Self-Published Books and Soon to be Famous Project, Masters Session 2015 Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Fri, 12/19/2014


Lindsay Rosales

Conference Events Coordinator

Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO – Combining self-published books and the power of libraries to influence readers, participants from the Illinois Soon to be Famous project will show how you can get a similar cutting-edge project started in your community in an ALA Master’s Series session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. 

In 2013, the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project was created to demonstrate the power of libraries to influence readers. Libraries across Illinois responded. As readers continue to signal their real thirst for indie books, the Soon to be Famous project is also about library collaboration to discover new good reads among the tens of thousands of books self-published each year. Sundance is about indie movies and YouTube is about user created videos. Soon to be Famous is a librarian-created space for quality indie /self-published books.

The other 2015 ALA Masters Sessions are “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library” on library outreach and marketing with Ben Bizzle on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do Libraries fit in?” with Mita Williams on Sunday, Feb. 1.

The ALA Masters Series is a Midwinter Meeting chance to hear and talk to experts from across library specialties as they describe their latest in-house innovations in fast-paced sessions (to which attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch). These sessions offer insights into the hottest trends and how librarians are stepping up to them.

Register and book housing for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, at Use these resources to make your case for attending!

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