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Mita Williams on Makerspaces

In this ALA Master Series session, Mita Williams, user experience librarian at the University of Windsor, explains that fab labs and makerspaces can combat library patrons' anxiety about science.

Mita Williams on Libraries, Maker Movement

In this ALA Master Series session, Mita Williams, user experience librarian at the University of Windsor, explains that some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. There is now a lengthy continuum of organizations that seem to share many similarities with the libraries of today.

Young Children and New Media in Libraries

During the Young Children, New Media, and Libraries session on Sunday, Julie Roach, manager of youth services at Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library, moderated as J.

Geeking Out

During the Women in Geekdom panel on Saturday, five self-proclaimed nerds shared their thoughts on how libraries can build communities by reaching out to local fans/patrons and creating programming that attracts people of all ages.

Marketing on Fire

Librarians flew through low- to no-cost marketing solutions in the Monday Ignite Session, Marketing On-the-Cheap for Small Libraries.

The 30-minute Ignite Sessions consist of 5-minute presentations accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. The pace is fast, and the ideas flow even faster. It’s a lot of information to digest in a short amount of time, but it creates great energy.

Library Leaders Talk Tech

The Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Technology Trends panel convened on Sunday at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago, with five librarians and library professionals each offering two tech trends impacting libraries.

The ALA Archives

The ALA Archives is the Association’s official repository, housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1973. The archives maintains official records, correspondence, personal papers, ephemera, and other materials that document ALA and the history of librarianship, from the first U.S. library conference in 1853 to the 2015 Midwinter Meeting.

2015 ALA Presidential Candidates Forum

ALA presidential candidates James LaRue, Joseph Janes, Julie Todaro, and JP Porcaro respond to audience questions at the Midwinter Meeting.

Questions:

2:04: Opening statements.

19:15: Describe your experience in ALA and ALA Council.

24:38: What institutional and spousal or significant other support do you have?

30:44: Are you a current member of the Freedom to Read Foundation and if not, why not?

The Making of the Illinois Author Project

In 2013, a group of librarians in northern Illinois teamed up to create “Soon To Be Famous: The Illinois Author Project” to demonstrate how important self-published books can be in the lives of readers. They were inspired by a talk given by academic and author David Vinjamuri at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, where he noted that libraries were paying $84 for books that patrons could buy for $14. He challenged his audience to do something about that.

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