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PLA Visitors: Welcome to Columbus Libraries!

Are you attending the 2024 Public Library Association Conference? I might just see you there! Welcome to Columbus, Ohio – the 14th most populous city in the United States. We might be pretty well known for the Ohio State University’s football team – but we are also home to some pretty incredible library systems.  While visiting (or while following along from home!) learn about some of the various libraries filling Columbus and the surrounding suburbs: And more! With just a bit longer drive, you can also visit Alexandria Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Granville Public Library, London Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pataskala Public Library, Pickaway County District Library, Plain City Public Library, and the Wagnalls Memorial Library.  I like to leave conferences with pictures and tangible ideas of things I can replicate at home – and what better way to do that than visiting our area libraries while…

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All Early Learning All the Time at ALA Annual 2023

As my colleague prepared to attend her first ALA Annual Conference in Chicago later this week, I found myself daydreaming of the sessions I’d attend. My colleague is an adult services librarian, so her professional interests vary wildly from my own in youth services and early learning. I decided to scour the official scheduler to find all the early learning options and share my findings below. Definitely check out the 2023 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler to view session descriptions in full; I’ve only included a very succinct summary (any quotes are taken from the session description). All events take place in McCormick Place unless otherwise noted. Thursday and Friday These days include preconference workshops and professional meetings, many of which need a pre-purchased ticket. The opening general session features Judy Blume (!!) and the exhibit floor opens with lots of giveaways. Saturday Bright and early from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m….

ALA Annual Conference 2023

More Impactful Programs Coming Up at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference

Amazingly, this year’s ALA Annual Conference is now mere weeks away! To build on the great recent post by the Program Coordinating Committee on what to look forward to however you are engaging, here are some recommendations from our Intellectual Freedom Committee on sessions that will be helpful to all of us in dealing with the difficult situations this challenging time presents. A Rally for the Right to Read: Uniting for Libraries & Intellectual Freedom Thursday, June 22, 6:00-9:00 pm, Hilton Chicago-Boulevard Room Join us to honor the courage and resilience of America’s librarians and their persevering work to protect the freedom to read. Beginning at 6 pm, program attendees will hear from inspiring speakers and recognize the 2023 recipients of the FTRF Roll of Honor Award, the Eli M. Oboler Award, the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award and the John Phillip Immroth Award. At 8 pm, a…

ALA Midwinter 2015

ALSC at the Midwinter Meeting #alamw15

The 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting is approaching and ALSC has a ton of great events and activities to tell you about. In fact, there’s almost too much good stuff to talk about. To fit this discussion into a blog post, we’ve had to condense our list a bit. Here are a few highlights of events taking place in Chicago. For a full list of ALSC committee meetings, information sessions and get-togethers, please see the ALSC at ALA Midwinter Meeting list. Each of the events listed below are open to all conference attendees. Leadership & ALSC Saturday, January 31, 8:30-11:30am McCormick Place West W179 This event, which is open to all attendees, is an opportunity to learn about new developments in the profession enabling attendees to bring this knowledge back to their libraries. Jenna Nemec-Loise, Member Content Editor for the ALSC Everyday Advocacy Website & Electronic Newsletter will present a review…