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Breaking News: President Obama to Reveal Message to ALA Conference

President Barack ObamaOn Sunday, President Barack Obama will release a special video message to ALA Conference attendees.

The special message from the White House will air on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 8:30a.m. in the McCormick Convention Center, room South 100C. President Obama will discuss ways that libraries will serve as places where consumers seek information about the health insurance marketplace that will begin October 1, 2013.

Shortly after the video announcement, the ALA Washington Office will team up with several organizations and government agencies to host “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1,” a session that will teach library leaders how to serve patrons with the new Affordable Care Act program. The session will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 1:00—2:30p.m. in McCormick Place Convention Center room S501BCD.

Session speakers include Jackie Garner, Medicaid consortium administrator; Susan Hildreth, director of Institute of Museum and Library Services; Ruth Holst, associate director at the National Network of Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Kendra Morgan, senior program manager, OCLC Webjunction.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.


  1. ThirteenthLetter ThirteenthLetter

    Since when is it the job of librarians to prop up this administration?

  2. ALA is working with the Center for Medicare Services to ensure that libraries are prepared for the number of patrons who need help understanding the Affordable Care Act and accessing the online marketplace forms. ALA is only helping libraries fulfill their mission to make information available to their patrons. We anticipate that many Americans will turn to libraries for help with health enrollment forms, and we want to make sure that our nation’s libraries are prepared to answer any questions that their patrons may have. For more, visit

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