United for Libraries Programs: ALA Midwinter Meeting

The 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting will be held Jan. 20-24 in Atlanta, Ga.ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting

Registration and ticket information

Calendar of United for Libraries meetings and events at Midwinter

Flyer featuring United for Libraries' meetings and events at Midwinter

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends & Foundations sponsored by EBSCO

Fri., Jan. 20 EBSCO log
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Augusta Room 1
Agenda (updated 1/11/17)

Martha Hall Kelly photo credit Jeffrey Mossier PhotographyThe popular Nuts & Bolts program will present speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and advocates. Join us at 9:30 am for a meet and greet with coffee. At 10 a.m. the official program will begin with morning breakout sessions on board development specific to each group (Trustees, Friends, Foundations). Lunch with an Author will feature Martha Hall Kelly (left), author of the bestselling Lilac Girls (Penguin Random House). Learn more about the important role advocacy can play in systemic change with afternoon keynote Ann Cramer, board member of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In addition, Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) recently announced the appointment of Ann Cramer to serve as new chairwoman of its Board of Directors. The day will culminate with our popular roundtable discussions.

The first 75 people to register for Nuts & Bolts using the online form and check-in at the program by 10 a.m. will receive a free lunch from EBSCO. Lunch tickets not claimed by 10 a.m. will be forfeited. Attendees will be notified of their status by Jan. 4, 2017. Those not qualifying for a free lunch may attend the program and purchase lunch on site or bring their own. Lunch tickets not claimed by 10 a.m. will be made available to those who were not among the first 75 registrants. Please note that all Nuts & Bolts attendees must also be registered with ALA for a free exhibits only pass or as a Midwinter Meeting attendee. Please email united@ala.org or call us at (312) 280-2161 with any questions.

Resources/Handouts from Nuts & Bolts:

Ticketed Event

Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA
Mon., Jan. 23
2-4 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, B211/B212
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available)
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Bestselling autMatthew Quick (photo credit: Benj Lipchak)hors Matthew Quick (left), Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall, Emily Fridlund, and Lisa Wingate 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 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during this event. This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA. 







Library Friends Discussion Group
Sat., Jan. 21
1-2:30 p.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, B218
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. 21
1-2:30 p.m. 
Georgia World Congress Center, B216

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. 21
2-4 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, 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.

Paula Poundstone Performance (presented by Workman)
Sat., Jan. 21
5:30-7 p.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, A313/A314
Paula Poundstone, the national spokesperson for United for Libraries, has a new book coming out in May 2017 called The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness (Algonquin Books/Workman Publishing). As in her book, she will entertain the audience with her hilarious and unique brand of self-deprecating wit. Her performance will be immediately followed by a signing of advance reading copies (while supplies last). First come, first serve seating.

Building the Future: Public Library Directors and Their Trustees Making Future Policy Decisions Together!
Sun., Jan. 22
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, A404

This session is presented as part of the 2017 Midwinter Symposium on the Future of Libraries. Public library directors are preparing to consider or are already discussing their future roles in the community, education, and the business of managing the operation of the library. This program will consider how trustees and library directors can communicate about library trends and related policy issues, and understand each other’s role in securing funding for innovation. At the conclusion of the program, attendees will understand some of the future issues that will challenge public library trustees and best practices for action and communication with their library directors.

Resources/Handouts from the Symposium:

Library Foundation Discussion Group
Sun., Jan. 22
1-2:30 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, B315

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., Jan 22
1-2:30 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, B309

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.

Are you a Proactive or Reactive Advocate? Best Practices from Academic and Public Library Supporters (Discussion group, co-sponsored with RUSA)
Mon, Jan. 23
10:30-11:30 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, A301

This discussion will feature experienced library advocates as they share their insights on how to be a proactive advocate for your library and how to respond when a budget crisis hits. What advocacy lessons can academic and public libraries learn from each other? Attendees will be able to share their own experiences and learn from each other. Discussion leaders include Dustin Fife, Director of Library Services for Western State Colorado University and Donna McDonald Director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library in Dardanelle, AR. Discussion organizers are Susan Schmidt, United for Libraries President 2016-2017, and Joseph Thompson, RUSA President 2014-2015. Learn more.


Leaders Orientation Committee
Sat., Jan. 21
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, B318

Newsletter & Website Advisory Committee
Sat., Jan. 21
3-4 p.m. 

Georgia World Congress Center, B318

PLA Program Committee
Sat., Jan. 21
3-4 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Atlanta, L507

Legislation, Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom Committee Meeting
Sun., Jan 22
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, A309

Nominating Committee (closed)
Sun., Jan. 22
1-2:30 p.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, A408

United for Libraries Board Meeting
Sun., Jan. 22
3-5 p.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, B408

Annual Conference Program Committee Meeting 
Mon, Jan. 23
8:30-10 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, A306