ALA Cognotes 2016 Midwinter Meeting Highlights - (Page 1)
MIDWINTER MEETING & EXHIBITS
January 8-12, 2016
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AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Senator Booker Delivers
Impassioned Address on
Libraries as Sanctuary, Equalizer
Fiona Soltes, Cognotes
n 2010, dealing with an $83 million
budget gap, then-Mayor of Newark Cory
Booker found himself faced with cutting
25 percent of the New Jersey city's government jobs. Libraries were particularly hard hit,
with reductions in services as well as workers.
The man who addressed a standing-roomonly crowd at the ALA President's Program
during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Bos-
ton, however, spoke passionately about what
libraries had meant in his own life, how a
particular high school librarian had been one
of the "greatest heroes" of his education, and
how libraries were "treasures for all." It was
the state, he said, that forced cut after cut -
including those at the libraries.
"I'm standing before people who understand, who are in the trenches every day...
that libraries are not something that it's nice
to have, but they are an essential, bedrock
element of this democracy," he said.
Booker, now a U.S. senator, gave a rousing, impassioned speech, often interrupted by
applause from the audience. His first book,
United, will be released in February, and seeing it on the shelves of that same high school
library, he said, will be the fulfillment of a
ALA President Sari Feldman, in introducing Booker, noted that his call for transformation fit with the librarian perspective on open
access, freedom, and democracy.
Booker was educated at Stanford University, Yale Law School, and the University
of Oxford. But his parents, among the first
African-American executives at IBM in the
1960s, never let him forget the family's roots.
As such, he has championed causes such as
internet access for all; individual opportunity;
the importance of second chances for the
formerly incarcerated; and being personally
involved in improving the rights of others.
Some of those lessons have been hard-
U.S. Senator Cory Booker
YMA Awards Announced
Attendees applauded as winners were announced during
the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) on Monday January
11. The YMA - a can't-miss event at the ALA Midwinter
Meeting & Exhibits - drew more than 1,500 attendees.
(See pages 8 and 9 for the complete list of winners).
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Chelsea Clinton Inspires
Librarians at Closing Session
New book encourages kids
to make a difference in their
Terra Dankowski, American Libraries
ou might think Chelsea Clinton's
famous political parentage inspired
her sense of action, but truth is,
she's been curious, passionate, and engaged
since before her dad and mom got to the
White House. Clinton spoke of her inspirations and her new book at the Midwinter
Closing session on Monday January 11.
As a child, Clinton read the newspaper
with her Cheerios in the morning. She
wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan about the
Bitburg Cemetery controversy, stamped
with rainbow and heart stickers "as a gesture
of goodwill," she said. Her grandmother,
Dorothy, was a big influence, particularly
when it came to education access issues.
And she cites 50 Simple Things Kids Can
Do To Save the Earth as the book that empowered her to care for the environment.
These inspirations are evident in Clinton's latest children's book, It's Your World:
Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going! (Penguin Young Readers, 2015),
which she promoted to a packed room at
the Closing Session. Penguin distributed
complimentary copies of the book, recommended for ages 10-14, which covers topics
such as poverty, homelessness, gender equality, and epidemics. The book encourages
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