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Format: 06/26/2017 - 10pm
Format: 06/26/2017 - 10pm
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Friday, June 28 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Opening General Session featuring Steven D. Levitt Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
Behind Registration, Hall B1
Description :

Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the upcoming Think Like A Freak and of the smash #1 international bestseller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, promises to turn your brain inside out before the conference even starts. He’s likely get your problem-solving juices flowing to the benefit of you and your library, showing how applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask, but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Think Like A Freak (October 2013), a “must-have handbook for decision making,” intends to radically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create, and the morals we choose and show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. They also offer entertaining and practical insights, from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed—With No Talent.”

Steven Levitt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, known for his work in the field of crime, and was co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. In January, 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline. He was chosen as one of Timemagazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006 and in 2009, co-founded The Greatest Good, a business and philanthropy consulting company.

Levitt’s presentation is part of the conference’s Opening General Session, where ALA President Maureen Sullivan and others welcome attendees and set the stage for the coming days.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jaron Lanier Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

The revolutionary ways in which technology has transformed our culture have also transformed and continue to transform libraries. Bestselling author of “You Are Not a Gadget,” the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, Jaron Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict these changes for decades.

Lanier kicks off the Auditorium Speaker Series talking about his visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy, asserting that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class—an argument laid out in his new book, “Who Owns the Future?” Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth, challenges that affect libraries and librarians in a multitude of ways. Lanier charts an alternative to allowing technology to own our future, outlining a path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow, making the point that he considers it time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.

The ideas and questions in “Who Owns the Future?” are insightful and provocative for everyone who lives a part of their lives online—which surely includes every ALA Annual Conference attendee.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Khaled Hosseini Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Everyone will be reading, recommending, and talking this season about Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, his first new novel in more than six years. Take this outstanding chance to hear one of the world’s most widely read and beloved novelists, so you can go back and share insights with patrons, students, and book clubs. The Afghan-born novelist and physician is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, with more than 38 million copies sold in more than 70 countries.

And the Mountains Echoed (May 2013, Riverhead Books) is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations, exploring the many ways families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Hosseini is sure to inspire interest in more than his books. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Sponsored by Penguin

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
10:30am - 12:00pm
AASL President's Program with Mark Edwards Presidents program, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S105d
Description :

Mark Edwards, the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year and recent host to President Obama during the announcement of the White House’s ConnectED initiative will speak on the fundamental rethinking of teaching and learning he has led as superintendent of the Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District (MGSD).
To create a vibrant new learning environment and achieve outstanding academic results in MGSD, Edwards launched an innovative digital conversion project. This 1:1 laptop program has provided 6,000 laptops to all 3rd – 12th graders and their teachers within the school district in the last five years. Edwards also established intense and ongoing professional training for Mooresville educators and implemented curricular changes with raised expectations for collaboration between educators in the schools.

10:30am - 12:00pm
Presidents' Program: Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times (ACRL / LLAMA) Presidents program, Speaker series, Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S105a-c
Description :

Based on three decades of leadership consultation to business organizations, clinical psychologist, global pioneer of executive coaching, author and poet, Dr. Karol M. Wasylshyn, will discuss her leadership research and experiences working with senior leaders. With an eye toward the potential applicability of her findings to the challenges facing leaders in libraries of all kinds, she will describe three common patterns of leadership behavior and illustrate them through free verse or what she terms leadership vignettes. Attendees will be invited to consider their own ways of leading through this provocative use of metaphorical thought.

Saturday, June 29 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Ping Fu Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Get inspired by Ping Fu’s journey from her family’s suffering during China’s Cultural Revolution to becoming a top American innovator and tech entrepreneur who founded Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company.

If you’re currently considering or implementing maker programs in your library, this program will resonate as more than an incredible personal story. “I was a maker all along,” she said in an interview with MAKE Magazine. She says that making and craftsmanship are highly revered in China and her experience working in Mao’s factories led to her interest in connecting software to the physical world, that in turn became her vision for Geomagic and 3D technology.

Ping Fu’s remarkable story of personal and business resilience is told in her memoir Bend,Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds Portfolio/Penguin). The book relates how she was separated during China’s Cultural Revolution from her parents at age eight, was forced to work in factories rather than get a school education, and ultimately exiled at 25 when she came to the U.S. She quickly made a new life for herself as an entrepreneur, worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and AT&T Bell Labs,and is a member of President Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board member of Long Now Foundation.

Sponsored by Portfolio/Penguin

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring John Lewis Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Congressman John Lewis is eager to reach a new generation of Americans with the story of his legendary role as one of the so-called “Big Six” leaders in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, remains a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He believes that the nonfiction comic book format of his autobiographical three-volume project March will effectively engage readers with the story of the Movement and help document the extreme violence faced by himself and other Civil Rights activists. Attending this session will help you discover why he chose the comic book format, how the project grew to three volumes, and offer you insights into March, books you’ll likely be recommending and building programs around. Lewis will be joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and comic book artist Nate Powell for the second half of the program to discuss their collaboration on March.

Lewis consistently challenged the injustice of Jim Crow segregation and was a key leader and organizer, involved in many important and often violent protest marches. Among many other courageous acts, he helped organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, participated in the Freedom Rides, was at the age of 23 an architect of and a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, led a group of marchers across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, and was instrumental in voter registration programs which faced dangerously hostile opposition.

As Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative since 1987, he has continued to fight for social justice. He previously held other high-level positions, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. His 1999 memoir Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy, Lillian Smith, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His most recent book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

Andrew Aydin currently serves in Rep. John Lewis’ Washington, D.C. office handling Telecommunications and Technology policy as well as New Media. Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer who began self-publishing at age 14. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name. He contributed to the fundraising fiction anthology What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur with some of the world’s foremost writers of YA fiction, is currently drawing the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, and is working on his own forthcoming graphic novel Cover, and assembling the short story collection You Don’t Say.

Sponsored by Top Shelf Comix

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The RUSA President’s Program with Lee Rainie Presidents program, Speaker series, Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S105a-c
Description :

Just how well do you know the people who use your library? Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, shares the latest data about how our clientele are interacting with information technology. Learn about patron preferences and behaviors during this program. Then, join Mr. Rainie and library leaders on Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am, to discuss how the data may influence your library's future.

Add the Sunday follow-up discussion** to your schedule: http://ala13.ala.org/node/11269

**Selected as a "top pick" event by Library Journal!

Sunday, June 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Temple Grandin Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Temple Grandin-- diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1949 and now one of the world’s most influential,accomplished, and well known adults with autism -- will inspire and inform as you think about serving the wide range of your library’s users. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. She is a bestselling author, doctor of animal science, and autism activist who believes that “We need different kinds of minds to work together. People who are interested in things and people who are interested in concepts complement each others’ skills.”

Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed—but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. In her new book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum (April, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), she brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution, weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries. She also finds a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people.

You’ll find out at this program why a visual thinker like Grandin would never have put the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant emergency generators for cooling pumps in an area that could be flooded, or have sacrificed the stability of the Deepwater Horizon platform or placed a flammable lithium-ion battery in a tight metal box on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Grandin was recently named a Time Magazine Top 100 Hero. Her four previous books include the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois, is a professor at Colorado State University, and is a sought-after speaker whose work has been covered by the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most, the HBO movie based on her life and starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Giada De Laurentiis Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

You’re likely to have a mouth-watering experience when you hear Giada De Laurentiis--Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, and Giada at Home, author of six cookbooks, and more—on Sunday, June 30, 10:30-11:00 am.

Born in Rome, De Laurentiis grew up in a big Italian family that spent a lot of time together in the kitchen, where she discovered her love of cooking. She honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles before founding her own catering company. Her new deliciously fun “Recipe for Adventure” book series with Penguin Young Readers Group is about a brother and sister whose lives take a magical turn when their fabulous great aunt comes to live with them. The books are a perfect blend of adventure, humor, and foods that middle grade readers know and love. The first two books in the series, Naples! and Paris! will be published in Fall 2013, each one inspired by the author’s love of a certain city and/or cuisine.

De Laurentiis has served as a celebrity Ambassador for the international relief organization, Oxfam America, highlighting the struggles of the billion people around the world who are chronically hungry.

Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation Author Event, Presidents program, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Ann Patchett is a super-champion of books and reading, known not only for writing award-winning, compelling and thoughtful books, but also for eschewing the trend and opening Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, when all the other bookstores in town had closed. At the time she said she wondered if she was "opening an ice shop in the age of Frigidaire," but instead the store garnered reviews as glowing as her books, and headlines in national media like “The Bookstore Strikes back.”

Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction, and her titles frequently hit the New York Times bestseller list. Her books include “Bel Canto," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "State of Wonder";"Run"; "Truth & Beauty";"The Magician’s Assistant"; "The Patron Saint of Liars," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and "Taft," which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Patchett appears as the featured speaker in the PLA President’s Program. Preceding her presentation, 11 PLA award winners will be recognized and celebrated.

Sponsored by HarperCollins

Sunday, June 30 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cory Doctorow: More than a Book-lined Internet Cafe Presidents program, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S105a-c
Description :

LITA President Zoe Stewart-Marshall welcomes digital rights activist, science fiction writer and Boing Boing co-editor, Cory Doctorow. This lively, thought-provoking talk will look at how libraries can and do stand on the front lines of the debate over the role of free information, and free information technology in ensuring the healthy maintenance of a free society. And yes, he will talk about DRM.

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of young adult novels like PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

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Monday, July 1 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are sure to provoke important questions and discussion when they talk about their recent joint project, “The Untold History of the United States.” A thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history, it is a companion to the Showtime documentary series that challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books. Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented “People’s History of the American Empire,” arguing that we must face our history forthrightly in order to set a new course for the 21st century. Stone and Kuznick are also eager to talk to and with librarians about what they see as the current sorry state of history books available to middle and high school students.

Oliver Stone has won numerous Academy Awards for his work on such iconic films as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Salvador, and W. Peter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, currently serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
10:30am - 12:00pm
Confessions of a Digital Packrat: ALCTS President's Program with Erin McKean Presidents program, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S105
Description :

How do you let go of digital data when every word of every book might be the one piece of evidence you need to make a dictionary entry complete? What does it mean for transformative uses like lexicography when there are so many different digital storehouses available (with varying degrees of difficulty). What makes a digital collection attractive to packrats like me?

Erin McKean is the founder of Wordnik.com and the former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press. In her "spare" time she writes, sews, blogs, and writes books about dresses, including The Secret Lives of Dresses (Grand Central, 2011) and The Hundred Dresses (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Monday, July 1 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Alice Walker Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist, and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender, and other topics. When you attend this session, you’ll also find out about two new books that the New Press is pleased to present in 2013: “The Cushion in the Road” (essays) and “The World Will Follow Joy” (poems). Publishers’ Weekly has named “The Cushion in the Road” one of their top ten "literary biography, essay and criticism" titles of the season.

Walker is perhaps best known for her literary fiction, including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple.” She is also the author of many volumes of poetry and powerful nonfiction collections, including “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” and “The Chicken Chronicle” (both available from The New Press).

Her activism and advocacy for the dispossessed have spanned the globe and earned her a 1997 Humanist of the Year award. Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and credits him for her decision to return to the American South and get involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Among other activist undertakings, she marched in the 1963 March on Washington, volunteered to register black voters in Georgia and Mississippi, was arrested in 2003 for crossing a police line during an anti- Iraq-war protest rally outside the White House, and traveled to Gaza with the anti-war group Code Pink in 2009.

Sponsored by The New Press

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mark Frauenfelder and Maker Monday Speaker series, Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S106a
Description :

We have a rich history of making in our country and lately we have witnessed a return to that culture. The early 2000’s represented phase one of that rebirth, and might be called “modern” making: people making cool stuff for the love of making. The last five years people have begun making new tools and technologies, enabling anyone to be a maker. Creating access to these tools and materials as well as the opportunity to share and collaborate with others is essential to the maker experience. Starting with a brief but colorful history of 19th and 20th century making, Mark Frauenfelder will present the new tools and technologies that are driving innovation and giving individuals and small groups the ability to create amazing things that would've been out of their reach a few years ago. He then will present new, inexpensive, and effective ways to conduct research and development, design prototypes, and set up manufacturing at home, and in makerspaces, libraries, schools, companies, and other spaces.

Mark Frauenfelder is the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine (http://makezine.com), and the founder of Boing Boing (http://boingboing.net). He's the former editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and was an editor at Wired magazine and Wired Books from 1993-1998. He was Playboy magazine's technology columnist for three years. He has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wrap Up Rev Up Celebration with Janis Ian Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Tuesday, July 2 - 9:30am

9:30am - 11:00am
Closing General Session featuring Octavia Spencer Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Find out what Octavia Spencer has recently been busy with—including appearing on 30 Rock and writing her first novel. Spencer is keynote speaker at the Closing General Session. She’ll be talking (among other things) about her upcoming first novel, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (October 2013, Simon & Schuster).

In the book, Randi Rhodes is a 12-year-old Brooklyn vigilante with a black belt, who has moved to Tennessee after her mother dies and must solve a mystery in the town. Spencer, who was a fan of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown growing up, said in a statement quoted in USA Today, "My biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery."

A veteran character actor and one of Hollywood’s most-sought-after talents, Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors.

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Maureen Sullivan will pass the gavel to the 2013-14 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling and introduce new Division Presidents. The Closing General Session will be immediately followed by the elegant Inaugural Brunch honoring Stripling and the new Division Presidents. This ticketed brunch includes food, entertainment, and more.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)