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American Library Association Conference comes to Las Vegas June 26-July 1

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The oldest and largest library association in the world is the American Library Association (ALA.)

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The ALA provides advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users as well as association information, news, and events. ALA Annual Conference programs, staged in different cities each year, feature updates, conversations, and other programs that deal with key issues. In addition to speakers and panel discussions, the exhibit hall is filled with booths of publishers, writers’ organizations, libraries, Library of Congress and Copyright information and a host of other exhibitors relative to books and libraries.

This year the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109 will be the site of the Conference. Some topics covered during ALA conferences are the impact of innovation and transformation of the publishing industry, ebook lending and usability, digital content, community engagement and leadership. Discussions cover potential of new technologies, books and awards, copyright, outreach, privacy and services to name a few. The ALA Conference offers a wide range of networking opportunities and fun events. Attendance is generally in the range of 25,000 including full and day program attendees and exhibitors.

People always want to know about Las Vegas and The Mob influences. Julie Okaybayashi of Clark County Library brings the panel discussion “Las Vegas & The Mob” (listed as “Mob Panel” in the program) to the Conference on Saturday at 10:00 am on the Pop Top Stage. Moderated by Geoff Schumacher, Director of Content Development for the Mob Museum, panelists include Frank Cullotta (Hole in the Wall Gang—In My Own Words), Tony Montana (The Real Tony Montana—Life in the Chicago Outfit), Morgan St. James (co-author La Bella Mafia—Bella Capo’s Shocking True Story), and Geno Munari, CEO Houdini Publishing. The panelists will share Mob stories up to the present time.

The mission of ALA, founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services. It enhances the profession of librarianship through education and professional development of all library staff members.

It is particularly important in this recovering economy that the Association advocates funding and policies to support libraries as great democratic institutions—facilities to serve people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability.

This conference is not open to the public, although non-members of the ALA may attend. Registration information on the ALA Membership page includes rates for registering on-site, full conference and day rates.

ALA membership is open to individuals, organizations and non-profits, as well as businesses interested in working together to ensure a stable future of libraries, librarians, and the profession.

There are a variety of memberships meeting the needs of librarians, library workers, libraries and organizations, students, joint ALA-Chapter packages, organizations, friends, trustees, retired, unemployed, and corporations - along with opportunities to join divisions and round tables that meet specific professional needs and interests.

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Morgan St. James is the author of eleven books and over 500 published articles related to the business and craft of writing. For more information about her and a list of her books visit www.morganstjames-author.com.

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