Conference Services

Lisa Genova announced as Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer, 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Neuroscientist-turned-novelist Lisa Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction by using her immense knowledge of how the brain works in her novels. ALA Midwinter attendees have a chance to hear this unique, popular and moving author at the 2013 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Maker Monday makes ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Maker Monday debuts at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, offering a day of events and activities to help you get informed and involved in the latest from the makerspace movement. It also provides a chance for successful programs to share their stories. Maker Monday includes:

Caroline Kennedy in conversation at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - ALA Midwinter Meeting offers a special opportunity to hear the widely admired Caroline Kennedy in conversation with ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling on Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am. Kennedy is well known as the best-selling author of 10 books on American history, politics and poetry, as well as for continuing the strong Kennedy family tradition of public service.

ALA Midwinter Conversations: Community Engagement and the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

CHICAGO - For libraries of all types located in all kinds of communities, innovation in engaging those communities is a compelling and critical strand of conversation right now.

'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.

2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Scheduler open and ready to help you plan

CHICAGO — The 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting Scheduler is now open! The Scheduler is a powerful tool to help plan and organize conference attendance and keep up with events and opportunities as they’re added. Highlights include:

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.