Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2005 - 1:10am
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, â€œGee, I really, really like youâ€? speech. Itâ€™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 itâ€™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.
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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 PÃºblico.
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 MenÃ©ndez, 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 DÃaz, Ph.D. Director, Latina Letters=See Latina Lista for more on a Latina woman's perspective."
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2005 - 12:10pm
Just One More on BookExpo America. This author says it was a lot like life. Most people split their focus among unseemly jockeying for immediate opportunities (party invites, press attention), unconvincing near-term confidence ("The next catalog is our best ever") and, when reluctantly contemplating the distant future, a barely suppressed case of the screaming fantods.
Submitted by rochelle on June 9, 2005 - 7:08pm
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Lloyd Davidson writes "The LITA Electronic Publishing/Electronic Journals IG presents the following program at ALA Annual in Chicago:
Searching Digital Resources: How do people search? How do we know what they want? How do we know when they find what they need?
Saturday, June 25, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Exchange room of the Intercontinental Hotel. During its development, the content of this program has evolved to present a set of exemplary descriptions of the processes and techniques essential to designing Web interfaces for optimal clarity and simplicity and to describe the patron feedback methods used to accurately measure their usability.
Submitted by rochelle on May 18, 2005 - 12:34pm
vonjobi writes "If you're going to the conference this year, check out the SLA 2005 Conference Blog for updates and additional information on speakers, getting there, etc."
Submitted by rochelle on May 8, 2005 - 12:57pm
Kathleen writes "The Library of Congress joined BYU to celebrate the legacy of Mormon founder, Joseph Smith Jr.
Most scholars agree that perhaps Smith's most important legacy - and one of the main historical flashpoints between Mormons and non-Mormons - is that he added a new volume to the canon, the collection of books generally accepted as religious scripture.
The conference is part of a yearlong celebration by the church of the bicentennial of Joseph Smith's birth in December 1805 in Vermont.
By December 2005, the public should get its first glimpse of a 12-volume publication of Joseph Smith's papers, diaries and personal writings, all part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project that has been endorsed by the National Archives."
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Kathleen writes "National Conference II Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums:
Preserving Our Language, Memory and Lifeways will be held May 24-27, 2005.
The conference will create a network of support for tribal cultural institutions and programs; articulate contemporary issues related to the development of tribal libraries, archives and museums and encourage collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions. The goals of the conference will be achieved through plenary sessions with keynote speakers, information and resource tables, concurrent panels, affinity breakfasts, group meals and special events.
The Arizona State Library and Arizona State Museum are collaborating under the IMLS National Leadership Grant category of library-museum collaborations."
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Submitted by Anna on March 25, 2005 - 6:41pm
Bill Drew is looking for help in organizing bloggers for the SUNY Librarians Association conference. He writes, "I am organizing a group of State University of New York librarians to report on our SUNY Librarians Association annual conference. Can those of you that have acted as official and unofficial bloggers at conference make any recommendations? I read the blogging going on from Computers in Libraries and found it quite interesting. Any suggestions on best practices or how to coordinate such an effort?"
Submitted by Blake on March 22, 2005 - 11:02am
Jane Dysart has some Hot News!
SLA is looking at blogging their annual conference in Toronto, June 5-8.
If you are planning to attend the conference and blog the event, please let her know!
Submitted by rochelle on March 17, 2005 - 11:43pm
Submitted by Blake on March 10, 2005 - 7:40pm
Anonymous Patron writes "From The Naples Sun Times on the Writers' Conference held Feb. 26 and 27 at the Bellasera Resort in Florida. One hundred people enjoyed lunch with Sen. George McGovern who spoke about his book The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition. Several hundred attended the cocktail reception. Fifty people dined with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, and on Sunday fans enjoyed lunch with Tim Dorsey author of Torpedo Juice."
Submitted by Blake on February 18, 2005 - 6:05am
Anonymous Patron writes "Taipei Times Reports on The Taipei International Book Exhibition which just opened the 13th chapter in its history earlier this week with a bevy of international and local publishing houses once again temporarily transforming The Taipei World Trade (TWTC) into Asia's biggest bookstore."
Submitted by Blake on February 11, 2005 - 1:12pm
Internet Librarian International is back in London again this year, on 10 - 11 October, at the Copthorne Tara Hotel. Make a note in your diary now and plan to attend to listen, learn, and network with your colleagues from around the world.
Internet Librarian International is a unique conference for information professionals who want to update their skills and learn about new strategies, products, and technology for finding, organising, and managing information resources.
This yearâ€™s conference programme will focus on electronic content and tools and strategies for connecting people and information resources in a digital world.
Submitted by rochelle on January 15, 2005 - 1:48pm
Got into Boston late last night, delayed by half a day, due to bailing out my waterlogged basement. But, I'm here and ready to confab at ALA's Midwinter Meeting. For those of you dying for a play-by-play, there is an official conference blog, sponsored by PLA. Looks like others have been busy and earnest in their attendance and citizen-reportage. Lots of good stuff!