Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial, April 7, 2014 - May 11, 2014

When: Monday, April 7, 2014
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square Branch, McKim Exhibition Hall

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston's most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.


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2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference: We're All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians through Professional Development

When: Friday, May 9, 2014
Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

The Association of College and Research Libraries - New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) announces its Spring 2014 Conference!

We're All in This Together: Strengthening Librarians through Professional Development

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

The job of an academic librarian involves supporting students and faculty in their varied academic pursuits. Our focus is on their needs; but to be successful, we must also focus on our needs. We best serve our constituents by being the best librarians we can be, but prioritizing and planning for our own professional development and growth is not always easy. How do we accomplish this?

Join us at the 2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference as we share ways to manage our professional development. Innovative presentation, workshops and panel discussions will cover such topics as, how to better connect library school students and new graduates with mentors within the profession; how to manage, communicate and adapt in a diverse work environment; how to become published; how to become library leaders.

Keynote speakers for 2014 are Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen, authors of Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career.

Treat yourself to some quality "Me Time" on May 9th, at the 2014 ACRL/NEC Annual Conference.

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2014 Lowell Lecture Series: Different Paths to Reading Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6 -7 pm
Where: Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library (Copley), Boston MA

Moderator Cathryn Mercier serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and the Director of the Children's Literature graduate degree programs and has held a variety of roles with the college since 1985.

Alexandra Kennedy is the Executive Director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, an art museum that celebrates picture books from around the world and offers educational programs that promote arts integration and literacy.

Sonia Nieto is the Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture for the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants, and other students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels. Lin's 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker's TODAY show Kid's Book Club and was a New York Times bestseller. Ling & Ting, her first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition: Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves, June 26-July 1, 2014

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

More information to come soon, but visit to learn more about registration, events, and exhibits.

American Association of School Librarians Fall Forum: School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, October 17-18, 2014

When: Friday, October 17, 2014
Where: St. Louis, Missouri

School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape is an exciting opportunity for school librarians to learn how to best support their communities while taking a prominent leadership role in navigating a new frontier. Much like a GPS helps you locate and find your way through an ever increasingly complex landscape, the school librarian locates and leads blended learning activities through the school library program. Whether you call it digital learning, blended learning, extended learning, expanded learning, or 24/7 learning the role of the school librarian is to locate new tools and activities and tether them back to institutional and curricular needs.

Participants at this 2-day intensive workshop will:
--Define the learning landscapes
--Identify the role of the school librarian and school library program in these landscapes
--Explore tools and resources to help school librarians guide anytime anywhere activities
--Develop action plans for creating anytime anywhere opportunities through the school library program

Visit to learn more!

12th International Conference on Learning: "Books, Publishing & Libraries," November 8-9, 2014

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Where: Simmons College, Boston MA

Annual conference examining the past, present, and future role of the book. Call for Papers now open for presentations, workshops, and more. Accepted proposals are eligible for submission to peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

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