Outstanding content on policy, technology, diversity/inclusion and more at Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/22/2014


Alicia Navarro

Conference Events Coordinator

Conference Services

American Library Association


CHICAGO  In an exceptionally strong, timely and varied cluster of “News You Can Use” sessions at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts from across library-related fields offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, diversity and inclusion, literacy, technology and more. The following list offers only a small taste of the important content on offer: the 2014 election and what it means for libraries; David Lankes on radical conversations around “new librarianship"; the social justice “Collaboratorium"; the first 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act; LITA’s Top Technology Trends; women in geekdom; diversity research; performance outcome measures for public libraries; understanding LSTA; blood donations/drives—facts, fear and discrimination; diversity in children’s and youth literature; and updates on or from the digital inclusion survey, school library research and advocacy, the Digital Public Library of America, ACRL/SPARC and Value of Academic Libraries projects, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

The sessions are based on recent research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data. Update providers include 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), Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Committee, AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums, Pew Research Center, Book Industry Study Group, the U.S. State Department and ALISE.

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.

Attendees are also encouraged to explore, examine and reflect on options, ideas and implications with colleagues by adding to their schedule/signing up for the Kitchen-Table Conversations, by attending the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon and by participating in discussion groups on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Networking Uncommons is also available for follow up, small-group discussions, and more.

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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