For immediate release | February 20, 2014

ALA President Barbara Stripling's final 'Making' webinar installment focuses on library assessment and new ideas

CHICAGO – “What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities,” a free webinar focusing on academic, public and school libraries that are building community and supporting student and user success through making, will take place from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Nationally recognized speakers include Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis; Margaret Portier, director of innovative family services and Mike Cimino, technology integration specialist, both of the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library; and Tod Colegrove, head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. This is the final installment of “Building Community through Making,” ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar three-part series.

Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today:

The Winter Webinar is presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and Barbara Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee. For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at

They will be archived and accessible to ALA members.

Additional free webinars, presented by ALA members, will be available in months to come through Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives initiative. Please save these dates:

  • Strategic Partnerships between library types: March 24, 2014
  • Literacy Innovations: April 21, 2014
  • STEAM in Libraries: May 19, 2014
  • Community Engagement: June 9, 2014

These webinars are part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives 2013- 2014 Webinar Series. For information on these webinars, or for speaking opportunities, please contact Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library, at

These informative, timely sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes, and to transfer knowledge among ALA members.


Joaquin Falcon

Communications Specialist