fredag den 26. juni 2015

Conference programs grown into phonebook size - 352-page #ALAAC15

After flying for 12 hours, we are now in San Francisco and redy for ALA Annual Conference. We have been registered and ready to start the inspiring program.
See Verdens mest inspirerende informations- og bibliotekskonference - ALA Annual Conference #ALAAC15 (danish) 
This year it has grown into phonebook size. 352-page program ....(explanation for the young ones: a phone book is a paper book from the old days where you had printed all names and phone numbers in the area)
See it yourself here

I just think we spend a couple of hours to put crosses at what we find most exciting. 

While we are waiting for today's main event
See my twitter  or the conference hastag #ALAAC15
Opening General Session with Special Keynote Speaker
Roberta Kaplan opens the conference on a high note as part of the conference's Opening General Session, where the ALA President and others welcome you to ALA Annual Conference and set the stage for the coming days.

Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan
Friday, June 26

Hear how Roberta A. Kaplan—with the help of a band of supporters extended equal rights and made America a more democratic nation. Kaplan will offer insights into how the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was defeated, how laws get overturned, and how change is made legally.  
“Robbie Kaplan has been involved in some of the most important legal developments of recent years,” notesThe Financial Times  When Edie Windsor called Roberta Kaplan to take on the case that would bring down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Kaplan did not hesitate, as gay advocates and other lawyers had.  InWindsor, the nation's highest court ruled that a key provision of DOMA violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage conferred under federal law.  Kaplan’s forthcoming book, “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” (Norton, Fall 2015), will offer a complete account of the success.
Described as a “litigation superstar,” a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and a “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture,” Kaplan is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, and is currently litigating the case against Mississippi’s gay marriage ban.  Selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers,” as well as a 2013 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Above The Law and the 2014 “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times, she was ranked as number 5 in this year's "Politico 50." 

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