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Hackforge’s Mita Williams on new spaces at Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes, and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. A lengthy continuum of organizations now seems to share many similarities with today’s libraries. In her ALA Masters Session, “Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do libraries fit in?” at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting, Mita Williams will offer a field guide to these new spaces and point out the differences that make a difference.

Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier wrap up Midwinter Meeting with Music and Discussion

CHICAGO -- Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance, 2 - 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

LeVar Burton, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Passionate and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, actor, producer, director and educator LeVar Burton will offer an unmissable treat for Midwinter Meeting attendees when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10-11 a.m.on Sunday, Feb. 1. For three decades, Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers.

Ben Bizzle on Award-Winning Marketing, Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Ben Bizzle will encourage attendees to “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library” in an ALA Masters Series session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. Compelled to change the perception of the library as an antiquated institution, Bizzle and the team at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas developed an aggressive technology and marketing strategy in order to better serve their community and increase public awareness of the library.

ALA JobLIST Placement Center to host etiquette luncheon during Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host an etiquette luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

'Stop Running on Empty' session to be held during ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The ALA JobLIST Placement Center will host a session entitled, "Stop Running On Empty!: How to Build Up Your Physical and Emotional Reserves" from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, during the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Human Rights Activist, Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer, 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Award-winning human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want wholesale change--contrary to conventional wisdom in the West. As 2015 Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer at ALA Midwinter Meeting, she will speak about these and other ideas from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in McCormick Place, Chicago. 

Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter and Eva Volin, supervising children's librarian for the Alameda Free Library, to dig into graphic novels at the ERT/Booklist Author Forum at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. The popular Forum takes place 4 - 5:15 p.m., Friday, Jan.

Ignite Session proposals accepted through Nov. 5 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, coming to ALA Midwinter Meeting for the first time. Session proposals are accepted at the submissions site through the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Find out more and submit your proposal now!

Alice Hoffman, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- A glance at the scope of award-winning author Alice Hoffman’s work shows why attendees won’t want to miss this Auditorium Speaker at 10-11 a.m.on Saturday, Jan. 31 during the  2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Hoffman’s books have been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions, and her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by numerous high-profile publications.

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