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; 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.

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.  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

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!


Consultants Networking Luncheon - Ticketed Event

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm; A networking luncheon hosted by the Library Consultants Interest Group, one of the member interest groups of 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.

Business as Usual

Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, January 30, 2015 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the ASCLA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of ASCLA’s key players; President; Kathleen Ann Moeller-Peiffer, President-Elect/Vice-President; Rhonda K. Puntney Gould, Past President; Sara G. Laughlin, Secretary; Tracy Byerly, Councilor; Lizbeth Bishoff and ASCLA Executive Director; Susan Hornung.


Board of Directors Meeting I and II

Board I – Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 8:00am to 11:30am
Board II – 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!


Finance and Planning / All-Committee Meeting

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.