2015 Midwinter Resources from ALA

Here are a few resources and a listing of things that are new this year that come from a semi-comprehensive, 25 page document from ALA titled What’s Happening, A Pre-Midwinter Update, 2014-2015 CD#4. I wanted to make special mention of the blood drive. Yep. A blood drive at ALA:

Help save lives by being a blood donor during the mobile blood drive on Saturday or Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm, at the end of the 4800 aisle in the Exhibit Hall.  The mobile blood drive is sponsored by Librarians Build Communities, an ALA Membership Initiative Group.

WHAT’S HAPPENING:  A PRE-MIDWINTER UPDATE

January 23, 2015

This is a personal guide to the ALA Midwinter Meeting.  There is more – much more.  For additional information and more events, check the following sources:

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

The Knight Foundation will be announcing the winners of the latest Knight News Challenge, which posed the question: “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?”  Friday, January 30, 1:00-2:30pm, McCormick Place (MCP) West-W470a.

AASL is launching an awareness campaign about the importance of school librarians: School Librarians Transform Learning.  Visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries-make-difference  for ways you can get involved.

In line with the International Sustainability Standard Certificate achieved by McCormick Place, there will be ALA Badge Recycling Collection Bins throughout the convention center – near parking entrances and on level 3.

ALA Conference Services has been working with BluuBeam,  an iBeacon provider, to make information readily accessible on your smartphone.  To get the app, search for BluuBeam in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store, or text the word “link” to 38470.  Once you have the app, an alert on your phone shows you information relevant to your location when you come within range of a Beam (about 40’).  You’ll get links to content like slides and handouts  (to use on-site or save for later) for talks and sessions such as “News You Can Use,” and information from places like the ALA Store, ALA Membership Pavilion, and the Networking Uncommons when you visit their spaces.  You can also save the link to access selected session recordings after the Midwinter Meeting.  See page 43 in the Meeting Guide for additional information.

Participate in RUSA’s first Leadership Development and Speed Mentoring Session, Saturday, January 31, 3:30-5:30pm, Hilton-Chicago, Waldorf Room.

Is it hard to figure out where to start getting involved in ALA?  Check out the new “Engage with ALA” page:  http://www.ala.org/membership/myala/engage

Want to comment on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax form delivery service?  Discuss your experiences obtaining tax forms and discuss how you think the cuts in tax materials should be handled for your library at “Tell the IRS: Tax Forms in the Library,” 11:30am-12:30pm, Sunday, February 1, McCormick Place West-W187, sponsored by the ALA Washington Office.

IGNITE! Sessions, noon-12:30pm, Saturday-Monday, MCP-W183a

Need an energy boost midday?  Try one of these sets of six 5-minute presentations.  The half-hour programs cover everything from geek culture to diversity and improving library websites.  See pages 18-19 in the Midwinter Meeting Guide for a list of topics and speakers.  Or, search IGNITE!  in the Scheduler.

Help save lives by being a blood donor during the mobile blood drive on Saturday or Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm, at the end of the 4800 aisle in the Exhibit Hall.  The mobile blood drive is sponsored by Librarians Build Communities, an ALA Membership Initiative Group.   Note also the related session in the “News You Can Use”:  “Blood Donation: Facts, Fear, and Discrimination,” with Dr. Magda Houlberg (Howard Brown Health Center), Dr. Robert Garofalo (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) and the Honorable Mike Quigley (Congressman, Illinois 5th District), sponsored by the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), Sunday, 8:30-10:00am, MCP-W183c.

As part of the Everyday Advocacy campaign, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is giving away buttons emblazoned with the slogan “Creating a Better Future for Children through Libraries.”  Buttons will be available at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, as well as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Attached to each button will be a tip sheet, created by the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee.  A virtual button will also be available for those unable to attend Midwinter or Annual. The campaign will launch at the Leadership & ALSC session, Saturday, January 31, 8:30am, McCormick Place West-W179.

The ALCTS Photo Scavenger Hunt returns at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting!  The Photo Scavenger Hunt runs from Saturday through Monday and you can score points – and possibly win prizes — by snapping photos of all the great people, places and things around you.  The list of scavenger items to be photographed will be posted to the ANMIG ALA Connect page as well as the Flickr group discussion board (join the ALCTS at Midwinter 2015 Flickr Group).  Questions?  Contact Emily Whitmore at ewhitmore@ala.org

Pick up a pocket card with the ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences.  It includes a summary of the statement, as well as emergency contact information.  See page 47 in the Meeting Guide for the full text of the Statement.

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