For immediate release | November 13, 2012

'News you can use'—updates and implications for policy, research, statistics, technology

CHICAGO — Throughout ALA Midwinter Meeting, experts across library-related fields will offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups and other data.

Update providers include ALA divisions and offices, the ALA Digital Content Working Group and a wide range of organizations such as IMLS, OCLC, Cook Political Report, the Digital Public Library of America, Pew Research Center, MAKE Magazine, ALISE, Gale-Cengage, Counting Opinions, SPARC, the Urban Libraries Council and the Children’s Book Council, among others.

The topics covered range widely and include: the implications of the November 2012 election results for libraries; prospects and directions for ALA, libraries and e-books in 2013; the latest on the Digital Public Library of America; ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative; YALSA’s Badges for Librarians project; ALSC, PLA and YALSA’s summer reading innovations; the makerspace movement; and many more .

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas and reflect on the implications with colleagues at Unconference on Friday, during the facilitated conversations and discussion groups on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon, as well as to follow up or start a small-group discussion in the Networking Uncommons area at any time.

For a complete list, visit the Scheduler sessions and click on “News You Can Use Updates” in the list of meeting types. Add your selections to your schedule—one click for each is all it takes.

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