December 20, 2014

Libraries Should Be What Users Want—With a Little Help from Librarians | Editorial

As many of us here at LJ gear up to attend the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the future of libraries.

LJ’s Guide to the ALA Annual 2012 Program

Photos c/o Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

The annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) returns to Anaheim, June 22–26. That site will bring cheers from Disney lovers and tourists, but you’ll hear a few shouts of “enough already” from the hard-core ALA cadre and leaders who get off on playing ALA politics and from the younger party crowd who meet in the pubs and bars when ALA convenes in an urban center. Librarians are inventive, and we hear that they plan to find ways to meet those needs regardless. The conference program this year is a strong one, with education, information, and entertainment for every librarian’s taste, even the most obsessed professional.

Anaheim Restaurant Guide: Choice Eats for ALA Conference-Goers

Savory and Satisfying: Anaheim's panoply of eateries near the Convention Center (l.) include Joe's Crab Shack, boiling up—what else?—crabs!

Anaheim’s resort area has restaurants galore. Just about any cuisine you crave can be found in this lively neighborhood. The trickiest thing might be getting to your destination (distances from the convention center are noted).