Barack Obama, accessible collections, serving veterans

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Lauren Geiger and Emily D. Harrison

“When we first were told that we needed to make our collections accessible, I asked … ‘How are we even going to do it?’” said Emily D. Harrison, digital projects specialist at Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries. The project seemed overwhelming, and she didn’t know where to start. Harrison and Lauren Geiger, metadata librarian at MSU Libraries, shared their experiences in improving accessibility in the university’s digital archives and special collections.


Brian Conn, Angela Maranville, Michael Steinmacher, Ben Sunds

For Angela Maranville, director of knowledge access and resource management at West Virginia University (WVU) Libraries in Morgantown, the transition from working as a radio communications analyst in the US Air Force back to civilian life wasn’t the easiest.


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Former US President Barack Obama will close Annual in conversation with Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Obama will discuss A Promised Land, the first volume of his presidential memoirs. Noon–1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.

Join Patricia “Patty” M. Wong, city librarian at Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library, as she marks the start of her term as the first Asian American to serve as ALA president. Registration required. 1–2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.


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ALA councilors will vote on key issues related to the organization’s governance and operations in Council III starting at 9 a.m. today. Before heading into , review our recaps of actions taken at and


Barack Obama

Before he was president of the United States, Barack Obama was a US senator from Illinois—and the Opening Session speaker at ALA’s 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago. Read an adaptation of his 2005 remarks and interview to get inspired.



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