Midwinter Meeting 2016

January 8 - 12, 2016
Boston, MA

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Did you know that, among other benefits, ASCLA members receive the best rates on ASCLA-sponsored workshops at both the Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference? Join ALA and ASCLA today, or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 5.


*Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library ConsultantTicket Purchase Required
Our full day workshop is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide participants through a self-assessment. Participants will work together in an active and engaging format to explore the different roles that consultants play; the variety of services consultants may deliver to clients, and how to align consulting opportunities with experience and skills. Upon completion, participants will be able to explain what it means to be a library consultant and know if it’s the right choice for them, as well as be able to explain how their own skills and experience might align with consulting opportunities and develop strategies related to starting and managing a consultant business, marketing their services, and finding clients. This workshop will help the current and prospective library consultant create a business that is sustainable and most of all useful to the profession.

This Institute will appeal to librarians from all realms: School, Public, Academic, and Special, with varying degrees of experience. Retired directors to active librarians in every job capacity from Technical to Public Services can gain from attending this workshop, as well as anyone currently in and thinking about the consulting profession. Sponsored by the Association of the Library Consultants Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Divison. Register here.

Friday, January 8, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 155. 

Ticket Prices

Category Early Bird
11:59 a.m. (CST)
November 11, 2015
11:59 a.m. (CST)
January 4, 2016
ASCLA Member $279 $279
ALA Member $299 $299
Other Member
(Retired, Student, Trustee,
Non-Salaried, Support, and Staff)
$199 $199
Non-ALA Member $339 $339

*Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning – Ticket Purchase Required
Push boundaries, drive change, and transform your library! Motivate your staff to learn new skills and change work patterns, which is essential to the success of new strategic initiatives, and can be carefully cultivated through learning environments and experiences. This interactive workshop will show how to implement five simple, practical steps to grow and sustain a learning culture in your library. ASCLA's half day workshop addresses the ongoing need that all libraries face to encourage professional development and growth amongst staff. It is especially important now as libraries take on major strategic changes that are reshaping the role of the library. From maker-spaces to information commons, community outreach to campus outreach, technology to tool libraries, libraries must support a culture of staff learning to drive transformative strategic change in the library. This session will give library directors, consultants, managers, and staff the tools to help create and sustain a learning culture within their organization. Upon completion, participants will be able to define what it means to have a culture of learning amongst library staff and volunteers. Participants will be able to implement five practical steps to create a culture of learning within their organization and be able to encourage staff learning and growth through the development of cultural learning norms. This workshop would appeal to those working in Public, Academic, State & Cooperative Library Agencies, as well as those with Library Directors, Managers, Supervisors, Continuing Education/Professional Coordinators, Librarian Trainers, Training Consultants, HR Specialists positions.

Sponsored by the State Library Development Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Division. Register here.

Friday, January 8, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 156 C

*Registration for the 2016 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.

Ticket Prices

Category Early Bird
11:59 a.m. (CST)
November 11, 2015
11:59 a.m. (CST)
January 4, 2016
ASCLA Member $169 $169
ALA Member $235 $235
Other Member
(Retired, Student, Trustee,
Non-Salaried, Support, and Staff)
$99 $99
Non-ALA Member $275 $275



Board of Directors Meeting I and II

  • Board I – Saturday, January 9, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 A (Leadership session follows immediately after Board I)
  • Board II – Monday, January 11, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203

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 - With Special Guest, Stephanie Capparell
Saturday, January 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
All members are invited to join us for a riveting discussion with Stephanie Capparell, coauthor of the international bestseller Shackleton’s Way.

Finance and Planning / All-Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 9, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 A
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters. 

Interest groups and committee meetings scheduled during All Committee:

  • Accessibility Assembly
  • Finance and Planning
  • Conference Programming Committee
  • Membership Promotion Committee
  • Library Consultants Interest Group
  • Web Presence Committee Group
  • LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
  • Awards Committee
  • Future of Libraries Interest Group
  • Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
  • Intellectual Freedom for Youth in Custody Discussion forum

Various Committee & Interest Group Meetings

Friday, January 8

  • Consortial e-books Interest Group 
    2:30 – 4:00 p.m.Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 152

Saturday, January 9

  • Universal Accessibility Interest Group, (ASCLA, LITA, ACRL)
    1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C
  • Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group 
    2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 B

Sunday, January 10

  • Physical Delivery Interest Group meeting 
    10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel,  Harborview 2
  • State Library, Library Development Interest Group Hot Topic Discussion Group
     10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom
  • Youth Services Consultants Interest Group meeting
     3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom

Network, Socialize & Connect

ASCLA/COSLA Networking and Happy Hour
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, students, 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!
Friday, January 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Westin Boston Waterfront, Birch Bar

Consultants Networking Luncheon - Cancelled 
A networking luncheon hosted by the Library Consultants Interest Group, one of the member interest groups of ASCLA. The Library Consultants Interest Group supports the work of library consultants nationwide and is offering this event as a forum for face-to-face networking among consulting colleagues. If you consider yourself a library consultant, or would like to become a library consultant, then this event is for you! Lunch and learn with colleagues! In addition to networking with other attendees, this event provides an opportunity to meet others and discuss the skills, craft and business of consulting. Register here.
Saturday, January 9, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Adrienne Salon