Free programs at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/29/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to present a selection of free programs at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. All taking place at the ALA Store in Lobby B of the Colorado Convention Center, they spotlight several key issues and trends as discussed by a cross-section of the profession’s leaders and trendsetters. All taking place at the ALA Store, the programs’ schedule is:


Saturday, February 10

11:30 AM -12:30 AM: Creating Engaging Visual Communications             

Diana K. Wakimoto will discuss creating engaging visual communications for libraries. In addition to learning several design best practices, attendees will receive a handout that can be used as a template to create one’s own custom brochure!

1:30 PM -2:30 PM: School Library Leadership & AASL’s National School Library Standards           

Discussing school librarianship and AASL's new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries will be Hilda K. Weisburg. Recipient of the 2016 AASL Distinguished Service Award, she will guide you through exploring the new Standards, offering tips on how to familiarize yourself with them.

2:30 PM -3:30 PM: The New Edition of a Classic Public Librarianship Text             

Join REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author Kathleen de la Pena McCook and co-author Jenny S. Bossaller, a noted public library scholar and advocate, for this program launching the new edition of their landmark text. They will discuss the many updates new to the third edition as well as their process for collaborating with a diverse group of advisors and contributors.

3:30 PM -4:30 PM: 10 Things You Can Do to Make Your Teaching More Learner-centered           

Learn 10 things you can do to make your teaching more learner-centered in this free program presented by information literacy authority Dani Brecher Cook. Be prepared for a lively discussion!


Sunday, February 11      

11:30 AM -12:30 PM: Sustainability at Your Library         

Sustainability in libraries will be the topic of this free program. Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will discuss how the first step towards a sustainable library is sustainable thinking: a determined yet realistic attitude that will help your library spot opportunities for institutional advancement, advocate for and safeguard operating funds, and generate intense loyalty from the communities you serve.


Monday, February 12     

9:30 AM -10:30 AM: LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens

The rich and varied body of literature for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/allied and intersexed young people is discussed in this free program led by Christina Dorr and Lizabeth Deskins. The authors will share their favorite titles, talk about their new book from ALA Editions and why they decided to write it, and then take your questions.


Use the Conference Scheduler to learn about all the special events taking place at the ALA Store and plan your time efficiently!

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