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'News you can use'—updates and implications for policy, research, statistics, technology

CHICAGO — Throughout ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts across library-related fields will offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data.

Librarian outreach to the homeless in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting Day of Caring

CHICAGO — Who are the homeless in Seattle’s neighborhoods?  Where do the homeless go after they visit the library? How do we best serve this fast-growing segment of our population (most visible in cities) in public libraries? Around 100 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees will have a chance on Friday, Jan. 25 to overcome stereotypes and barriers to service through an informed, hands-on introduction to Seattle’s varied organizations serving the homeless. The day will start at 10:30 a.m.

Terry Brooks joins Doig, Olsen and Ozeki in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —Bestselling author Terry Brooks will join previously announced authors Ivan Doig, Greg Olsen and Ruth Ozeki for the popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum that kicks Midwinter off from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.  Booklist Adult Books Editor Brad Hooper will discuss with all four authors how their books contribute to the thriving of the novel form and the influence of the Pacific Northwest on their work.

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.

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.