It's That Time Again: The National Book Festival

Hip, Hip, Hurray! It's The 2005 National Book Festival this weekend. The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public. For reasons spelled out Here, the poet Sharon Olds has declined to attend.


Internet Librarian International 2005

The countdown is on for this year's Internet Librarian International. Only 5
weeks remaining to arrange your visit!

If you are facing technology challenges and looking for practical solutions,
plan now to attend Internet Librarian International on 10-11 October in

This year's conference programme showcases innovative information environments
and ideas that will help you update your skills and energise your thinking
about how to find, organise, and manage information resources. Create a
personalised conference agenda by choosing among sessions, tracks, and topics

* Blogs, Wikis and Collaboration Tools
* E-Learning and Training
* Information Organisation and Discovery
* Global Best Practices
* Digital Libraries & Resources
* Exploring Web Research Skills and Resources
* Innovative Information Environments
* Technology for Libraries
* Information Literacy
* National Digital Projects and Initiatives
* Practical Technology Tips and Tools
* Managing Corporate Libraries


Wikimania in Frankfurt

Here's one from the UK Guardian about the First International Wikimania conference in Frankfurt earlier this month.

Leon Weber, 14, was annointed as the youngest of Wikipedia's administrators this year after spending several months correcting entries on the German site. Wearing an oversized cap on top of his undersized body, he travelled alone to Frankfurt from his home town of Ottendorf-Okrilla, which was the subject of his first Wikipedia entry last year.

Here's the main page for the conference.


“Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories.�- Librarians of Color Meet

Kathleen writes "The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is the first-ever national conference to be held and sponsored by the five caucus associations of color at the same time in the same place. The theme is“Gathering at the Waters: Embracing Our Spirits, Telling Our Stories.� The JCLC is scheduled for October 11–15, 2006 in Dallas, TX at the Adam's Mark Dallas Hotel.

The five caucus associations are affiliate members of the American Library Association (ALA) and their liaison to ALA is through its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS). The five caucus associations have each held their own national conferences in the past. The 2006 joint national conference is co-sponsored by the American Indian Library Association (AILA); the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA); the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA); the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Provide Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. "


Ausweb conference

tqft writes ""Keynote speaker at the recent annual Ausweb conference, Terence Huwe, says the role of libraries has taken on a new importance as digital information takes the high ground in research, business and government."The Ages Has More (soul sucking registration may be required)Is there a better report on the conference? It looks interesting."


One Student's Journey To ALA Annual

Rosemarie Maldonado writes: Often said is, "Getting from here to there is the journey and that is more important than the destination." While I am no sage, I will tell you a few of my experiences on my journey with research at UB and at the ALA Annual Conference 2005 last month in Chicago, Illinois in which I co-presented a research paper as a University at Buffalo The State University of New York MLS student. I've included som tips if you are thinking about doing a special project, and some tips if you are thinking about going to a conference.

A Tale of Two Talks

Steven Bell has one Over @LJ on the big gathering last month in Chicago.

"Another American Library Association (ALA) conference comes, and along with it another opening keynoter who does little more than give us the standard, “Gee, I really, really like you� speech. It’s a syrupy blend of admiration for all things library, patronization of the causes ALA attendees support, and vitriol for those, mostly politicians and policies, we oppose."

He says it’s a tough and thankless job to arrange ALA keynote talks, but more attention should be paid to balance the political spectrum our speakers represent.


ALA Conference

Anonymous Patron writes "The 2005 Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL from June 23-29, 2005. The exhibits will be held June 25-28,
2005 in the McCormick Place Convention Center.
ALA Conference WIKI featuring a link to folks who are blogging the



CILIP To Sponsor Internet Librarian International

CILIP – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - will sponsor Internet Librarian International 2005, taking place in London, England on 10 & 11 October this year. More on the upcoming conference here .


10-Year Anniversary of Latina Letters

kathleen writes "This year, we will discuss and celebrate three decades of Latina Literature in the U.S. The "crossing over" of U.S. Latino/a literature into the awareness of the general American reader began in the 1980s with the publication of Sandra Cisneros' "The House on Mango Street" by Arte Público.

On its 10-year anniversary, Latina Letters applauds Sandra Cisneros for helping to open the gates of the mainstream for many Latina writers to follow. Also participating in Latina Letters is a voice of the '80s poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, who will read from her new work. For the decade of the '90s we celebrate Pat Mora, Chicana poet extraordinaire, who opened the mainstream doors to Latina children's literature. Representing the first decade of the 21st century are Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Cuban-American Ana Menéndez, two writers whose works explore both political and social issues in the form of fiction.

Latina Letters will be a forum for issues of literature, art, identity, ethnicity and gender, continuing as it has from the beginning to focus awareness on these important issues.
Gwendolyn Díaz, Ph.D. Director, Latina Letters=See Latina Lista for more on a Latina woman's perspective."



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