Midwinter Meeting

Community Engagement, from aspirations to TEDx, at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In keeping with ALA’s ongoing commitment to increased engagement between libraries and the communities they serve, the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting offers several related sessions. From innovative uses of TEDx events to spark community conversations to a focus on turning outward and uncovering a community’s aspirations, some key sessions include the following.

LITA offering two full-day workshops in Philadelphia

CHICAGO — The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is offering two Midwinter Workshops from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in Philadelphia.

2014 Midwinter Meeting attendees invited to 'kitchen-table' type conversations

CHICAGO — In an invitation to 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees, ALA President Barbara K. Stripling encouraged everyone to participate in the kitchen-table type conversations designed to be a step toward making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

Greenway and Zevin added to Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Alice Greenway and Gabrielle Zevin have been added to the line-up for  United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Greenway and Zevin will join Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez in discussing their writing lives and forthcoming books.

ReadersFirst on library e-book vendors and more at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In an ALA Masters Series Session at ALA Midwinter Meeting, members of ReadersFirst — a movement to improve e-book access and services for public library users — will introduce the organization to and talk about the tool they’ve developed to help libraries evaluate e-book vendors, the ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors.

Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling. “Talk About Innovation!  TEDx @Your Library” will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and will focus on innovative and engaging uses of TEDx in the library for community engagement. 

Last call: Submit your nomination for Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services by Nov. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t delay: submit your nomination for use of cutting-edge technology in library services now! As part of its ongoing effort to identify and recognize libraries that are delivering quality library services in new ways, the American Library Association (ALA) is accepting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology through November 15, 2013. Libraries selected for the recognition will be featured in a program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, highlighted through ALA publications and publicized via ALA media and Web channels.

Matthew Quick, 'Silver Linings Playbook' author, introduces 'Girlbrarian' at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- “Hello, Librarians—it’s me, Matthew Quick . . .” In this short video, the bestselling author (also known simply as Q) of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” thanks librarians for “all that you do for the community” and talks about his next book in which he introduces a “Girlbrarian.” But Midwinter Attendees can go one better than YouTube — they can hear Quick live when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 1 - 1:30 p.m.

Scottoline, Kidd, Lippman, Henriquez at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Author and literacy champion David Baldacci, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

CHICAGO — David Baldacci is passionate about literacy and reading, believing that “the ability to read is the foundation for everyday life.” One of the world’s bestselling authors, he has more than 110 million copies of his novels in print in more than 45 languages and 80 countries.

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