• RESCHEDULED TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Town Hall Dialogue: Competencies, Careers, and Successful Practice

    This Town Hall dialogue is rescheduled for the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.  Information will be shared when available.

    Library and Information Experts Succeeding in the 21st Century: A Town Hall Dialogue on Competencies, Careers, and Successful Practice, Saturday, January 21st, 1:00pm-3:00pm. This critical discussion on the future of library professionals as experts and the skills that you’ll need for career success will be facilitated by ALA President Julie Todaro and guided by thought leaders including Eileen Abels (Dean, Simmons School of Library and Information Science), Valerie Gross (President and CEO, Howard County Library, Maryland), and John Bertot, (Professor, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies). Attendees will participate in a conversation on what skills, knowledge, traits, and expectations will support successful libraries of the future--all types and sizes of libraries. What will employers be expecting? What competencies will be necessary for libraries to thrive in our future society and education? How can library and information science schools and professional development programs prepare librarians and library workers today to be successful in the future? Your insights will help ALA best support future libraries and librarians.

  • Symposium on the Future of Libraries

    Included in your 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits full registration, three days of exploring the many futures for academic, public, school and special libraries—Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Midwinter. Please visit http://2017.alamidwinter.org/symposium-on-future-libraries for more details.

  • Pre-Midwinter Institutes

    Check out the wide range of institutes offered by ALA divisions, offices, and round tables for conveniently timed in-depth professional development on key and current topics. Find details, including how to register, in “Ticketed Events.”

  • News You Can Use: Updates and Implications

    Experts offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more in these sessions, 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 other organizations.

  • Unconference

    Informal opportunities to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what's planned for at the conference. The growing participant-guided Unconference takes place on Friday, 9:00am -12:00pm and brings the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate.

  • ALA Masters Series

    Grab your lunch and join innovative library leaders as they discuss transformative projects in this noontime series.

    Saturday 12:30-1:30pm

    Catherine Murray-Rust
    ALA Masters Series: Reimagining the Research Library for the 21st Century

    Talk with Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech, about reimagining the research library for the 21st century, including (in their case) creating a shared collection with Emory University, renewing two library buildings, and adopting such techniques as portfolio management and supply chain thinking to reshape every job, process, program, and service. Learn more at the Library Next website about how in the renewal of the Georgia Tech Library, their physical spaces and library services are evolving to meet the changing research, teaching, and learning needs of the institution. The goals of the renewal project are “to show what a library really can be, and what research librarians and archivists really can do, like no other research library in America has yet done.  . . . Georgia Tech’s own strategic plan includes enriching the student experience, developing an innovative environment, sustaining excellence in research and scholarship, and providing a cutting-edge infrastructure to support the faculty’s vision.  . . .  The new, re-imagined Georgia Tech Library building will be a space to provide many new physical, informational, and technological resources to do just that.”



    Sunday 12:30-1:30pm

    Kelvin Watson
    ALA Masters Series: Queens Library Transforms

    Join Kelvin Watson, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President for the Queens Library to discuss wide-ranging innovations that are transforming the Queens Library, and learn about their efforts to radically transform and improve the way library patrons discover and access eResources through a Virtual Library System. This system will provide a best-of-breed solution for all their users, keeping the library’s doors open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and shifting the balance of power from providers to libraries and the customers we serve. Libraries invest in and license a rich array of eResources for their customers, and are forced to rely on a complex set of proprietary interfaces to navigate and deliver them. Only the savviest users can keep track of many separate usernames, passwords, and website URLs. Even when this barrier is crossed, accessing the eResource (or finding out what is available) requires the user to follow links out of the library’s and into the provider’s system. These systems are often “walled gardens,” where the eResource provider, not the library, controls the user’s experience, which can lead to frustration and failure. Learn about how the Virtual Library System allows users seamless access to digital materials, all within Queens Library’s own web and mobile interfaces, extending beyond the confines of any physical location and into people’s homes with the tools and devices that allow deeper interaction with the library’s offerings.

  • Ignite Sessions

    Ignite speakers present for exactly five minutes on what they're most passionate about in the library world, and inspire the audience to join them. Each five-minute Ignite talk is accompanied by 20 slides, each displayed for 15 seconds, with slides advancing automatically.

    Visit the Schedule a Meeting page for informaiton on submitting and Ignite Session proposal.

  • Discussion Groups

    The Midwinter Meeting features more than 200 Discussion Groups—loosely organized sessions on broad and timely topics, each sponsored by an ALA division, round table, or office. These generally highly interactive sessions may or may not have a speaker and are more open discussions than informational.

  • Committee Meetings

    Committee meetings are held during Midwinter to do the business of the association. Some meetings will be listed "closed" when they are discussing private information, but most meetings are open to any attendee, and are often a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its divisions.