For immediate release | July 10, 2012

Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web sessions, conversations and insights offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Travis Good from MAKE Magazine is a late-breaking addition as a bonus keynote speaker, talking about what a Makerspace is and why libraries should care. After a year spent visiting Makerspaces in the U.S. and Canada, Good says he knows what makes these workshop facilities tick, filled as they are with people who love to learn, collaborate and create. Fueled by enthusiasm to make and enabled by technology advances, these groups are sprouting up around the world. He plans to share what he’s learned and why he thinks they're an important resource to help libraries advance their mission.

Other speakers and topics during this event— one of the most cost-effective professional development and library continuing education opportunities each year— include:

George Needham & Joan Frye Williams—Libraries In a Post-Print World

Stephen Abram—Mirages, Maps, Menus, Flowcharts, and Dreams

Marie Ostergard—Mediaspace: Transforming the Library of the Future

Lee Rainie—The State of eBook Borrowing from Libraries

Brian Mathews—Thinking Entrepreneurially: What Libraries Can Learn from Startups and Other Innovative Organizations

James LaRue—Moving Upstream: From Distributor to Co-Creator

Marlene Harris—Beyond the Bestseller List: Filling Patron Demand for Great eBooks Without the “Big 6 Publishers”

Peter Murray—Introducing FOSS4Lib: Helping Libraries Decide IF and WHICH Open Source Software Is Right for Them

Terry Ballard—Using Google Products to Enhance Your Library’s Mission and Branding

Emily Dowdall—One-Stop Center: The Multiple Roles of the Public Library, Today and Tomorrow

Steven Bell—Start With a “Way We Serve Statement:” Design a Library User Experience the Way the Pros Do

Sacramento Public Library—I Street Press Project

Allen County Public Library—Making Our Future: The ACPL-TekVenture Maker Station Community Collaboration

Booklist editors will again host their popular 30-minute author lunches. Brad Hooper talks on Wednesday with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New Yorker staff writer Katherine Boo, whose acclaimed new book is "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity." On Thursday, Donna Seaman interviews Christian Kiefer, an active poet, songwriter and recording artist whose recent first novel, "The Infinite Tides," was described in a Publisher’s Weekly review as an “astute, impressive, and ambitious debut."

Registration is $69 for individuals ($51.75 for ALA Annual Conference full registrants) and $300 for groups, offering up to 15 IP addresses ($225 for ALA Annual Conference full registrants). The archive of ALA Virtual Conference will be available free to registrants for up to six months, and also free after the event to all full registrants of ALA Annual Conference.

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