Top Ten (Really!) Tweets—Day Five (Tuesday)

Time to say goodbye to Midwinter, lug all those ARCs and tote bags back home, and return to reality. It was the best of times (Midwinter was awesome!), it was the worst of times (it was very cold). Tweeps share their farewells, their reflections, and their recovery:

Tales of a Former Child Soldier

“When you’ve been so deeply touched by violence, you don’t glorify it. You’re not fascinated by it in any way,” author Ishmael Beah told a captivated crowd of several hundred on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Council III Critiques Government Surveillance

ALA Council wrapped up its business for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting at Council III this morning, announcing the election of three new members—Peter D. Hepburn, Gina L. Persichini, and Gail A. Schlachter—to the ALA Executive Board for three-year terms. Mike L. Marlin was also elected to a five-month term, replacing Sylvia K. Norton, who now serves as executive director for the American Association of School Libraries (AASL).

Showing Up

“We don’t have to be perfect,” Lisa Bunker reminded me over lunch on Monday. “We just have to show up.”

Council II: Snowden Resolution, and Others

Despite concluding earlier than scheduled, ALA Council II managed to address nearly every item on its agenda on Monday, passing the FY2014 Programmatic Priorities, as presented by ALA Treasurer Mario Gonzalez (CD#13), and an action item from the Policy Monitoring Committee on prayer in ALA meetings (CD#17).

ALA Council also heard a report from Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) President Julius C. Jefferson (CD#22) on litigation activities, developing issues, the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, and strategic plan initiatives and FTRF membership.

Top Ten (Plus Seven) Tweets—Day 4 (Monday)

For many, today was the last day of Midwinter, but also one of the most exciting.


A great way to start your morning is a large cup of coffee, a bagel, and the Youth Media Awards:

Publishers, Vendors, and Libraries in 2014

“What drives acquisitions in 2014?” is the teaser for the 2014 Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. A panel with one representative apiece from publishing, book jobbers, and libraries painted a picture of forces at play, including relationships represented by each side of the publisher/vendor/library triangle.

Interview with Melissa Sweet

Award-winning children’s book creator Melissa Sweet was at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia where she spoke with American Libraries about the extensive research she does before crafting a book and the importance of her small-town library in Maine.

Among Sweet’s awards are a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words (Eerdmans, 2008) and, more recently, a 2014 Sibert Honor for A Splash of Red (Knopf), which was announced at the January 27 Youth Media Awards. Watch the video (2:27).

Where the Sausage Gets Made

As a first-timer at Midwinter, perhaps I didn't know any better, but I crashed the meeting of the All Committee and Executive Committee of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Acquisitions Section on Saturday afternoon. The Policy and Planning Committee and the Research and Statistics Committee were gracious enough to let me sit in on their business meetings. This was my first glimpse into how the work of ALA gets done.


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