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June 2014 Issue

Jane McGonigal, World-renowned Game Designer and Humanitarian, Opens 2014 ALA Annual Conference

Opening General Session Friday, June 27, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Jane McGonigal believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission; her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. This world-renowned and inspiring designer of alternate reality games - games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems - is the featured speaker at the Opening General Session on Friday, June 27, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m., and is sure to get attendees excited from the very start of the conference about the myriad possibilities for how serious games can be integrated into a variety of library programming.

McGonigal specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, including poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. She's a New York Times bestselling author (Reality is Broken: Why Games Make

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Jane McGonigal (photo by Bart Nagel)

The famous Las Vegas Strip awaits! The ALA Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas, June 27 - July 1. CLICK HERE to learn more about the city and nearby attractions. (Photo courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau).

Auditorium Speakers to Brighten Vegas

The Auditorium Speakers Series offers a rare opportunity to hear leading authors, thought-leaders, and experts from adult and youth fiction, technology, popular culture, and other areas offer these stimulating general sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, June 28 - 30, during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Jane Fonda Saturday, June 28 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Jane Fonda is a legendary Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress, successful producer, fitness guru, New York Times bestselling author, and activist and advocate on issues ranging from the environment to human rights. You might be less aware that her focus for almost 20 years has been on adolescent reproductive health and the empowerment of women and girls. Fonda will offer informative options for a large number of your patrons and students, drawing on her forthcoming book You, YourBody, Your Life when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker on Saturday, June 28, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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Ilyasah Shabazz will discuss her work on Sunday, June 29.

Exhibits Open Friday, Events and Stages Set

With more than 775 exhibiting organizations, multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the ALAExhibits are an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking. The exhibit hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.

Ribbon-Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception

The ALA Exhibits opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately following the Opening General Session on Friday, June 27 that

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