Midwinter Meeting

YALSA announces 2014 Alex Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2014 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were announced today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Jan. 24 – 28.

The 2014 Alex Award winners are:

Try out Google Glass at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Come learn about Google Glass, a new device from Google that's worn like a pair of glasses, made of a lightweight frame and tiny display that rests just above your eyes. The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Wilson L.

Google leadership to detail book search lawsuit at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA—Librarians applauded last November when the U.S. District Court protected Google’s searchable book database by calling Google Book Search a fair use under the copyright law. But is the case over, given that the Authors Guild has already filed an appeal? What impact will the Google Book Search saga have on copyright reform?

The ebook revolution expands

PHILADELPHIA—Over the past year, what has the American Library Association (ALA) done to improve access to ebooks and other digital content? Hear about recent ALA Digital Content Working Group activities at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The session, "ALA and Digital Content: DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship," will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C.

Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

PHILADELPHIA—It's been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law's filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor Spencer Ackerman

Ackerman to Discuss NSA Leak at 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

Freedom to Read Foundation hosts memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be hosting a memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman, the librarian and jeweler who passed away shortly before the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.  The reception will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in room 302 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Forsman, who was known by countless ALA Conference attendees for her wonderful jewelry (and purple hair!), exhibited nearly every year, with proceeds going to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation.

ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Philadelphia at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan.27, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

Applications now available for ACRL Assessment in Action learning community

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 100 teams to participate in the second year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the ACRL website.

LLAMA leadership development seminar helps you discover your leadership style

CHICAGO — When you think of a leader, who comes to mind?  Mahatma Gandhi?  Nelson Mandela?  Steve Jobs? What about you?   Do you see yourself as a leader?  Or can’t you imagine ever being a director?  Everyone has the potential for leadership, but it can be intimidating.  There are many different types of leaders and many different leadership styles.  There are the autocratic leaders, the servant leaders, the democratic leaders and many more.  Leadership isn’t a “one size fits all” thing – what worked for Steve Jobs may not work for you or your organization. 

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