Midwinter Meeting

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.

ALCTS presents its Midwinter Symposium on evolving strategies for collections

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents “Collection Development Strategies in an Evolving Marketplace: an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium,” a presentation of the ALCTS President’s Program Committee and organized by Michael Levine-Clark.  Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Hackforge’s Mita Williams on new spaces at Masters Session, 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes, and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. A lengthy continuum of organizations now seems to share many similarities with today’s libraries. In her ALA Masters Session, “Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do libraries fit in?” at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting, Mita Williams will offer a field guide to these new spaces and point out the differences that make a difference.

ALA offers unlimited virtual seats for ALA Youth Media Awards webcast

CHICAGO  — The eyes of the publishing world will turn to Chicago at 8 a.m. CT on Feb. 2, 2015, when the American Library Association (ALA) unveils the next classics in children’s and young adult literature.

Thousands of webcast viewers will log on and join more than 1,200 onsite audience members for the announcement of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards. The announcements are part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits  taking place from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Trombone Shorty and Bryan Collier wrap up Midwinter Meeting with Music and Discussion

CHICAGO -- Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will get attendees on their feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. His energetic music at the Wrap Up/Rev Up performance, 2 - 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

Marisa de los Santos among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Marisa de los Santos, Steve Berry, Elizabeth Berg, Thomas Perry, Marja Mills and Meg Cabot will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Central time on Monday, Feb. 2 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2014 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

ALCTS Midwinter Forum Talks Library Publishing

CHICAGO Library publishing is the featured presentation at the Midwinter Forum of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.    

The ALCTS Forum focuses on “Libraries as Publishers: Next Steps in Self-Publishing?”  The Forum takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2.   Location will be available at a later date.  Look to the “News You Can Use” schedule for this and other important sessions.

LeVar Burton, Auditorium Speaker at 2015 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- Passionate and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, actor, producer, director and educator LeVar Burton will offer an unmissable treat for Midwinter Meeting attendees when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 10-11 a.m.on Sunday, Feb. 1. For three decades, Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers.


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