2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

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January 8 - 12, 2016
Boston, MA

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Midwinter 2016


Reference Interview Institute - Cancelled
Friday, January 8, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 101
This live and in-person all day workshop will provide you with some techniques that will enable you to better assist your users-and help you figure out what it is that they really need when they ask a question. Two expert reference librarians (one public librarian and one academic librarian) will give you tips that will make you more approachable, a better communicator and help make your users more willing to return. Register here.

Ticket Prices:

Category Early Bird –
11:59 a.m. (CST)

November 11, 2015
Advance -
11:59 a.m. (CST)
January 4, 2016
Division Member $199 $199
ALA Member $219 $219
Other Member
(Retired, Student, Trustee,
Non-Salaried, Support, and Staff)
$149 $149
Non-ALAMember $259 $259

History Genealogy InstituteFree, But Registration is Required 
Friday, January 8, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 151 B
This free workshop will help librarians of all types learn techniques. This can include better understanding of genealogy research methods and sources. It can also include how libraries can leverage their unique holdings to become more relevant to genealogists, who tend to be passionate in their support of libraries that have useful materials. Lunch provided and sponsored by ProQuest. Must register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWZP6WG.

Deep Dive Session - *BRAND NEW!
We are all user experience librarians: Creating change from the trenches
Saturday, January 9, 1:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m., Location: TBA
This Deep Dive workshop will focus on user testing and understanding your users’ experience through a mix of discussion, presentations, and interactive experiences. Our five presenters will offer design strategies and tools from throughout the life cycle of a user experience design project, and they will also join together as a panel to provide a spirited, entertaining look at pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned. Unlike other sessions about user experience design, the proposed workshop will focus on providing attendees with concrete skills and techniques they can apply at their home institutions with relatively little expense or pre-planning. *Registration to open soon. More information here.


Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 8, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., 
 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the RUSA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of RUSA’s key players; President; Anne Houston, President-Elect/Vice-President; Alesia M. McManus, Past President; Joseph A. Thompson, Secretary; Kathryn J. Oberg, Councilor; Sarah Hammill and RUSA Executive Director; Susan Hornung.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II:

  • Board I – Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B

  • Board II – Monday, January 11, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C

RUSA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an 'open forum' where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the RUSA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. RUSA Board of Directors’ Meetings are open and all registered attendees are welcome!

Budget and Finance Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Westin Boston Waterfront, Faneuil

Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the RUSA’s budgetary matters.

Network, Socialize & Celebrate

RUSA Speed Mentoring Session
Saturday, January 9, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Adrienne Salon

Join a group of experienced RUSA leaders to engage in a fun, interactive "speed mentoring" session. Similar in format to "speed dating", MLS students, new librarians, and mid-career librarians are invited to participate in this session where they will have the opportunity to gain leadership advice from a number of senior librarians and RUSA leaders.

Membership Social
Saturday, January 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Grand Ballroom B

Join members of RUSA for an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes and learn more about our division and its sections. The social is open to past, current and those interested in becoming members. All attendees are welcome!   

Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
Sunday, January 10, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Boston Park Plaza, Grand Ballroom A

For the first time, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced during this Midwinter Meeting event by the selection committee’s inaugural chair, Nancy Pearl, reflecting the new calendar for these awards. As always, RUSA will unveil this year's Notable Books List, Reading List, Listen List and Outstanding Reference Sources selections, the Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature and the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing. Join us for this celebratory evening as we announce the best books and resources of the year and a chance to win some of this year’s best books! All MW attendees are welcome, no tickets required. The event is from 5-7pm, Boston Park Plaza, Grand Ballroom A. The event is sponsored in part by NoveList. More information about these awards can be found at www.ala.org/rusa/awards.

RUSA Discussion Groups

Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • ILL Discussion Group (RUSA STARS)
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205A

    A thoughtful discussion of the emerging trends of resource sharing and interlibrary loan. Read more here.

  • Management of Electronic Resources & Services Discussion (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258B

    Optimizing the web for reference: Best practices for usability, accessibility, and responsiveness 
    We will feature panelists from institutions which have innovated their approach to web reference (email, chat, FAQs, etc.) and/or conducted usability studies on how their users get answers through their library’s web portal. Read more here.

  • Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205C

    Learn how can we ensure our communities know about our genealogical and historical resources. Read more here

  • Reference Publishing Advisory Discussion Forum (RUSA CODES)
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends in reference publishing by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. Read more here.

  • Assisting low-skill workers and non-Internet users with job searches (RUSA RSS)
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205C

    Many low-skill workers use word-of-mouth, not the Internet, for job searching. The purpose of this forum is to discuss the information-seeking behaviors of this group and how to best help them find the information they need to successfully find work. Read more here.

  • The STARS Hot Topics Discussion Group

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205A

    This Midwinter Hot Topics Discussion Group will focus on the topic of Shared Collections. Learn about the process of making retention decisions and how to ensure that copies remain to facilitate resource sharing. Read more here


Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Discussion and All Committees Meeting (RUSA BRASS)
    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Westin Waterfront, Room Douglass

    All-Committees meeting and discussion opportunity for those interested in business reference in all types of libraries. Read more here.

  • ETS Hot Topics Discussion Group (RUSA ETS) 
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Seaport Plaza Ballroom C

    Pay No Attention to the Librarian Behind the Curtain: Virtual Reference and Privacy in Libraries 
    Join us for an exploration of virtual reference and the role of privacy. Read more here. 

  • History Librarians Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205 B

    A thoughtful discussion on emerging trends of historical librarianship. Read more here

  • ETS LSS/P&S Discussion Group (RUSA ETS) 
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205 B

    Transitions from Traditional OPACS to Discovery Systems: Impacts on Use and Instruction
    This session will provide the opportunity to discuss both advantages and drawbacks to working with a discovery system as opposed to a traditional OPAC and the impact discovery systems have had on instruction and research. Read more here

  • Teens' Social Media Attitudes and Behaviors: What the Research Means for Library Services (RUSA RSS/YARS)
    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258A