Highlights

ALA Annual Conference programs, updates, conversations, and other events cover key issues such as innovation and transformation, ebook lending and usability, digital content, community engagement, leadership, the impact and potential of new technologies, books and awards, development, teaching and learning, and best practices on a range of library -related concerns. There's also a wide range of networking opportunities and fun events. Don't miss out! Some selected preliminary highlights follow, and the full program will be added to the Conference Scheduler as programs and events are confirmed.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS


PRECONFERENCES

Check out the wide range of Preconferences offered by ALA divisions, offices, and round tables for in-depth professional development on key current topics.


IN THE EXHIBITS

With more than 800 exhibiting organizations, multiple specialty pavilions, stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking. The Exhibit Hall offers you the chance to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools and technologies.

Visit the Exhibit Hall for details as they're added, and mark your calendar for the Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday evening after the Opening General Session and Exhibits Closing Celebration on Monday afternoon.


Award-Winning Products at the ALA Store

Find the ALA Store in the registration area in the convention center, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs. With plenty of new and bestselling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by!


SPEAKERS AND RELATED EVENTS 

Opening General Session with Special Keynote Speaker

Roberta Kaplan opens the conference on a high note as part of the conference's Opening General Session, where the ALA President and others welcome you to ALA Annual Conference and set the stage for the coming days.

Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan

Friday, June 26

4:00-5:15pm

Hear how Roberta A. Kaplan—with the help of a band of supporters extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. Kaplan will offer insights into how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how laws get overturned, and how change is made legally.  

“Robbie Kaplan has been involved in some of the most important legal developments of recent years,” notes The Financial Times  When Edie Windsor called Roberta Kaplan to take on the case that would bring down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Kaplan did not hesitate, as gay advocates and other lawyers had.  In Windsor, the nation's highest court ruled that a key provision of DOMA violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage conferred under federal law.  Kaplan’s forthcoming book, “Then Comes Marriage:United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” (Norton, Fall 2015), will offer a complete account of the success.

Described as a “litigation superstar,” a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and a “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture,” Kaplan is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, and is currently litigating the case against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban.  Selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers,” as well as a 2013 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Above The Law and the 2014 “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times, she was ranked as number 5 in this year's "Politico 50." 

Sponsored by W.W. Norton & Company

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Auditorium Speaker Series

A rare opportunity to hear leading authors, thought-leaders, and experts from adult and youth fiction, technology. popular culture, and other areas in these stimulating general sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at various times.

 

Gloria Steinem

 

Gloria Steinem

Saturday, June 27

8:30-9:30am

Writer, lecturer, editor, journalist, social and political activist, and self-described “hope-aholic,” Gloria Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s. Hear her talk about the path that led her there, including a challenging childhood and a short stint as a Playboy Bunny. After helping found New York magazine in 1968, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles, Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, and remained one of its editors for 15 years. In 2005, Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan co-founded the Women's Media Center, an organization that works "to make women visible and powerful in the media." Steinem currently travels internationally as an organizer and lecturer and is a media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Steinem’s numerous awards include the National Magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and in 2013, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her forthcoming book Diary of a Nomad: My Life on the Road (her first in 20 years and with all new material, October 2015) is an inspiring, intimate memoir that tells her whole life story.

Sponsored by Penguin Random House

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Haifaa al-Mansour

 

Haifaa al-Mansour

Saturday, June 27

10:30-11:30am

Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Winner of an EDA Female Focus Award, al-Mansour’s first feature-length film “Wadjda” also won the Best International Feature Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, among other awards, and is the first feature-length movie filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first feature filmed by a female Saudi Arabian director, and the first Saudi Arabian film submitted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

The film is the basis of al-Mansour’s middle-grade (and debut) novel The Green Bicycle, about a spunky and sly eleven-year- old living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, who constantly pushes the boundaries of what's considered proper. The story of her attempt to get a bicycle, considered improper for girls to ride, unfolds against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, and explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family with warmth, spirit, and humor.

The daughter of a poet, al-Mansour studied comparative literature in Cairo and later attended film school in Australia. Her 2005 documentary “Women Without Shadows” speaks to the hidden lives of women in Arab States of the Persian Gulf and was shown at 17 international festivals, received the Golden Dagger for Best Documentary in the Muscat Film Festival, and got a special jury mention in the fourth Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam. Her next film, “A Storm in the Stars,” about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and starring Elle Fanning, is set to release in 2016.

Sponsoerd by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

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Sarah Vowell

 

Sarah Vowell

Saturday, June 27

12:00-1:00pm

Be among the first to hear this journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture as she talks (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was a general who became wildly unpopular in his native France but so beloved by Americans that George Washington considered him a son and 90,000 people showed up to cheer for him when he sailed into New York Harbor after a 30-year absence. In the forthcoming book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States”(October 2015), Vowell offers an insightful look at a nation’s idealism and its reality through her portrait of the one Frenchman we could all agree upon.

Vowell is often referred to as a "social observer,” and her previous books include Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, and essay collections Take the Cannoli and Radio On. She was a contributing editor for This American Life and an original contributor to McSweeney’s. She has been a columnist for SalonTime and San Francisco Weekly and writes occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. In addition to making numerous appearances on the Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Vowell is also the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in the Academy Award-winning animated film The Incredibles.  

Sponsored by Riverhead, a division of Penguin.

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Nick Offerman

 

Nick Offerman

Saturday, June 27

3:30-4:30pm

Actor, author, humorist, and woodworker Nick Offerman--best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”—promises attendees plenty of laughter as well as a special library connection. As a lifelong reader coming from a family of librarians, he credits his aunt, Michele Houchens, the local history librarian at the Three Rivers Public Library in Minooka, Illinois, with encouraging his love of reading.

Offerman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living and the forthcoming Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Dutton, May 2015). He acted with Chicago theatre companies, worked as a fight choreographer and master carpenter at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and has appeared in numerous films. Prior to “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, his most prominent role was as factory worker and Benny-Lopez-love-interest Randy McGee on “George Lopez.” In 2007, he co-starred in the Comedy Central series “American Body Shop.” Other TV appearances include as a plumber on “Will & Grace,” as a hobo on “The King of Queens,” in “24,” and in an episode of “The West Wing.”

Attendees can look forward to a humor-filled hour if the introduction on Offerman’s professional woodshop’s website is any indication: “We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines and fine furniture.  From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.”

Sponsored by Dutton, a division of Penguin Publishing.

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Joshua Davis

 

Joshua Davis

Monday, June 29

8:30 - 9:30am

In this session—“From Cover to Screen - Books to Movies,”—Joshua Davis, author of Spare Parts, will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs and film critic David Thomson to talk about the writing of the book, the creation of the movie, and how movies are judged and reviewed. 

Attendees will also view a trailer for the film version, starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marissa Tomei. Spare Parts is about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech underwater robot competition against teams from elite universities, and has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post. 

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired, cofounder of Epic magazine, and the author of The Underdog, a memoir about his experiences as an arm wrestler, backward runner, and matador. A 2014 nominee for a National Magazine Award for feature writing, he has written for The New Yorker and other periodicals, and his writing is widely anthologized. David Thomson, author of the forthcoming How to Watch a Movie (Random House, November 2015), is the definitive source on all things film. He was film critic for The New Republic and has also written for The Guardian and The Independent (in London), The New York Times, Salon, Movieline, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound. Rick Jacobs is a producer and manager specializing in “genre” development and the convergence of media between feature films, television, video games and print publication, with a focus on adapting projects from source material including comic books and graphic novels, video games, Asian remakes, and magazine articles. The three speakers will be interviewed on stage by Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert.  

This Auditorium Speaker session is also United for Libraries President Christine Lind Hage’s program. A book signing will follow the presentation (books subject to availability).

Sponsored by Macmillan and Random House.

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Edwidge Danticat

 

Edwidge Danticat

Monday, June 29

10:30-11:30am

A writer named "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference" in Harper's Bazaar, featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch, and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine is definitely one not to miss. Edwidge Danticat’s first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was also an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection Krik? Krak! made her the youngest National Book Award nominee ever.

Born in Haiti, Danticat immigrated to a Haitian American neighborhood in Brooklyn at age 12. Her disorientation in her new surroundings saw her turn to literature for solace, and two years later she published her first writing in English in a citywide magazine written by teenagers. “Writing for New Youth Connections had given me a voice. My silence was destroyed completely, indefinitely.” Prominent themes in her writing include national identity, mother-daughter relationships, and diasporic politics, and she is a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home. Her work has been translated into many languages, and her numerous awards include a Pushcart Short Story Prize, The National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, a Langston Hughes Medal, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and fiction awards from Essence and Seventeen magazines. Her most recent novel, Claire of the Sea Light, was shortlisted for ALA’s 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

The forthcoming picture book Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separationis a poignant and tender story about the human side of immigration and how every child has the power to make a difference, highlighting the connective and transformative power of words and stories. (September 2015)

Sponsored by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

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Sonia Manzano

 

Sonia Manzano

Monday, June 29

12:00 - 1:00pm

One of America’s “most influential Hispanics” according to People en Español, Sonia Manzano—best known as the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on Sesame Street—has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as best performer in a children’s series. She is the author of the Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012 and hailed in a starred review in Booklist as a “wry . . . moving” novel. Manzano has also been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C.  

Becoming Maria, Manzano’s latest book, is her coming-of-age memoir, the remarkable story of a girl plunged into a world she never expected. It’s the story of dreams—some of them nightmares, others visions of romance and escape. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, it’s the tale of a family that is loving and troubled, and of the child who grew up to become a TV star. Sonia’s creative drive keeps her afloat despite the turbulence of her life and times—including the cramped, colorful world of her Latino neighborhood and an abusive and alcoholic father. Spiced with Nuyorican culture, heartache, and humor, the memoir paints a revealing portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Sponsored by Scholastic

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ALA President's Program and ALA Awards Presentations

Sarah Lewis

 

Sarah Lewis

Sunday, June 28

3:30 - 4:30pm

Preceded by ALA Awards Presentation 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Join ALA President Courtney L. Young for the ALA Awards followed by her featured speaker Sarah Lewis.

“Sarah Lewis is applying her turbocharged intellect to bridging the gap between art and social policy,” says Vogue magazine. Join ALA President Courtney L. Young to welcome art historian, critic, writer, and “cultural powerhouse” Lewis as she celebrates creativity, focusing on how it can lead us through fear and failure to ultimate success. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward and our failures that become the process?

“Embrace the Near Win” was selected as one of TED Talks’ 2014 Collection of the Most Powerful Talks. In it, as in her acclaimed debut book The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery (described by the New York Times as “strikingly original”), Lewis urges her audience to consider the role of the almost-failure in our own lives. “Coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you attain what you never dreamed you could,” she says. She came to understand that what really motivates us is “the unfinished” and that mastery is in the reaching rather than the arriving when, at her first museum job, she noticed that not every work by an artist she was studying was a total masterpiece.

Lewis has served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been selected for Oprah’s “Power List,” and is a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and assistant professor at Harvard University. She is also an active curator, having held positions at both the Tate Modern and The Museum of Modern Art. Her writing on contemporary art has been published extensively.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

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ALA Division Presidents' Programs

An additional opportunity to be inspired by thought leaders in programs hosted by ALA divisions and their presidents, open to all conference attendees.

Confirmed speakers include:

AASL President's Program: Eli Neiburger

ACRL President's Program: Thomas Hoerr and Constance Malpas

ALCTS President's Program: Maryanne Wolf

ALSC President's Program: Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham

ASCLA President's Program: Charlene Li

LITA President's Program: Lou Rosenfeld

LLAMA President's Program: Art Barter, Founder & CEO of Servant Leadership Institute

RUSA President's Program: danah boyd

United for Libraries President's Program, also an Auditorium Speaker: Joshua Davis

 


Closing General Session and Inaugural Brunch Event

Closing General Session

Tuesday, June 30, 9:30-11:00am

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Courtney L. Young will pass the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA President Sari Feldman and introduce the new Division Presidents. 

Robbie Robertson

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner (No, David!) David Shannon will talk about their new book, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Written in a lyrical voice and paired with arresting oil paintings, the book is bound to both fascinate and educate your young students and patrons about Native American history.

Robertson was the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary musical group The Band. Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, he learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois David Shannonnations during the 14th century. This message not only united the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution. Shannon is the internationally-acclaimed illustrator of numerous bestselling books for children, and his illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone.

Sponsored by Abrams Books for Young Readers

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Inaugural Brunch

Tuesday, June 30, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Marriott Marquis-Yerba Buena Salon 7

Join ALA President Courtney L. Young in honoring incoming President Sari Feldman and incoming Division Presidents at this Inaugural Brunch. This elegant event will immediately follow the Closing General Session and includes food, entertainment, and more. Tickets can be purchased when you register for the conference or added at a later date.

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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE

The Conversations Continue ...

Continue in-depth, facilitated, and informal conversations, with an ongoing focus on advancing library-led community engagement, library advocacy, and other topics. Help to create a sustainable, scalable national plan as you participate in and move the conversation forward, examine the issues, process the implications, and consider practical steps, strategies, and tools that libraries can use to take action and engage with their communities and beyond.


Awards and Award Celebrations

Join the celebrations throughout the conference. For the following ticketed events, you can sign up when you register for the conference, or add the event(s) later.

Enjoy YALSA and Booklist's Michael L. Printz Program and Reception on Friday evening--including presentations of awards and speeches by the Michael L. Printz winner and/or honorees.

Enjoy hearing the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award as you hoonor that author's significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens at the Margaret A. Edwards Brunch on Saturday, sponsored by YALSA and School Library Journal.

Be among the first to hear who wins the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at a special celebratory event on Saturday evening, 8:00pm-10:00pm, plus keynote speaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, long a champion of the importance of libraries, also a New York Times best-selling author, NBA's all-time leading scorer, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Hear from winners (last year, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Donna Tartt) and ALA leaders. These medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year and are the first single-book awards for adult books given by ALA. The event, established in 2012, has fast become a favorite.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards winners are celebrated at the annual Sunday breakfast honoring the year's best African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth. The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient will also be honored. Individual tickets or table reservations may be purchased in advance.

ALSC honors the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder medals for outstanding writing and illustration in children's literature during its gala awards banquet on Sunday evening, attended by more than 1,000 librarians, reviewers, publishers and fans of children's literature. You can sign up for individual, open-seating tickets when you register for the conference or add them later, however, reserved table reservations (seats 10) are made through the ALSC office--please visit www.ala.org/alscevents for details.

The Stonewall Book Awards will be celebrated Monday, June 29 beginning at 10:00am. The Stonewall Book Awards are the oldest awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender writing. Join the GLBT Round Table for free as it recognizes the winners and honorees in fiction, non-fiction, and children's and young adult categories. A book signing will follow the event.


Book Buzz Theater

Behind Aisle 3900 - near booth #3931

Your favorite publishers entertain while informing you about their hottest new titles, including fiction and non-fiction for young readers and adults.

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Featuring your favorite publishers and what's HOT for 2015...Click here for the Book Buzz Schedule!


Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

Moscone Center Room #123

Back by popular demand, the "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" will offer a variety of films and documentaries throughout the day from Saturday through Monday. Many will offer a chance to meet the film's writer, director, or subjects.

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Governance

ALA Council Meetings
Sunday, 8:30-11:00am
Monday, 8:30-11:30am
Tuesday, 7:45-9:15am

All Annual Conference attendees are welcome to visit and observe Council at work at any of these meetings. The Council is the governing body of ALA, and delegates to the divisions of the association authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council. Council's decisions are binding unless set aside by a majority vote in which one-fourth of the members of the association have voted.

Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session

Saturday, 3:00-4:30pm

For an overview of what's been going on at ALA since Midwinter Meeting as well as a status report of the association, you will receive reports from the President, President-Elect, Executive Director, Treasurer, and Endowment Trustees at this meeting.

Membership Meeting

Saturday, 4:30-5:30pm

Membership meetings provide an opportunity for ALA members to have a say in what happens within the association. ALA members can bring to the floor issues that are important to libraries and librarianship and discuss how they might be addressed within ALA. Resolutions may be introduced which, if passed by the membership, will be forwarded to the ALA Council. Resolutions passed by Council will be acted upon by the Association.

Executive Board Meetings

Friday, 8:30-noon

Monday, 1:00-4:30pm

Tuesday, 1:30-4:30pm

Executive Board Meetings, other than closed sessions, are open to all Annual Conference attendees. The best way to get a flavor for how decisions are made within the association is to observe one of these Board meetings.


Networking Uncommons

Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It's a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, polish your presentation, follow up on a discussion, or just recharge your batteries. The area features tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. Once the Conference Scheduler opens, sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead-otherwise just show up. During open times, the area is up for grabs, although it's big enough that multiple groups can use it at once, even when someone has scheduled something. You can also check the topics each day to see what interests you.


Unconference, Library Camp

Join the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what you've learned at the conference.

The Unconference takes place on Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm and is a growing event. This participant-guided experience brings the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference.

Round out your experience at the end-of-conference Library Camp on Monday. Attendees will get together to talk about anything library- or conference- related with a focus on reflecting on what inspired you at the conference. Come prepared to share your experiences and/or lead an informal discussion on a topic of your choice. Everyone is welcome!


Think Fit @ ALA

Think Fit @ALA is our health and well-being initiative covering both personal health and environmental awareness, and includes a range of details and events.

Annual Conference 2015

Moscone Center Room #270 (s)

Dimmed lights and low music provide the perfect space for the ALA Meditation room. Need a break, time to stretch and relieve stress, join us in the Think Fit Meditation Room. Space is free for use and open Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Monday 9:00am - 2:00pm.

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ALA JOBLIST PLACEMENT CENTER

Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm, with an orientation on Saturday at 8:30am and an Open House/Job Fair on Sunday, 10:30am-12:00pm. Jobseekers may attend career guidance workshops, talk to a career counselor, have your resume reviewed, and talk to employers in the Placement Center. These services are free to job seekers and ALA membership is not required. Photography service will also be provided for a nominal fee. Get more information, including--for employers--how to reserve a booth and how to use the interviewing facilities at http://joblist.ala.org/placementcenter.cfm


ERT/CHRISTOPHER J.HOY SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST ALLEY SILENT AUCTION

The 17th Annual ERT/Christopher J. Hoy and Artist Alley Scholarship Silent Auction will feature numerous quilts donated by the ALA BiblioQuilters and friends of ERT. The Silent Auction will also feature original art donated by participants of Artist Alley in the exhibits. Plan to stop by during the conference. Bidding ends on Sunday at 3:45pm.

Details on the ERT/Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship and Artist Alley can be found by clicking here.


GET EXCITED ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO

 

When you have free time, there's plenty to enjoy in beautiful San Francisco. World-famous attractions include the Golden Gate park with views over the famous bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, the Aquarium, Alcatraz Island and other boat cruises, Chinatown, Angel Island, the city's architecture, the Exploratorium, rides up and down the steep hills in old-style cable cars, and the ofiginal Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. If you're looking for culture, you'll enjoy the many kinds of museums, music, and theater. The dining scene offers a wide range of local and international restaurants and cuisines at all price levels. If you enjoy shopping, San Francisco offers all kinds of options. And if you want to venture beyond the city, trips to the Napa and Sonoma wine country are easy to organize.

Visit San Francisco Travel for information about the city and to help plan your free time.