2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 30 - February 3, 2015
Chicago, IL

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Midwinter 2015

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Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Hilton-Chicago, Williford Room
This year we are featuring speaker, Margaret Hawkins, author of Lydia's Party (Viking, 2013). We’ll unveil the winners of The Reading List, Listen List selections—lists that are used by readers advisory librarians nationwide, Notable Books, which forms the basis for the Carnegie Medals Longlist —as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for 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. All ALA Midwinter Meeting participants are invited to this celebration on-site in Chicago. Can't attend? For the most up-to-date announcements, follow us on Facebook and track us on Twitter with hashtag #literarytastes.

Membership Social
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Hilton-Chicago, Williford B

Kick off the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes and learn more about RUSA. The social is open to all current RUSA members, friends of RUSA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. All attendees will have the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes!

RUSA Leadership Development and Speed Mentoring Session
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Hilton-Chicago, Waldorf Room

Join a group of experienced RUSA leaders and 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.

Strategic Planning Session
Friday, January 30, 2015; 8:00am to 4:00pm

McCormick Place - West 192a

Hear what’s in store for RUSA. We will be discussing RUSA’s goals, encouraging feedback on topics such as; member involvement, attracting new members, leadership and professional development opportunities, to name a few. Stop by and be able to say you were a part of it!

Genealogy Institute: Meeting the Needs of Your Family History Patrons
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

HYATT -Columbus GH 

Enjoy an interactive day of learning and networking for all librarians serving genealogists. Leaders from the library and genealogical industry will cover a variety of topics, including strategic planning, partnerships, and serving diverse populations. Luncheon provided by our sponsor, Proquest. Registration is free, but required. Limit 150 participants. Please register here: 



Board of Directors Meeting I and II
Board I – Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Hilton-Chicago - Grand Tradition
Board II – Monday, February 2, 2015 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm, MCP - W195
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. Hope to see you there!

CANCELLED: RUSA Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 31, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Blackstone Renaissance Mayor's Boardroom
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, Joe Thompson; President-Elect/Vice-President, Liane Taylor; Past President, Kathleen Kern; Secretary, Erin Rushton; Councilor, Jennifer C. Boettcher and RUSA Executive Director, Susan Hornung.

Budget and Finance Meeting
Sunday, February 1, 2015 – 11:30am – 1:00pm, Hilton-Chicago Boulevard C
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to RUSA’s budget.