Lois Lowry at ALA Annual

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA. Photo Credit: Matt McKee

President’s Program Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:30-5:30 Lois Lowry Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers I am pleased to announce that Lois Lowry will be the speaker at the Presidential Program. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the year The Giver won the Newbery Medal and 2014 is also the year the feature …

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Social Media Campaign for the Declaration

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is about to go viral, but we need your help! Over the past few months, we have been developing a social media campaign to help launch the Declaration into the public awareness. We want to generate conversation about YOUR right to libraries and garner signatures in support of …

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Guest Post by Stephanie Prato: Entrepreneurial Librarianship

“There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” – Adora Svitak As Barbara highlights in her Presidential Initiative, libraries are about literacy, …

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Why Barb Stripling?

Syracuse University MLIS candidate Topher Lawton wrote a great post over on his blog (Multivariable Librarianship) about why he’s voting for me–and why other LIS students should, too! I’d like to thank Topher for his support, as well as all the wonderful students I’ve met through my virtual town halls these last few months. It …

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Crowdsourcing – A Library Phenomenon?

A doctoral student at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, Andrea Wiggins, successfully defended her dissertation today. She studied citizen science and the discussion touched on the idea of crowdsourcing. I started thinking about the concept of crowdsourcing in the context of libraries. I know that crowdsourcing is “in” right now. I try not to …

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Barb Stripling – A Strong Library Leader

I have been asked why I accepted the nomination to run for ALA President.  My reasons go to the heart of why I believe you will decide that you want to vote for me. First, I bring a deep commitment to the power of librarians and libraries to change lives.  Through a long career as …

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Conversations with our Future Librarians

As a part of my campaign for the ALA presidency, I decided to go ahead and put into place some of my ideas about increasing the inclusiveness of ALA.  I have been conducting virtual town halls with students in graduate library programs.  What a wonderful opportunity to see the future of our profession! In our …

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Guest post by Loranne Nasir: Meeting with Student Chapter Shows Enthusiastic Crop of Up-and-Coming Librarians

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an SU student in my second semester of the MLIS program who has been lucky enough to work closely with Barbara on this campaign, and she has graciously agreed to let me write a guest post sharing my experiences. In addition to getting to know my …

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Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom

Last October, I flew from New York City halfway across the country to testify as an expert witness in an ACLU suit against a school district that was using an Internet filter that actively discriminated against LGBT sites.  I am happy to say that in February, the judge granted a preliminary injunction against the school …

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Town Hall with Academic Librarians: Measuring and Communicating Value

I just had the pleasure of conducting a town hall meeting with academic librarians at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College here in central New York. I briefly shared my background in libraries and ALA and then highlighted the key points of my presidential focus on Transforming ALA, Transforming Libraries, and Transforming Communities. The concept …

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