SAN DIEGO — 2011 MIDWINTER MEETING Monday, January 10, 2011
ALA Honors Top Youth Authors and llustrators
Coretta Scott King/John
John Randolph Steptoe New Talent Author
Newbery Caldecott Award
Medal Medal Zora and Me
Moon over A Sick Day for Victoria Bond and T. R.
Manifest Amos McGee Simon
Clare Erin E. Stead Candlewick Press
Delacorte written by Coretta Scott King/John
Press Philip C. Stead Steptoe New Talent Illustrator
Robert F. Sibert Medal Award
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the Roaring Brook
Press Seeds of Change
World’s Strangest Parrot Jen Cullerton Johnson
Sy Montgomery Coretta Scott Coretta Scott Illustrated by Sonia Lynn
Houghton Mifflin King Illustrator King Author Sadler
Books for Children Award Award Lee & Low Books Inc.
Dave the One Crazy
Potter: Artist, Summer Odyssey Award
Poet, Slave Rita The True Meaning of
by Laban Williams- Smekday
Carrick Hill Garcia Adam Rex
illustrated by Amistad Listening Library
Bryan Collier Narrated by Bahni Turpin
and Company Margaret A. Edwards
Pura Belpré Pura Belpré Sir Terry Pratchett
Theodor Seuss Author Illustrator Award Amazing Maurice and His
Geisel Award Award Grandma’s Gift Educated Rodents
Bink and Gollie The illustrated and The Wee Free Men
Kate DiCamillo Dreamer written by Eric A Hat Full of Sky
and Alison McGhee Pam Muñoz Velasquez The Color of Magic
Candlewick Press Ryan Walker Guards! Guards!
Scholastic Publishing Equal Rites
Press Company, Inc. Going Postal
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Mildred L. Batchelder Award William C. Morris Award Andrew Carnegie Medal
Lecture Award A Time of Miracles The Freak Observer for Children’s Video
Peter Sís Anne-Laure Bondoux Blythe Woolston The Curious Garden
Delacorte Press Carolrhoda Books Paul R. Gagne and
Melissa Reilly Ellard
Michael L. Printz Schneider Family Schneider Family Schneider Family
Award Book Award Book Award Book Award
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Little, Brown and Kindergarten Jordan Sonnenblick Dumb
Company George Ella Lyon Scholastic Press Antony John
Atheneum Books Dial Books
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Andre Dubus III Reads from
His Memoirs and Addresses
His Reasons for Writing
By Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr. heroes.” He gave credit to libraries
The Library of Congress because, although it pained him to see
how many great books are no longer
Author of works of fiction such as in print, “they are alive in the library”
House of Sand and Fog (1999) and where they populate the shelves. He
The Garden of Last Days (2008) as also thanked those institutions for
well as of the forthcoming Townie: A providing him the carrels to write in
Memoir (2011), Andre Dubus III, at a during the first ten years of his chosen
presentation of the Sunrise Speaker career.
Series on Sunday, addressed the As with so many people, Dubus
sources of inspiration and motivation believes that he had an unhappy
that made him decide to begin writing childhood. His family was divided by
at age 22 soon after graduating from » see page 6
UT-Austin. A prod-
uct of the declining Actor, environmental activist and author Ted Danson is interviewed by
region of mill towns ALA President Roberta Stevens during the President’s Program.
nor th of B ost on ,
among them Lowell
and Haverhill (“Jack
Kerouac country,” as
E-readers and Literacy for All:
he dubbed it), Du-
bus is the son of an
A Vision for the Future
underpaid commu- By Stacy L. Voeller for Literacy and Outreach Services
nity college professor Minnesota State moderated the session.
who was also a noted University Moorhead Lipschultz provided a yet-to-be re-
short-story writer leased paper by Gina Biancarosa and
whom he scarcely On Sunday morning, ALA’s Com- Gina G. Griffiths from the University of
knew and a home- mittee on Literacy Research to Prac- Oregon called “E-Reading Technology
maker mother who tice Discussion Group’s topic was and the Future of Academic Reading: A
raised him, went E-readers and Literacy for All: A Vi- Report to Carnegie Corporation of New
back to school, and Novelist and writer of short stories Andre Dubus III delivers sion for the Future. Dale Lipschultz, York.” The paper discussed how the
became “one of [his] his Sunrise Speaker Series presentation. PhD, Literacy Office from the Office » see page 18
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Richard Rhodes Presents Librarians with a Reverie on the Effect of
Technological Innovations on Words and Thought Processes
By Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr. ture on Saturday, January 8. Joseph But first Rhodes paid homage to and conjured up images of those struc-
The Library of Congress Eagan, the Virtual Services Manager our profession. While going through tures when they sought to remember
of the Montgomery County (MD) Li- a difficult childhood in Kansas City, those passages. Socrates and many of
Twentieth-century historian Rich- brary System, introduced Rhodes, who Missouri, during which he often had his contemporaries feared that learn-
ard Rhodes, the author or editor of 22 has served as both a visiting scholar to live on the street, Rhodes recalled ing to write would foster forgetfulness
books including the Pulitzer Prize, Na- at Harvard and MIT and a host and that “the library for me was a refuge— because, in their opinion, writing was
tional Book Award, and National Book commentator for several PBS documen- literally, for safety and security” and a lazy way to remember. The great
Critics Circle Award winning The Mak- taries. In reviewing the momentous also a place providing possibilities to philosopher considered writing to be
ing of the Atomic Bomb (1986); Dark transformation in the distribution of reach out to the world. He learned to like painting, that is, only an approxi-
Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb ideas as we proceed through the digital read at the age of four, instructed by mation of reality. “For Socrates, texts
(1995); and his latest The Twilight of revolution, Rhodes asserted that simi- the landlady of a rooming house. Not written down are mute—they cannot
the Bombs (2010), delivered the 12th lar initially unsettling advances have at all convinced that authorship can be be interrogated.” Rhodes asserted that
annual Arthur Curley Memorial Lec- happened before. taught in specifically-designed classes, this was similar to the controversy over
he instead is a self-taught scribe who whether calculators should be used in
learned to write from reading. Good the classroom, since they presumably
Complimentary WIRELESS libraries, as well as bad ones, have
served the purpose of conveying the art
discouraged the need to learn math, a
method of training the mind.
INTERNET ACCESS of writing to many authors. Although
he today taps into online historical
The introduction of the printed book
created even more turmoil than writ-
provided by sources, according to Rhodes, “there is ing. Some argued that books should
no substitute for working in libraries.” still be copied by hand, despite the
The author took his audience back introduction of printing, allegedly
to what reading was like and what because parchment would last longer
it had meant in earlier centuries. St. than paper but also because “copying
Augustine, when visiting Italy from the by hand involved more diligence and
provinces of the Roman Empire, was industry.” There were often fewer spell-
Booth 2431 surprised when he observed St. Am-
brose reading silently since the custom
ing errors in copied than in printed
books (which, of course, multiplied any
had always been to read aloud, a more errors.)
social rather than a solitary, meditative Rhodes queried why reality writ-
SSID: ALA2011 experience. Students in ancient times
recited passages of works they wished
ing—“a narrative prose that requires
external facts for authentification” is
to remember near particular buildings called “non-fiction,” a term defined by
what it is not. He disclosed (and de-
plored) that this term was invented by
a librarian in 1867 in the annual report
of the Boston Public Library. He prefers
to call this category of writing “verity,”
a term taken from the French, which
only sounds odd because it is new.
Rhodes considers himself primarily to
be a verity writer, although he has also
written four books of fiction.
Rhodes asserted that the I-phone is
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questions to be easily found. Despite
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he remains optimistic, for the pleasure
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Youth Media Award Honors
Alex Awards Girl in Translation King Illustrator Honor Book Dark Emperor and Other
The Reapers Are the Jean Kwok Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Poems of the Night
Angels: A Novel Riverhead Books Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Joyce Sidman
Alden Bell illustrated by Javaka Steptoe illustrated by Rick Allen
Holt Paperbacks Breaking Night: A Memoir of written by Gary Golio Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Forgiveness, Survival, and My Clarion Books
The Particular Sadness Journey from Homeless to Harvard One Crazy Summer
of Lemon Cake: A Novel Liz Murray Printz Honor Books Rita Williams-Garcia
Aimee Bender Hyperion Stolen Amistad
Doubleday Lucy Christopher
The Boy Who Couldn’t Chicken House Caldecott Honor Books
The House of Tomorrow Sleep and Never Had To Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Peter Bognanni D.C. Pierson Please Ignore Vera Dietz illustrated by Bryan Collier
Amy Einhorn Books Vintage Books A.S. King written by Laban Carrick Hill
Alfred A. Knopf Little, Brown and Company
Room: A Novel King Author Honor Books
Emma Donoghue Lockdown Revolver Interrupting Chicken
Little, Brown and Company Walter Dean Myers Marcus Sedgwick written and illustrated
Amistad Roaring Brook Press by David Ezra Stein
The Vanishing of Katharina Candlewick Press
Linden: A Novel Ninth Ward Nothing
Helen Grant Jewell Parker Rhodes Janne Teller Batchelder Honor Books
Delacorte Little, Brown and Company Atheneum Books for Young Readers Departure Time
written by Truus Matti and
The Radleys Yummy: The Last Days of a Newbery Honor Books translated by Nancy Forest-Flier
Matt Haig Southside Shorty Turtle in Paradise Namelos
Free Press G. Neri, illustrated by Randy Jennifer L. Holm
DuBurke Random House Children’s Books Nothing
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BCALA Announces the 2011 Literary Awards Winners
The Black Caucus of the American Non-fiction were also selected: In the graphically and poignantly exposes to have vacationed with their enslaved
Library Association announced the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment his life in a place of “living hell” and mistresses. Wench tells the story
winners of the 2011 BCALA Literary and Deliverance by Wilbert Rideau his journey toward rehabilitation as of four women whose friendship is
Awards during the Midwinter Meeting (Alfred A. Knopf) and John Oliver a prison journalist. A saga of deter- forged by pain, yet sustained by their
of the American Library Association. Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activ- mination, transformation, personal love for their children and the hope of
The awards recognize excellence in ism by Keith Gilyard (University of integrity and redemption, his triumph freedom. Perkins-Valdez has written
adult fiction and nonfiction by Afri- Georgia Press). over adversity is worthy of recognition an engaging and thought-provoking
can American authors published in The Other Wes Moore: One Name, and to be shared as a lesson learned. novel which examines another aspect
2010, including the work of a first Two Fates explores the importance of John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black of complicated relationships resulting
novelist, and a citation for Outstand- family, circumstance, opportunity, and Literary Activism delves into the life from slavery.
ing Contribution to Publishing. The its impact on African American male and times of an enigmatic figure For excellence in scholarship, the
recipients will receive the awards dur- identity in urban America. Wes Moore considered the spiritual father of the BCALA Literary Awards Commit-
ing the 2011 Annual Conference of the provides an in-depth look into the jour- Black Arts Movement. Killen’s life and tee presents the Outstanding Con-
American Library Association in New ney of two African American males political activism through literature tribution to Publishing Citation to
Orleans, LA. who happen to share the same name, are presented against a mosaic of other Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New
The winner in the Fiction category but take very different life paths. In more well-known figures including Orleans Music Man by Harold Battiste
is Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden an environment disproportionately Paul Robeson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mal- Jr. and Karen Celestan (The Historic
(Akashic Books). affected by poverty, a failing educa- colm X and many others. Gilyard pres- New Orleans Collection). Unfinished
McFadden interweaves rich histori- tional system, fatherlessness, and the ents a well researched portrayal of Kil- Blues is a memoir detailing Harold
cal details and vivid imaginative fic- rise of drug culture, this book raises lens as novelist, teacher, essayist and Battiste’s life and career as a musi-
tion in this riveting multi-faceted nov- the question of what does it take to founding chair of the Harlem Writers cian, composer, producer, arranger,
el. Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional positively impact the lives of young Af- Guild. This is the first biography of and educator while championing New
Harlem Renaissance writer, takes the rican American males? Equipped with John Oliver Killens and a significant Orleans jazz for more than fifty years.
reader on a journey from the Jim Crow a resource guide in its’ final pages, contribution to the understanding of Lavishly illustrated with personal
South to the Harlem Renaissance and this book is an essential read for those his influence as an African American photographs it promotes and preserves
finally the Civil Rights movement. She who champion the critical influence of writer activist. the influence of music on Louisiana
battles racial oppression, betrayal, adults in young people’s lives. The recipient of the First Novelist culture and heritage.
triumphs with success and ultimately Sentenced to death row for the Award is Dolen Perkins-Valdez for
finds redemption. Glorious is a bril- murder of a white woman at the age Wench (HarperCollins).
liantly written novel and is destined of nineteen, Wilbert Rideau spent Perkins-Valdez captures the com-
to become a classic.
The winner in the Non-fiction
forty-four years at the Louisiana State
Penitentiary also known as Angola
plexities of the relationships between
enslaved women and their masters in
» from page 3
category is The Other Wes Moore: and nicknamed “The Farm,” famed for her debut novel Wench. The story cen-
One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore brutality, riots, escape, and murder. ters around a historical resort in Ohio, divorce and constantly seeking the
(Random House). Honor Books for His memoir, In the Place of Justice, where southern slave owners were said cheapest rents. It was bereft of larger
family ties because most of his rela-
tives lived in Louisiana. He opined
“I don’t think that anyone has had a
great childhood. If they say so, they’re
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RUSA Announces Winners for Outstanding Books and Media Today on the
The Reference and User Services Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier; The which was selected for its extensive PopTop Stage:
Association (RUSA) announced their Price of Altruism: George Price and the and outstanding multidisciplinary cov-
choices for outstanding books and Search for the Origins of Kindness by erage of dress, fashion and its impact Library Products
media at the Midwinter meeting in Oren Harman; Last Call: The Rise and on society. In addition, the Committee Today the PopTop Stage will focus
San Diego. Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent; awarded an Honorable Mention to the on New Products for Libraries. The
This year’s winners for Outstanding Citizens of London: The Americans Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, PopTop Stage will be located in Ex-
Fiction are: Nashville Chrome by Rick Who Stood with Britain in Its Dark- published by Yale University Press. hibit Hall H at the 700 aisle in the San
Bass; Room: A Novel by Emma Dono- est, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson; The The Sophie Brody Medal goes to Diego Convention Center.
ghue; A Visit from the Goon Squad by Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a
Jennifer Egan; Crooked Letter, Crooked the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Na- Different Order of Time by Judith
Letter by Tom Franklin; Freedom by thaniel Philbrick; and The Immortal Shulevitz. Homesick by Eshkol Nevo
Jonathan Franzen; Next by James Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca was selected as an honor book.
Hynes; The Surrendered by Chang Skloot; Just Kids by Patti Smith; The The Reading List selections include:
Rae Lee; Matterhorn: A Novel of the Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes; The Survival by John Vaillant; and The (Adrenaline); Under Heaven by Guy
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Share, Talk and Write – Free Online Collaboration Tools
By Will Risser munications services like message does not offer file sharing. The basic “but the paid subscriptions usually
boards and a real time chat program plan is $24 a month and allows 15 have better lay-out options.”
The Library Instruction Round called “camp fire,” document manage- projects, 5 GB storage and unlimited Robin Kear, Reference/Instruction
Table (LIRT) Web Advisory Com- ment such as file sharing and project users, while the max program is $149 Librarian at the University of Pitts-
mittee held a demonstration of free details like to-do lists and apps for a month and has 75 GB of storage and burgh, talked about the benefits of
online products designed to enhance android, blackberry etc. allows for unlimited projects. free social document creation sites like
communication, management and “It’s easy to set-up and acts as a Carrie Forbes, Instruction and Ref- GoogleDocs, which is a web-based pro-
organization in the workplace. central hub for all project information, erence Librarian at the University of gram with file storage a single point
Billie Peterson-Lugo, Assistant Di- which simplifies project coordination,” Denver, discussed and demonstrated of entry. She uses the free program
rector of the Electronic Library at Bay- said Peterson-Lugo. Residing on the free online conferencing and meeting for a number of things including peer
lor University discussed the benefits internet, BaseCamp is available as programs, which virtually allows for review, facilitating collaboration and
of a free online project management long as internet access is available. A multiple users in different locations to presentations, but it also can also do
tool called BaseCamp. BaseCamp is a 30-day free trial is offered on all ac- meet face-to-face. The benefits of this word processing, spreadsheets, chat
collaborative tool that provides com- counts, but is limited to one project and free technology include saving money and forms. One aspect Kear did not
on travel costs, file and data sharing like was that links can’t be attached
and increased participation. Features to pictures in GoogleDocs.
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“GoogleDoc forms are easy to get
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Vote in the 2011 Election back of these programs, which are
cloud based, can be security. Who can
are right there,” said Kear, “I use it
for ALA committee work, evaluating
Polls open March 16 for the 2011 tomer service at (800) 545-2433, ext. access the meeting and is the informa- and reviewing applications and group
American Library Association (ALA) 5. The deadline for requesting a paper tion confidential are things that need projects at work”.
election, in which members will choose ballot is April 9, 2011. to be considered. ALA Connect is another free online
their new president-elect and council “Voting is one of the most important Some free software, like DimDim, program, which supports live docu-
members. things you can do as a member,” said have access codes to help with security. ments, chat and other features. It can
Members of specific divisions/sec- ALA Executive Director Keith Michael DimDim, like many others, allows be used internally or externally and
tions and roundtables will be voting Fiels. “The President represents all of us for up to four web-cams displayed on- streamlines collaborative work. Ad-
for officers and committee members. as members, whether doing hundreds of screen at once. “I usually don’t like to ditionally, it’s paperless and offers an
In order to be eligible to vote, you must media interviews each year or helping to have that many webcams on-screen at archive feature up to storage capacity.
have your membership dues paid by guide the association through financial once because it gets distracting seeing While there are pros and cons to
Jan. 31, 2011. opportunities and challenges.” all those heads,” commented Forbes. the different programs and applica-
For the third year in a row, the The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. The ability to record the meeting is tions Peterson-Lugo finds the free
ALA is holding its election exclusively CST on April 22, 2011. The Election a feature that the free versions won’t options are just easier. “Even if your
online. Although the 2011 election is Committee will meet to certify the offer and free software often has a cap institution has a paid subscription to a
being conducted online, there remains results on April 29, 2011. on number of people conferencing at service, it can be easier to use the free
one exception. Members with a disabil- For more information on the elec- once. “I often use the free software. software because you can do it yourself
ity and no Internet access may request tion, call (800) 545-2433, ext. 5, or You can go in right away without con- with out having to set anything up or
a paper ballot by contacting ALA cus- e-mail email@example.com. tacting any IT people,” said Forbes, call someone to help you,” she said.
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RUSA Board of Directors Meeting Opened Up as a Virtual Town Hall Meeting
By Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr. committee chairs or vice-chairs.
The Library of Congress Since RUSA delivers value through
mutual assistance and fellowship and
The Reference and User Services learning and growth opportunities,
Association (RUSA) Board of Direc- better marketing should result in ap-
tors, meeting in its first session on preciably more members joining and
Saturday, devoted its first hour to remaining. Trott noted that many
a chat line via rusatownhall@rusa. people join RUSA because of the work
org for those who could not attend in and the specific focus of its sections.
person. RUSA President Barry Trott Developing additional sections might
called the meeting to order announc- result in more members. Consider-
ing the appointment of a new division ation might be given to following
webmaster and RUSA’s new Emerg- the Special Libraries Association’s
ing Leader. Much attention was given example of offering graduated regis-
during the first half of the meeting tration fees based on income.
to determining how well RUSA was Discussion moved to the A L A
achieving its goals and how it could White Paper on the continuing im-
improve, in particular drawing upon portance of the Midwinter conference.
successes of other ALA divisions. There was recognition that ALA de- RUSA members hold a discussion during the RUSA Town Hall Meeting.
Although RUSA has been relatively termined that Midwinter would con- and conferences delivered through Until technology costs decrease, the
successful in recruiting new mem- tinue to exist at some level because: it electronic methods can interrupt the price of having many virtual meetings
bers despite the current economic brings in revenue; some awards must regular patterns at work. The conclu- will remain prohibitive.
downturn, there is a continuing need be given in person; it allows ALA to sion was that RUSA needs to main- The second session of the board
for surveys to determine why cur- meet in more regions (whose attend- tain a presence at Midwinter and to meeting will be held today at 1:30
rent members do not always remain ees cannot always go to Annual); and remind people of reasons to attend. p.m.
onboard. The division might benefit it is helpful for library advocates to
from a project manager coordinating meet face-to-face. Nevertheless, since
recruitment at library schools supple- units can decide to conduct more AASL Student Video Contest
mented by packets of materials for business-related matters rather than
“RUSA ambassadors” who enlist new full-fledged, specific programs elec- The Sunday issue of Cognotes (page 14) provided readers with informa-
members. Since some problems have tronically, meetings that are at least tion on the AASL “Learning4Life in My School Library” Student Video
been detected with RUSA’s online partially virtual appear to be useful Contest.” AASL announced yesterday that Macklin will also be sponsoring
volunteer forms, would-be volunteers experiments. Many participants ap- the contest, and will be providing $500 in books to the school libraries of
might be better off applying to serve preciate actual rather than virtual the winners. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/l4lvideocontest.
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Newbery Medal winner and best-selling author Neil Gaiman is interviewed by
librarian, best-selling author, and literary critic Nancy Pearl during during an
“Afternoon with Neil Gaiman and Nancy Pearl” on Sunday.
ALA attendees ascend a flight of illuminated stairs exiting the San
Diego Convention Center at night.
An ALA attendee, far left, appears to do a double take walking past a group of life-like
cutouts that are part of the Digital Library Systems Group booth in the Exhibit Hall.
A large crowd of ALA attendees applaude as Neil Gaiman and Nancy Pearl take
Librarian Catharine Cook, Chickasha Public Library,
Librarian Robin Moskal, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, takes in the view Chickasha, Okla., picks up an endangered species shirt at
of the San Diego skyline from the second floor of the San Diego Convention Center. the ALA Store that includes librarians in the Exhibit Hall.
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PR Awards library staff and customers and used
AASL Announces Preconference Lineup » from page 8
in a guerilla marketing strategy that
was impossible to ignore and hard to
for ALA 2011 Annual Conference Cruz Library for its hugely successful resist. The success of this campaign
campaign surrounding its acquisition was built on a strong foundation of
The American Association of Fees are $179 for personal AASL
of the Grateful Dead archives. In ad- shared values, clear assessment, stra-
School Librarians (AASL) will offer members; $229 for personal ALA
dition to coverage in many national tegic marketing and a committed and
two preconferences in New Orleans members; $269 for non-members;
newspapers and magazines from enthusiastic library staff.
during the American Library As- $179 for retired AASL members; and
the Wall Street Journal to Rolling Worthington Libraries, Worthing-
sociation’s (AL A) 2011 Annual $179 for student AASL members.
Stone, the library’s Facebook page ton, Ohio for the “Find Yourself Here”
Conference. The preconferences Terry Young and Nancy Teger
for this archive has more than 48,000 rebranding campaign, a unique, in-
will be held Friday, June 24. For will lead a panel of school librar-
friends - second only to the Grateful formative and fun way to position the
more information, visit www.ala. ians in a discussion on disaster
Dead’s own Web page - and they have library as an information source and
org/aasl/annual. preparedness at the preconfer-
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The full-day interactive precon- ence, “Disaster Preparedness for
The Edmonton Public Library, staff communications guidelines and
ference, “AASL’s Top 25 Websites for School Librarians.” Attendees will
Edmonton, Alberta, for “Rebrand- expanding to service provision, the li-
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Criteria, and Collaborative Strate- planning as experts share their
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“Spread the words” were taken by loadable books.
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learning and the curriculum. The Use the knowledge and experience
presenters will keep attendees ac- of this panel to devise a plan in the American Library Association
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