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A delicious way to network at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

CHICAGO — For Midwinter Meeting attendees interested in hitting the town and exploring Seattle over a great dinner with old and new conference friends, the Dine Around Seattle evening offers the perfect opportunity. Reservations for 10 have been secured at several local hot-spot restaurants the evening of Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

Taking the Library to the Street—Smitty and LiLi at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — “What do you get when you cross a librarian with a hot-rod shop?” In this unusual case that shatters stereotypes of libraries, librarians and literacy, you get a mobile initiative that delivers the library to people who may not know about or who have some obstacle to visiting libraries. Smitty Miller will tell you more about this unique project in ALA Masters session “Library Live and On Tour: Taking the Library to the Street” from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  on Monday, Jan. 28.

Peter Block on transformation and leadership in ALA President’s Program, Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —Peter Block, best-selling author of “Community:  The Structure of Belonging” and widely known for his work on community engagement and reconciliation, will facilitate an interactive discussion about the nature of real transformation and what kind of leadership is required to achieve it. ALA President Maureen Sullivan welcomes Block as part of the President’s Program from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. 

Ben Bizzle helps attendees maximize Facebook impact in ALA Masters Session at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Library Facebook and social media guru Ben Bizzle will show attendees how to maximize the reach and impact of a library Facebook page in the ALA Masters session “Outreach 2.0: The Digital Revolution of Public Relations” 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. This popular library innovator will provide strategies for taking advantage of the most cost-effective outreach tool there is, using examples from eight libraries across the country that added more than 9,000 fans in 28 days. 

Ivan Doig, Gregg Olsen, Ruth Ozeki in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — “The Novel Is Alive and Well”— the 2013 subject of the always popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum—kicks Midwinter off in style from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, offering the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors up close over the following days. Lively moderator Brad Hooper, Booklist adult books editor, will work his usual magic as he draws best-selling authors Ivan Doig, Gregg Olsen and Ruth Ozeki out on how their books contribute to the thriving of the novel form and the influence of the Pacific Northwest on their work.

Registration and housing now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO — ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are now open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place Jan. 25-29 in Seattle.  Details will follow in the coming weeks; in the meantime, in addition to being in the popular city of Seattle, Midwinter highlights include:

Best-selling author and visionary Steven Johnson at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Attendees at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle can be ready for a presentation they won't forget, from Auditorium Speaker Steven Johnson, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. One of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture, Johnson will offer his hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future. At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Johnson makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible and that new solutions are on the rise.

Bundle Registration now open for 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The popular Bundled Registration option for 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference opens at 9 a.m. (Central time) on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. This cost-effective and efficient registration package offer remains open until midnight, Sunday, Sept. 30.

'One of the best ways to stay fresh in our profession': What attendees said about ALA Annual

CHICAGO —“One of the best ways to stay fresh in our profession."

So says one of the thousands of Annual Conference attendees who took the time to give us their feedback about 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim in the post-conference survey.

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