ALA Annual 2011

Getting Excited About the Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s Annual Conference is fast approaching and I have started to think about which programs and meetings I want to try to work into my schedule. This week Ed Sullivan, ALA Representative to the United States Board on Books for Young People, asked me to post the following note about one of the great programs which will be held at ALA Annual in New Orleans:

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) will present a panel discussion on International Children’s Book Publishing: A Small Press Perspective at the ALA Annual Convention on Saturday, June 25th, 4:00 — 5:30 in the Morial Convention Center, Room 227.

The co-sponsored session will feature a panel discussion of representatives from small, independent publishers speaking on issues relating to international children’s books. The panel participants include: Patsy Aldana, publisher of Groundwood Books, Kira Lynn from Kane Miller Books, Ellen Myrick, marketing representative for Lemniscaat and North-South Books, and Victoria Rock, editor with Chronicle Books. There will also be displays of recent publications and marketing materials from other independent publishers of international children’s books. You do not have to be a USBBY member to attend this program. Anyone with an interest in children’s and young adult literature is welcome! For more information about this program, contact Ed Sullivan at; to learn more about USBBY, visit

The above panel discussion is just one of the great programs I hope to attend while at ALA next month. Some of the other programs I hope to get to include:

  • The Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet on Sunday, June 26 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This opportunity to hear the winning authors and illustrators speak about their work is something I look forward to every year.
  • The ALSC President’s Program on Monday, June 27th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Entitled “How Libraries Can Best Serve Special Needs Patrons, Especially Those with Autism Sprectrum Disorders (ASD),” this program is designed to help librarians create programs to positively integrate all patrons.
  • The Exhibits! I absolutely plan to spend time here to find out about great new books, changes and innovations in technologies, and display & programming ideas. (Note to self: try to schedule enough time to adequately explore this area.)
  • Notable Children’s Books discussions. (Check your program for exact location and times.) These discussions are open to all registered conference attendees; they offer a great opportunity to hear dedicated and committed experts in the field discuss some of the best new books for kids. Always great fun for anyone interested in children’s books!

Of course, I’m also looking forward to visiting with friends and colleagues from around the country, as well as making new connections. And no trip to New Orleans would be complete without enjoying some beignets!

What are you most looking forward to attending at this year’s annual Conference? Are there things you hope we report on via this blog? Let us know by commenting below or sending an email to

Mary R. Voors/ALSC Blog Manager

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