United for Libraries Programs: ALA Midwinter Meeting

Midwinter ChicagoThe American Library Association 2015 Midwinter Meeting will be held Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Chicago, Ill. Registration and ticket information

Download a calendar of United for Libraries events at Midwinter

Free Workshop for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 30. Coffee and meet & greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is on your own. The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and advocates. Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to united@ala.org.

Ticketed Event

Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA
Mon., Feb. 2
2-4 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, Williford Room
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available)



Bestselling authors Steve Berry, Thomas Perry, Elizabeth Berg, Marisa de los Santos, and Marja Mills will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. 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 this event. This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA. Event code: UNI1



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Events

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations
Fri., Jan. 30
8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W185bc
The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and advocates. RSVP to united@ala.org. Coffee and meet & greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is on your own.

Citizens Save Libraries: Rounding Them Up and Showing Them How!
Fri., Jan. 30
8:30 a.m.-noon

McCormick Place West, W179b
This special workshop will provide in-depth training on how to create an advocacy campaign and give the basics for helping to train others as well. Library directors, state library development staff, Trustees, and consultants are invited to attend to learn how to work with local library supporters for specific advocacy campaigns, and/or to enhance existing advocacy skills. This workshop will make use of the Citizens Save Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy.

An Hour a Week: Amping Up Library Advocacy is Easy
Sat., Jan. 31
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join “Advocacy Guru” Stephanie Vance, leaders of the ALA Offices for Library Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom, and five librarians who will share what has worked for them at the state, local and federal levels, for a spirited discussion of what you can do with your advocacy hour and how easy it is to do it. 

Library Friends Discussion Group
Sat.., Jan. 31
1-2 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W186c
Friends of the Library members and library staff and invited to join this informal discussion group with counterparts from across the country. Bring your best practices to share and questions to ask of your fellow Friends.

Public Library Trustees Discussion Group
Sat., Jan. 31
1-2:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W181b
Join this informal discussion group and bring your best practices to share and questions to ask of fellow Trustees from across the country.

Spotlight on Adult Literature
Sat., Jan. 31
2-4 p.m.
Exhibits Hall

Publishers will be giving away advance copies of books and hosting author signings at their booths at the exhibits. This event is sponsored by United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services.

Library Foundation Discussion Group
Sun., Feb. 1
1-2:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W195
Library staff, Trustees, Foundation board members and staff, and others interested in learning more about library Foundations are invited to join others from around the country in a free flowing moderated discussion about issues unique to library Foundations.

Academic Friends and Development Officers Discussion Group
Sun., Feb. 1
1-2:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W175c
Join your colleagues from universities and community colleges around the country to discuss best practices for raising funds and the promotion of the academic library.
 

Meetings

Finance and Audit Task Force
Fri., Jan. 30
2:30-4 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4F

Board Meeting
Sat., Jan. 31
8:30-11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West, W181b

Newsletter & Website Advisory Committee Meeting
Sat., Jan. 31
3-4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Burnham/CC 23C



Nominating Committee Meeting (closed)
Sat., Jan. 31
3-4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Adler/CC 24C



Awards Committee Meeting (closed)
Sun., Feb. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4E

Leaders Orientation Committee Meeting
Sun., Feb. 1
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 5H

PLA Program Committee Meeting
Sun., Feb. 1
3-4 p.m.
McCormick Place West, W177

Nuts & Bolts Subcommittee Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2
8:30-10 a.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Burnham/CC 23C



Legislation, Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom Committee Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2
8:30-10 a.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick, DuSable/CC 21AB

Annual Conference Program Committee Meeting
Mon., Feb. 2
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Burnham/CC 23C