The Excitement of the Youth Media Awards

If there's any one reason all librarians, and particularly those who work with children and teens, should attend the Midwinter Meeting, it's so they can attend the unforgettable live spectacle that is the Youth Media Awards (YMA) announcements (see all the winners here). Once you've been there, you will never again think of books and media the same way.

Adi Redzic on What We Owe Each Other

Adi Redzic, cofounder and executive director of the financial-literacy organization iOme [I owe me],  provided an engaging example of the power of storytelling at “Financial Literacy: Why Students Need Librarians to Get Involved” on Saturday at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia,.

A Private Look at Primates

On Sunday night, I had the grand experience of joining New York Times–bestselling author Nancy Tillman at a book signing for her new children's book titled Let There Be Light, coauthored with Nobel Peace Prize–winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Working Parents of Small Children, Unite

More than a dozen academic librarians—and one 13-month-old—met late Sunday afternoon at the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia for a session titled “ACRL Balancing Baby and Book Discussion Group.”

Topics at this one-hour informal gathering ran the gamut, from conversations about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to parental leave policies at various institutions to discussions about child care services, both at professional conferences and on campus.

Guerrilla Storytime

On Sunday the Uncommons were rocking with the sound of some 40 children's librarians singing the classic children's rhyme “Open, Shut Them” together as one as they opened the first-ever Midwinter session of “Guerrilla Storytime.”

Top Ten (Not Really) Tweets—Day 3 (Sunday)

It’s mid-Midwinter and the level of excitement is only getting higher.


Obligatory swag appreciation tweet:

Philly Librarians Falter at AAP’s Library Family Feud

The Association of American Publishers’ Library Committee Chair Chris Vaccari hosted a Family Feud battle (based on the TV show) between Philadelphia librarians and authors at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Team Librarian featured Jeanne Clancy of Chester County Library, Molly Kritchten of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Garry “Bob” Rubenstein of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Janis Stubbs of Delaware County Library System, and Sandra Thompson, Free Library of Philadelphia.

Taking the Leap

“What is he doing up there, writing a book?” A paratrooper on the ground said these words as David Baldacci, bestselling author of Absolute Power and King and Maxwell, stood atop a four-story tower at the US Army base at Fort Benning, Georgia, considering a jump. The nearly invisible wire attached to his shoulder strap would, the jump master assured him, keep him alive. Baldacci had been on the tower a few minutes and the Airborne Rangers on the ground at Fort Benning weren’t sure he would actually jump. But he did.

The Evolution of Digital Comics in Libraries

Comic book production, presentation, and distribution are evolving. Digital comics are on the rise, and the comic book industry is struggling to adapt its traditional print models to the new form. This struggle impacts libraries and their patrons as much as it does the average comic consumer. “The Continuing Evolution of Digital Comics in Libraries,” a panel discussion presented by the ALA Comic Book and Graphic Novel Member Initiative Group, addressed the situation.

Survival Skills for Newbies in Academe

Tyler Dzuba, physics-optics-astronomy librarian at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) River Campus Libraries, moderated a panel of speakers who shared advice for new librarians on how to pick your battles, how to identify opportunities for change, and when to accept things as they are.


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