additional poster sessions with the migration of the Diversity Fair, and the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section.

Applications for United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:55pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

The ALA President’s Program at the Midwinter Meeting Debates Neutrality in Libraries.

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:20pm

Are Libraries Neutral?  Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?  The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content neutral, open and accessible to all.  A group of ALA members from academic library, public library, and library education backgrounds will engage the issues during a formal debate, with two speakers in the affirmative and two in the negative, followed by commentary from a reactor panel and a conversa