CHICAGO — Experts from across library-related fields will again offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more in the cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. First introduced in this format last year, the sessions are based on recent research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data. Update providers include the ALA Washington Office, other ALA divisions and offices, the ALA Digital Content Working Group and a wide range of organizations such as IMLS, OCLC, DPLA (Digital Public Library of America), Pew Research Center, LibTechGender and ALISE.
The timely topics include: prospects and directions for ALA, libraries and e-books in 2014; next steps for DPLA post-launch; YALSA’s report from the Digital Learning/MacArthur Foundation project; ACRL’s hearing on information literacy standards for higher education; Top Tech Trends from LITA; COA’s hearing on draft standards for accreditation; challenges of gender issues in technology librarianship; the latest PEW Internet Research Update findings relating to what Americans want — and don’t want — from their libraries; and others.
Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas and reflect on the implications with colleagues at the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon, during the facilitated conversation on Saturday afternoon, by signing up for the Kitchen-Table Conversations and participating in discussion groups on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and using the Networking Uncommons area at any time to follow up or start a small-group discussion.
For a complete list, use this link, or visit the Scheduler sessions and click on “News You Can Use Updates” in the list of meeting types. Add your selections to your schedule — one click for each is all it takes.
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The Midwinter Meeting Scheduler is open.