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'Kitchen-table' conversations focus on professional development at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – ALA President Courtney L. Young recently invited attendees of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago to sign up for the “kitchen-table” conversations that have become an important channel for discussion among members of the ALA community (members, staff, and external allies). The focus of the 1.5-hour conversations at Midwinter is professional and leadership development.

Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner to share thoughts on leading in times of crisis at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — Libraries and their staffs are agents of positive community change, even under the most challenging and tension-filled circumstances. Ferguson (Missouri) Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner will discuss the recent turmoil in his community — and how the library managed to lead through it — at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago.

Explore innovations in ELL community engagement @ ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO – Join the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services as three library literacy professionals from the Chicago area discuss successful and replicable programs and services geared toward English language learners. The session, titled “ELL Practitioners Panel: Innovations in Community Engagement” will be held from 3 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 3 - 4 p.m. in room W183 at McCormick Place West.

Learn with LITA: Three full day workshops in Chicago

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) invites you to attend any of three Midwinter Workshops, focused on the latest in practical library technology applications, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 in Chicago.

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

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.

Self-Published Books and Soon to be Famous Project, Masters Session 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Combining self-published books and the power of libraries to influence readers, participants from the Illinois Soon to be Famous project will show how you can get a similar cutting-edge project started in your community in an ALA Master’s Series session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. 

Ignite Sessions selected for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

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.

AASL seeks program reviewers for the AASL 2015 National Conference

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is currently accepting applications for volunteers to participate in a blind review and scoring of concurrent session proposals for the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition, “Experience Education Evolution.”  To apply, please use the application form located at national.aasl.org/volunteers. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Dec. 30.

ALCTS presents its Midwinter Symposium on evolving strategies for collections

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents “Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium,” a presentation of the ALCTS President’s Program Committee and organized by Michael Levine-Clark.  Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

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.

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