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2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE MAY 2012

J.R. Martinez to Present Closing Keynote

This year's closing event at the Annual Conference in Anaheim features a new twist.

In addition to the Closing General Session presentation by the remarkable J.R. Martinez, ALA President Molly Raphael will also pass the gavel with the announcement of the 2012-2013 ALA President Maureen Sul-livan and Division Presidents during the morning session.

Long before he won legions of fans as the 2011 winner of Dancing With the Stars, Martinez was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story. While serving in Iraq in 2003, the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine leaving him trapped inside the burning vehicle. Suffering smoke inhalation and severe burns to over 40 percent of his body, Martinez spent the next 34 months in recovery, undergoing 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery. He decided to use his experience to help others, visiting with several of the patients in the hospital, sharing his story and listening to theirs.

He started to get noticed by the national media as he began speaking at events all over the country. His message of resilience and optimism inspired a wide variety of organizations, from corporations to veterans groups and schools. Martinez's new book Full of Heart will be released November 2012. Martinez's appearance is sponsored by Hyperion Books.

After the event, join ALA President Molly Raphael in honoring incoming President Maureen Sullivan and Division Presidents-Elect at this new exciting Inaugural Brunch.

The reduced ticket price encourages all to attend. Click here to learn more.

Closing General Session and Inaugural Event
Tuesday, June 26
9:30-11:00 a.m.

John Irving,
David Weinberger,
Chris Colfer, Dan Rather
and more!

J.R. Martinez

Anaheim, California; the Anaheim Convention Center and nearby hotels are the venues for the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Enjoy Southern California's climate and attractions, June 21-26. Click here to find out all that the area has to offer!


Annual Conference Exhibits Open Friday

The Exhibits will be located in the Anaheim Convention Center, Halls A-C, with the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting to be held on Friday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. following the Opening General Session.

The ALA Annual Conference Exhibits with more than 1500 booths featuring products and services designed to help you manage the library. Your ALA Exhibitors are eager to discuss how they can help make your library even better. The ALA Annual Conference Exhibits is your one-stop shopping for all of your library needs.

» see page 6 for the complete exhibit company listing and floor plan.


MacKinnon Warns Of Lack of Privacy In the Internet Age

The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web's empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon.

In Consent of the Networked, journalist and Internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that it is time to fight for our rights before they are sold,

» see page 4

Opening General Session
Friday, June 22
4:00-5:15 p.m.

Rebecca MacKinnon
(photo by Brooke Bready)


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