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Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain to lead panel on creativity, innovation and transformation at Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON – Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder, director, and faculty chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will be a featured speaker, along with American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman and other ALA leadership, in a discussion on how library professionals can further emphasize the critical value of libraries to decision-makers and influencers. 

How do you do YouTube?

Panel will discuss how libraries can leverage this versatile medium

Washington, D.C. – The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community. 

From glass half empty to glass half full: evaluating the current ebook environment

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago, major publishers refused to sell ebooks to libraries, no one knew how to download an ebook file, and the staffs of public libraries were hit with an unforeseen surge of patron interest in ebooks.  Now that the dust has settled and the ebook market has matured, where are we?   A distinguished panel of speakers will sort out that question as they describe how things have changed and what libraries can expect in the not so distant future during a panel presentation being held at the American Library Association (ALA)’s Midwinter Conference a

A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Longer hours and easy access near the ALA Lounge and Networking Uncommons in the North Lobby, Level 1 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting.  The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 156AB, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The popular, free Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations and advocates. Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to united@ala.org.

Learn to create out-of-this-world kids’ science programming at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session, “Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with Free NASA Resources,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The session will be held from 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Boston Convention Center.

Should there be a right to be forgotten?

Or does this interfere with the public’s right to know? -- Find out at ALA's 2016 Midwinter Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Personal blogs, arrest records, explicit photos and business critiques are now typically published forever. Should individuals have the right to have links to certain personal information removed from web search results? The European Union decided that the answer is yes—but should the United States adopt comparable public policy?

Mark Kurlansky joins ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky joins documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams in conversation with Donna Seaman, Booklist Editor for Adult Books, at the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges and pleasures of telling true stories. The popular Forum will take place 4 - 5:15 pm, Friday, Jan.

Andre Dubus III with Nancy Pearl at 2016 Midwinter Meeting Auditorium Speaker Session

CHICAGO – 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees in Boston will have the chance to join a lively conversation between bestselling author Andre Dubus III and Nancy Pearl at an Auditorium Speaker session held from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Stripling to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Barbara Kay Stripling, senior associate dean and assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and past-president of the American Library Association (ALA), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The 2016 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 in room 205BC in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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