ALA Midwinter 2015: Cool Ideas and Take-Aways

What jumped out at you or sparked your interest at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting?  Share an idea from a presentation, a tool or technique you want to try, or a useful piece of information that changed your life. If applicable, please share what you are going to do next or how you're going to apply what you learned.

This discussion took place Monday, February 16 through Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Read the posts from the discussion now.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn about some of the sessions held at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Felicity Dykas is Head of Digital Services at the University of Missouri--Columbia.  Previously she served as Head of the Catalog Department and Electronic Resources Librarian.  She tries to pack something into every minute at ALA conferences and meetings: programs, interest groups, meetings, receptions, exhibits, and networking.  Luckily, she takes lots of notes, which are necessary for refreshing her memory. She is interested in open access, digital libraries, institutional repositories, metadata, cataloging, and, overall, ensuring easy access to online resources.

Emily Whitmore is the ALCTS Continuing Education Assistant. Since the 2015 Midwinter was her first experience with ALA conferences, she tried to attend all events connected to items of interest. Since she has not been able to clone herself yet, this was not possible. Instead, she focused her attention on interest groups, committee meetings, networking, and programs. Her interests include: open access, metadata, public libraries, collection management, and social media in the library. 




How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




Contact the e-Forum Coordinator at with questions or concerns.