Ignite Sessions selected for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/08/2014


Alicia Navarro

Meetings Coordinator

Conference Services

American Library Association


CHICAGO -- 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have the chance to be inspired and entertained by the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, coming to ALA Midwinter Meeting for the first time. Selected topics include diversity in collection development (especially in materials for youth); how geek culture can help you diversify your collection; effective Web writing; using gamer theory in making digital learning objects; a crash course on Creative Commons; evidence-based librarianship; connecting alumni to the library; creating improved materials for exploring a famous Chicago cemetery; and many more.

Each five-minute Ignite Session is accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. There will be six Ignite sessions each day from noon to 12:30 p.m.  on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. See the full schedule.

“Ignite sessions offer the unique opportunity to quickly get exciting ideas for new programs and services in a fast-paced and entertaining setting.  No other program offers such a wide array of new ideas in such a short time,” said Patrick "PC" Sweeney, administrative librarian, Sunnyvale Library.

The proposals went through a public voting process that counted for 30 percent of the selection process (staff votes accounted for another 30 percent, while the remaining 40 percent was decided by an advisory group of ALA members).

Register and book housing for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, at alamidwinter.org. Use these resources to make your case for attending!

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