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Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

From Google Glass to ALA’s new Code of Conduct, highlights of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting by sister publication Library Journal.

Off to Philly

Off to Philly

Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

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Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Mandate

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In a ruling that could have serious implications for the way Internet access is regulated in the US, the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the FCC does not have the authority to impose so-called net neutrality rules on Internet service providers.

Interview: Jacob Chabot

On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there [...]

Interview: Paul Pope

Interview: Paul Pope

On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there [...]

Interview: Jeffrey Brown

Interview: Jeffrey Brown

On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there [...]

Affirm your community’s love of libraries with a signing

Affirm your communitys love of libraries with a signing

When I hear heart-breaking news like this recent story of the closings of the libraries at Philadelphia’s two top academic high schools, following the closing of so many others,  I recognize that my own community likely takes our own libraries for granted. Really, how often do we as communities stop and acknowledge that we value [...]

Rally the Cause: Thriving libraries Equal Student Success | Feedback

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Read about what your peers think about the correlation between a thriving library and student success, the importance of administrators’ support for certified librarians, and more.

ALA: ARCs

One of the panel discussions I was on at ALA was All About ARCs:  “Librarians may have heard of Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs), but do they actually know how to acquire or use them? Why do publishers create these unsaleable copies? Have you seen them at used bookstores, Friends book sales, and should they really be there? [...]

ALA’s Launches “Liberty” and the Privacy Toolkit

In a powerful, proactive reminder of the principles for which our profession stands, yesterday ALA announced the launch of ALA Liberty, a new website that contains tools libraries can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights. ALA Liberty offers guides and tip sheets for libraries as [...]

ALA: New Adult

ALA: New Adult

And SexyTimes was had by all! Um, no, not really, but based on the twitter stream for the New Adult Conversation Starter that Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen and myself did (Twitter hashtag #ALA13NA), I apparently used that term a lot. As a recap, the three of us did a Conversation Starter on New Adult Fiction at [...]

Celebrating another meaningful declaration

Celebrating another meaningful declaration

It’s the 4th of July and I am delighted to share another important declaration.   Our new ALA President, friend, former school librarian, and Syracuse iSchool professor, Barbara Stripling declares that libraries are essential to a democratic society. She shares: My presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, will focus on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries, [...]

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013

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Here in Chicago, AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee just released its standards-aligned 2013 list. (Don’t miss AASL’s inaugural, Best Apps For Teaching and Learning list, also just released at ALA!) Sites and tools are selected  because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value [...]

ALA

ALA Annual is just around the corner, which means, OH NO SO MUCH TO DO. The highlights of my schedule, so far: Saturday, June 29th All About ARCs: The Ins and Outs of Requesting, Using and Abusing Advanced Reading Copies, where I’m co-presenting with Kelly Jensen and Kristi Chadwick. 10:30 to 11:30, McCormick Place Convention [...]

A Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets | ALA 2013

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Suggestions for places to eat in Chicago, along with recommended bookstores, bars, city landmarks, and concert venues.

Choices, Choices… For the Tech-Minded, ISTE May Be More Useful Than ALA

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This month, librarians are gearing up for the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. But some question whether “annual” really serves their professional development needs. In a time of contracting budgets, layoffs, and demands for tech expertise in the library, is ALA still the must-attend event for all? Or is ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education conference) in San Antonio a better choice?

ALA, It’s Time to Step Up for School Libraries | Editorial

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What if ALA leadership fought for school librarians like it fought for access to ebooks?

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens.

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It’s time to update your audiobook collection, so don’t miss ALSC’s Notable Recordings and YALSA”s Amazing Audiobooks lists for 2013.

ALA 2013 Conversation Starters!

Dear ALA Members: Now is the time to vote! To vote for what you want to have happen at ALA Annual! As explained at this ALA News Press Release, voting is open until March 31, 2013 for Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions. “Conversation Starters” are “fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging [...]