Midwinter Meeting

'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. 

2015 Nonfiction finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2015 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2014. YALSA will name the 2015 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Feb. 2, in Chicago during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2015 finalists are:

Start a revolution, stop acting like a library

CHICAGO — “But this is how we’ve always done it!” Objections to taking a fresh tack are about as common as budget shortfalls, and the two are more closely related than you might think. At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Ben Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic institution that continues to grow and thrive.

ALSC, CBC announce Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), will be hosting a Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Program on Jan. 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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