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Attend the talks you voted for at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

NEWS For Immediate Release April 17, 2013

Contact: Mary Mackay

CHICAGO - Public voting for 36 “Conversation Starter” talks and “Ignite” sessions has determined which are added to this year’s Annual Conference program.

Conversation Starter talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they’re most passionate about in the library world and inspire the audience to join them. Each five-minute Ignite talk is accompanied by 20 slides, each displayed for 15 seconds, with slides advancing automatically. Conversation Starters and Ignite Sessions will be held throughout the conference at McCormick Place, Room S102d.  You can find more details in the Preliminary Program.

Conversation Starter presenters include:  Alexandra Van Doren, Bethany Tschaepe, Allison Tran,  Erica Compton, James Kennedy, Emily Clasper, Annie Pho, Sam McBane Mulford, Christopher Lawton, Richard Le, George Aulisio, Kate Tkacik, Kelly Jensen, Sarah Houghton, Amy Koester, Julie Bartel and Jason Priem. The wider range of emerging topics and trends they’ll be addressing include New Adult fiction, Tumblr for libraries, the future of scholarly publishing, great apps for mobile reference, leadership, energizing staff development, maker spaces, augmented reality and more.

Ignite session presenters include: Valerie Hill, Mandy Knapp, Shanna Miles, Kimberly Ventrella, Susan Schreiner, Lily Rozaklis, Nicole Kong, Greta Wood, Katherine Adelberg, Lauren Douglass, Casey Rawson, Victoria Rakowski, Laura Deal, Amanda Meeks, Peter Murray, Steve Kemple, Thomas Maluck and Elizabeth DeCoster. Their topics range across geospatial data services, fair use, STEM, collaborative training, manga, experimental music, community, Chromebooks, teen humor, creativity in reference services and more.

The public votes counted for 30 percent of the selection process; staff votes accounted for another 30 percent; the remaining 40 percent were an advisory group of ALA members.

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