Midwinter offers numerous opportunities to connect and engage with colleagues. You’ll witness the transformative power of libraries, discuss trends and innovations, see policy and advocacy take shape, and discover ways to make your institution more diverse and inclusive.
Get connected and informed
Track #alamw17 and follow @alamw on Twitter
Join the Facebook event at bit.ly/FBMW17
Follow the Pinterest boards at pinterest.com/alamidwinter
Visit Tumblr at americanlibraryassoc.tumblr.com
Follow along on Instagram with #alamw16 and at bit.ly/ALAinstagram
Check out the ALA Midwinter Scheduler in November—and the mobile app in December—to receive updates, organize your events, get tailored recommendations, and create a shareable calendar.
Want to discover Atlanta?
Visit the informational website created for ALA by the city of Atlanta—which includes a list of attractions and special offers—at attend.atlanta.net/ala.
Need to convince your boss?
ALA has resources to help you make the case to your supervisor for attending. View outlined benefits, a budget worksheet, and testimonials from previous attendees.
Have career questions?
ALA’s JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will again provide free career counseling and connect job seekers and employers.
This year, in addition to the events and sessions you’ve come to expect from Midwinter, you’ll have a chance to be part of the new Symposium on the Future of Libraries.
Staying ahead of the curve
Sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Center for the Future of Libraries, the new Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. It offers you the chance to spend Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (January 21–23) exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. Advanced sign-up is not required.
The symposium integrates and builds upon Midwinter’s popular ALA Masters Series and News You Can Use updates, which highlight advances in libraries. It will include:
Plenary sessions with the civic, education, and social innovators who are creating what’s next for cities, campuses, and communities
Insights from library professionals introducing new services, spaces, collections, and partnerships
Discussions with experts and thinkers from allied professions and disciplines sharing their visions for the future and helping us think beyond our current work
Emerging products and services for libraries in the exhibit hall
For more information, see the Symposium on the Future of Libraries schedule.
Midwinter showcases high-profile and inspiring speakers, including bestselling authors, thought leaders, industry icons, and technology innovators.
Get inspired by acclaimed sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell at the Opening Session (Friday, January 20); see award-winning children’s book authors Susan Tan and Margarita Engle team up to talk diversity in youth literature as part of the Auditorium Speaker Series (Saturday and Sunday, January 21–22); and don’t miss the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture (Saturday, January 21), commemorating Curley’s dedication to intellectual freedom and the library as a center of transformation.
Attend the ALA President’s Program (Sunday, January 22) where Julie B. Todaro will offer an update on the “Expert in the Library” focus of the ongoing Libraries Transform campaign.
Be a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration (Monday, January 23), commemorating King’s legacy and recognizing the connection between his life’s work and the library world.
Neil Patrick Harris—actor, producer, director, author, and magician—will be the Closing Session speaker (Monday, January 23). Harris’s latest endeavor is The Magic Misfits, in which he combines his passion as a magic enthusiast with his recent experiences as a parent to craft a book series that will inspire and entertain middle-grade kids.
Hundreds of peer-driven topics for formal and informal discussion are complemented by the Library Unconference (Friday, January 20) and the Ignite Sessions (Saturday and Sunday, January 21–22). Networking Uncommons provides opportunities for questions, networking, conversation, small-group follow-ups, and impromptu sessions throughout the conference.
The exhibit hall
With more than 450 exhibitors and hundreds of authors, you can get the latest on books, products, technology, tools, and services in the exhibit hall. Attend signings, take home ARCs, and enjoy specialty pavilions and live stages including the Book Buzz Theater, What’s Cooking @ ALA Cooking Demonstration Stage, and the PopTop Stage (Friday–Monday, January 20–23). Visit the General Exhibits page for more information.
And the winners are …
For the second time at Midwinter, announcements of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced as part of the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception (Sunday, January 22) alongside the Reading List, Notable Books, and Listen List selections.
Honoring books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens, the Youth Media Awards (Monday, January 23) will announce the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and other youth awards and medals.
For special events that require tickets and a wide range of professional development opportunities preceding Midwinter, visit the Ticketed Events page. Of special note for 2017 is the ALSC Mini Institute (Friday, January 20), a one-day learning opportunity focused on youth services librarianship.
The post Making the Most of Midwinter appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.