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2014 Annual Convention: Libraries — The Crossroads of Information and Literacy

2014 Convention LogoThank you for joining us at the 2014 Convention! We hope everyone had a great time.


2014 Convention Chair: Paula Sue Whittaker Laurita, Athens-Limestone Public Library


Our 2014 Annual Convention was held at the Embassy Suites and Von Braun Center in Huntsville on April 22 - 25, 2014.


We hope everyone had a wonderful time.





See the 2014 Annual Convention's Program/Schedule for complete details.


Welcome Reception

Yellowhammer BreweryThe Welcome Reception was held at the Yellowhammer Brewery on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The Reception was sponsored by Book Systems. Award-winning Competition Barbeque provided by Scott & Suzanne Burton of Book Systems.





Opening Session with Esther Grassian

Esther GrassianThis year's Opening Session will feature Esther Grassian. Ms. Grassian's "The Case of the Missing Librarians" will include discussions and policymaking about current hot topics, like the Common Core Standards, privacy issues and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) often take place without us. Why? Librarians are on the front lines in many types of libraries, and are highly experienced with information access, user confidentiality, and teaching and learning. But, we seem to be invisible when it comes to developing major issues of national and international importance, including new policies and programs in education and national security. How can we jumpstart new thinking about librarians, and our expertise regarding all of these issues? Solving this mystery could lead to respect for ourselves, respect for our profession, and most important, respect for the rights and lifelong learning needs of the general population.


Esther Grassian received an MLS in 1969 from the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She retired from the UCLA College Library in June 2011 after 41 years serving in a variety of reference, instruction and management positions, including Reference/Instruction Librarian, Electronic Services Coordinator, Instruction Coordinator, Interim Head of College Library, and Information Literacy Librarian. She was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1995 by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles Division, and in 1998, was granted Distinguished Librarian status by the UCLA Library.


Her publications include the ACRL Instruction Section’s 2004 award-winning Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice (2001; second edition 2009), as well as Learning to Lead and Manage Information Literacy Instruction (2005), and the “Information Literacy Instruction” article in the 3d edition of The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2010), all co-authored with Joan R. Kaplowitz. She also wrote Thinking Critically About World Wide Web Resources (1995) and Thinking Critically About Web 2.0 & Beyond (2006). In addition, she created Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking! , a site which includes many of her exercises, handouts and slideshows, all freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Ms. Grassian has also done a number of presentations and workshops, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, including the keynote for the 2010 Georgia Conference on Information Literacy.


Author Awards

The 2014 winning authors are:

McKinstry, Rev Dr. Carolyn Maull. While the World Watched. [nonfiction]

Morris, Michael. Man in the Blue Moon. [fiction]

Golden, Laura. Every Day After. [juvenile]

Echols, Jennifer. Dirty Little Secret. [young adult]


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.


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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