Midwinter Meeting 2015

January 30 - February 3, 2015
Chicago, IL

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Extraordinary Events

Using Comics to Promote LiteracyAdvance Ticket Purchase Required
Friday, January 30, 12:00pm to 4:00pm;
Hilton-Chicago, Salon A-5, lower lobby
This topic is important and timely in today's increasingly visual culture. Participants in “Using Comics to Promote Literacy” will learn how to use comics to promote both verbal and visual literacy for emerging and struggling readers, as well as learn how comics are used to teach the common core state standards in reading and writing. Our speakers will address the academic legitimacy of the comics genre and discuss how images imply rather than illustrate. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the depth and nuances found in comics. Learn why comics are not just fun to read, but an incredibly rich resource to capture and fuel a young reader's imagination.

Speakers: Françoise Mouly, art editor at The New Yorker (where she has been responsible for more than 1,000 covers) and editorial director of TOON Books, as she gathers famed cartoonists, including Ivan Brunetti and Lilli Carré to discuss the importance of visual literacy in our increasingly visual culture.

Registration for the 2015 Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to purchase a ticket. Membership in ASCLA is not required in order to participate, but ASCLA members receive the best registration rates on all of these events; learn more about ASCLA and join today.  Registration rates: ASCLA Members: $169; ALA Members: $235; Student and Retired Members:$99; Non-Members: $255. All Institute attendees will receive two TOON Books, one of which is a recipient of the 2010 ALA Geisel Award!

ASCLA/COSLA Networking and Happy Hour 
Renaissance Blackstone, Lower Lounge Bar
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:00pm – 8:00pm;
Kick off the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Networking and Happy Hour—an opportunity to socialize, network, and learn more about ASCLA. The event is open to all current ASCLA members, friends of ASCLA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet ASCLA’s leaders!

Business as Usual

Board of Directors Meeting I and II
Leadership Session - Immediately following Board I 

Board I – McCormick Place, Room West 192a
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Board II – McCormick Place, Room West 195
Monday, February 2, 2015 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
ASCLA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an 'open forum' where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the ASCLA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. Hope to see you there!

Leadership Session
McCormick Place, Room West 192a
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00am to 11:30am

All members are invited to attend the Leadership Session immediately following ASCLA Board I to help brainstorm, strategize and learn! More details will be posted to the ASCLA website as they become available:  

Finance and Planning / All-Committee Meeting
Hilton -Chicago, Room Lake Erie
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters.