Midwinter Meeting

Senator Cory Booker to speak at 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting President’s Program

CHICAGO — Rising United States Senator Cory Booker — known for being innovative and widely recognized as the accessible and energetic new voice of politics — will join ALA President Sari Feldman as speaker during her President’s Program at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. This program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, will take place from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Ignite Session proposals accepted through Oct. 9 for ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO -- 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees have the chance to inspire and entertain colleagues in the popular five-minute "Ignite" sessions, always standing-room-only and high energy events. Session proposals are accepted now through the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Find out more and submit proposals now.

Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open through Sept. 30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2016 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts in Boston, Jan. 8-12, 2016 at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, and continues at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, June 23-28.

Chelsea Clinton is 2016 Midwinter Meeting Closing Session Speaker

CHICAGO -- Chelsea Clinton will close out the 2016 Midwinter Meeting at a special session from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Attendees will want to be sure to stay to hear her speak about her new book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that addresses our biggest challenges, offers ideas for action and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.

RUSA calls for 2016 institute, preconference and program proposals

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on May 11, 2015. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

ALA urges library directors to support trustee membership to United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — At the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council passed a resolution urging all library directors to encourage and support United for Libraries memberships for each of their trustees. The resolution was supported by the Public Library Association (PLA), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and United for Libraries.

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits —thousands of attendees, conversations and events

CHICAGO -- With the city's near-record snowfall swirling outside, 10,637 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 3466 exhibitors) created their own indoor blizzard of ideas, insights and energy at more than 1,800 meetings, events and social gatherings that offered lively conversations, updates, productive problem-solving and networking throughout McCormick Place and other venues during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 29-Feb. 3. With a focus on “The conversation starts here . .

RUSA announces 2015 book and media awards for adults

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the top books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and genre; audio books; and reference books for adults – including the Notable Books List, Reading List, Sophie Brody Medal, Listen List, Dartmouth Medal and Outstanding Reference Sources – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:

Notable Books List for excellence in fiction, nonfiction and poetry:

Fiction

Annual list of Best Historical Materials selected by RUSA’s History Section

CHICAGO —The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

2015 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature names winner, honorable mentions

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal, an honor bestowed by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.

This Year’s winner is "A Replacement Life" by Boris Fishman, published by HarperCollins. This is a story about the immigrant experience and committing fraud for the right reasons: family, love and Holocaust reparations.

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