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JUNE 23–28, 2016

JUNE 23-28





Celebrate with Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann, authors of the winning titles of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, will join Annual Conference attendees at the celebratory 2016 event on Saturday, June 25, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., at the Hilton Orlando. Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003 – described by Bruce Weber in the New York Times as “the most popular poet in America” – will be the featured speaker. Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the fiction medal, and Mann’s memoir, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs won the nonfiction medal. Mann and Nguyen will each speak after accepting their medals and $5,000 checks. The winning titles were announced for the first time at the Midwinter Meeting in January, 2016.

A conference highlight now in its fifth year, this popular Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence event includes the program hosted by the current selection committee chair, Donna Seaman, and a lively dessert and drinks reception where attendees mingle with winning authors, speakers, colleagues, editors, and ALA leaders. Other winners who have attended the event include Anthony Doerr, Timothy Egan, Richard Ford, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Donna Tartt, and Bryan Stevenson (of whose speech Publishers Weekly asked, “Is This the Greatest Book Award Acceptance Speech Ever?”). Featured speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karin Slaughter.

Tickets for the 2016 celebration are available at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference website when you register for the conference or may be added later. You can also purchase a table for 10 to enjoy the exciting evening with chosen friends and colleagues – get details about table reservations here.

The other 2016 shortlisted titles for nonfiction were H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald and The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf. The other 2016 shortlisted titles for fiction were The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. These four authors each receive a check for $1,500.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals were established in 2012 by the American Library Association and Carnegie Corporation of New York to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. in the previous year. They are the first single-book awards for adult titles given by ALA and are cosponsored and administered by Booklist and RUSA. For more information and to see past longlists, shortlists, and winners, visit Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The Michael L. Printz Program and Reception, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction celebration, and the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening respectively, allowing Annual Conference attendees to enjoy all three without conflicts.

Get more information and add this to your schedule now.


Orlando Welcomes ALA

Libraries Transform at the 2016 Annual Conference

The ALA national public awareness and advocacy campaign, Libraries Transform, encompasses how libraries and librarians are preparing for and leading change that transforms lives in the communities they serve. The Annual Conference offers many opportunities to learn more about the library of the future and how to lead change in your library. In addition to what’s listed here, you can use the Conference Scheduler at to find transformation-related sessions, programs, speakers, and events.

You can get involved in Libraries Transform while you’re in Orlando. Head over to the ALA Lounge and Networking Uncommons for Libraries Transform ribbons and stickers, and for some related fun activities including the chance to show your support of #Libraries-Transform by snapping a picture at the photo booth. Get ideas for how to implement the campaign in your library, learn about free tools and resources, and hear from some of the 2,700 libraries that have already signed up and the colleagues who are using them at the Libraries Transform: Tools and Training session, Saturday, June 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in ROS CENTRE-Salon 03/04. Visit to register for the campaign and get access to free tools and resources.

Here are some program highlights related to Libraries Transform. You can get more information and add these sessions to your schedule here.


Friday, June 24
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Auditorium Speaker Series
Saturday, Sunday & Monday
June 25-26-27

Library of the Future sessions, sponsored by the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries

Library of the Future sessions are designed to connect with innovators and change experts and help us understand trends that point to possible futures for library services, spaces, collections, and partnerships, Sessions take place in ROS PLAZA-Ballroom G.

Think Better: Attention in Education with Steelcase
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

How might research into the neuroscience of attention help us design spaces that minimize distraction and help learners focus. Presenter: Steve Slifka, National Architect & Design Leader, Steelcase Education

Learning with the Raspberry Pi Foundation
Saturday, June 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Libraries can play an important role in creating an affordable maker-focused culture that equips young people with STEAM skills and fosters a deep understanding of technology. Presenter: Matt Richardson, Product Evangelist, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Learning with the Harry Potter Alliance
Sunday, June 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Harry Potter Alliance to learn how fandom can spark civic engagement and motivate youth to action. Presenters: Janae Phillips, Chapters Director, The Harry Potter Alliance, and Katie Bowers, Campaigns Director, The Harry Potter Alliance

Learning with Matthew Broffman and Innovation at the City of Orlando
Monday, June 27, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Learn how the City of Orlando uses human-centered design to assess the needs of citizens and develop services and policies to be truly responsive to communities. Presenter: Matthew Broffman, Director of Innovation, City of Orlando

Additional Library of the Future Sessions include Learning with Gensler’s Approach to Community Engagement (Saturday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.); The Feasibility Study as a Catalyst for Change (Sunday, June 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.); Top Tools for Changemakers (Sunday, June 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.); and Learning with Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (Monday, June 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.).

Knight Foundation, “Knight News Challenge Libraries”

The Knight Foundation’s “Knight News Challenge on Libraries” has encouraged library professionals and library supporters to imagine the future of the profession. These sessions highlight several Knight News Challenge Libraries winners and partners on how they’re working to advance the future of libraries. Saturday sessions take place in HYATTBallroom T; Sunday sessions take place in HYATT – Windermere Ballroom W.

Let’s Get Physical: Online Learning, Face-to-Face
Saturday, June 25, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Hear how Chicago Public Library’s Learning Circles program keeps libraries at the center of the learning hub in an age of MOOCs and online education resources.

Presenter: Grif Peterson, Learning Lead, Peer 2 Peer University

Diverse Books From Across the Globe
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Libraries can play an important role in promoting voices from emerging markets and developing countries, making books available to new audiences as well as refugee populations and foreign language speakers across the United State Presenter: Rebecca McDonald, CEO, Library for All

Knight News Challenge Libraries – 2016 Challenge Winners Announcement

Saturday, June 25, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join representatives from the Knight Foundation as they announce the newest winners of the Knight News Challenge Libraries and host a panel discussion about transformational change happening in the library field.

Can I Use It? New Tools for Determining Rights and (Re)Use Status for our Digital Collections
Saturday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Two innovative projects – and the Copyright Review Management System – help libraries address rights and reuse status for growing digital collections.

Presenters: Emily Gore, Director of Content for the Digital Public Library of America; Greg Cram, Associate Director, Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library; Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan Library

Additional Knight News Challenge Libraries sessions include From Macro to Micro: How Small-Scale Digitization Can Make a Big Difference (Sunday, June 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.); Philanthropy and Libraries (Sunday, June 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.); and How to Implement Things When People Hate Change (Sunday, June 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.).

Look for more on Libraries Transform-related content at the Annual Conference in the onsite issues of Cognotes, Friday, June 24 – Monday, June 27.