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2013 Annual Convention: Alabama Libraries: Find Your Voice!

Thank you for joining us at the 2013 Convention! We hope everyone had a great time.

2013 Convention Chair: Paul Blackmon, H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College

Our 2013 Annual Convention was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery on April 23-26, 2013. We hope everyone had a wonderful time. If you are interested in purchasing one of the "Find Your Voice!" T-shirts, they are available at ALLA' Online store at Cafe Press.

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Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is currently scheduled to be held on the 8th Floor of the Renaissance Hotel at the East pool deck. There is a charge for this reception of $18.00. There will be a separate cash bar. If you want to attend, you must register and purchase a ticket. Please check the final Convention program for final schedule and complete details.

Opening Session with Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsely Johnson This year's Opening Session will feature Rheta Grimsley Johnson. Ms. Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories. In past reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won national awards. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting (1983), the Headliner Award for commentary (1985), the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary (1982). In 1986 she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. In 1991 Johnson was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America’s Faces (1987) and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000 she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia. A native of Colquitt, Ga., Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Ala., studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. In December 2010, Johnson married retired Auburn University history professor Hines Hall.

President's Program

Karin Slaughter This year's President's Program will be a luncheon that will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 12:00-2:00 pm.Karin Slaughter (born January 6, 1971) is an American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted (2001) became an international success, was published in almost 30 languages, and made the Crime Writers' Association's Dagger Award shortlist for "Best Thriller Debut" of 2001. She has sold more than 30 million copies of her books, and is published in 32 languages.Fractured, the second novel in the Will Trent series, debuted at number one in the UK and the Netherlands, and was the number one adult fiction title in Australia. At the same time, Faithless (Gottlos) published in Germany at number one. Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community. Now residing in Atlanta, she is widely credited with coining the term "investigoogling" in 2006. Slaughter is currently part of a "Save the Libraries" event that benefits the DeKalb County Public Library.

Author Awards

The 2013 winning authors are: 

Brown, Mike. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming. [nonfiction]

Knight, Michael. The Typist. [fiction]

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. [young adult]

Association Awards

The Association Award Winners were:

  • Eminent Librarian Award: Renee Blalock, Birmingham Public Library
  • Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Henry Stewart, Troy University
  • Public Servant Award: Willis Bradford, Autauga-Prattville Public Library
  • Library Roll of Honor: Susan Markham, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library; Rickie Brunner, Alabama Department of Archives & History; and Kate Ragsdale, University of Alabama
  • Merit Award: The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Humanitarian Award: Drew Burgin, Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County
  • Intellectual Freedom Award: Amy Maliska, Thomas B. Norton Public Library

Join us in congratulating all of our 2013 award winners!

Exhibitors and Sponsors at the 2013 Annual Convention


Britannica Digital
331 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654-2682
800- 621-3900
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative
P.O. Box 681570
Prattville, AL 36068


AGATI Furniture
1219 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312.829.1977 phone
ALA (American Library Association)
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois  60611-2795
ALLA (Alabama Library Association)
9154 Eastchase Pkwy.
Suite 418
Montgomery, AL 36117
APLS (Alabama Public Library Service)
6030 Monticello Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36130
Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36117-2752
ASA (Alabama Supercomputer Authority)
686 Discovery Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35806
AVL (Alabama Virtual Library)
AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc.)
2501 Seaport Dr., SH410
Chester, PA 19013
Book Systems
4901 University Square, Suite 3
Huntsville, AL 35816
500 Arch St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Burrow Library Services
408 Turrer Rd.
Pell City, AL 35128
Children's Plus
1387 Dutch American Way
Beecher, IL 60401
Document Storage Solutions
P.O. Box 16587
Jackson, MS 39236
Post Office Box 1943
Birmingham, AL 35201-1943
27500 Drake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
HealthInfoNet of Alabama
c/o UAB Lister Hill Library, 1720 2nd Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
McWane Science Center
200 19th Street N.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Mulberry, Inc.
5812 Riverstone Circle
Atlanta, GA 30339
New South Books
105 South Court St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Ovid Technologies
333 7th Ave
20th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
789 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Recorded Books
270 Skipjack Rd.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
SELA (Southeastern Libraries Association)
P.O. Box 950
Rex, GA 30273
678-466-4334 phone
300 North Ashton Blvd., Suite 500
Lehi, UT 84043
SLIS (School of Library & Information Studies)
The University of Alabama
Special Libraries Association—AL Chapter
Karen Croneis, 2013 SLA Alabama Chapter President
c/o UA McLure Education Library
918 University Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266
Springer US
233 Spring St.
New York, NY 10013
TEI Landmark Audio
5160 E. 65th St., Suite 115
Indianapolis, IN 46220
University of West Alabama
UWA Station 54
Livingston, AL 35470
205-652 -5445
2355 Polaris Lane N., Suite 100
Plymouth, MN 55447
(877) 656-6021 
World Book
233 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601

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