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.

Top Tech Trends 2014

Openness was a key theme at the “Top Technology Trends” session Sunday morning at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

“We are in the business of making resources available, and we shouldn’t forget that,” said Emily Gore, director for content of the Digital Public Library of America. Gore was one of five panelists speaking to an estimated 200 attendees at LITA’s popular event reporting on changes and advances in technology.

Each panelist and the moderator shared what they see as the next big trends in technology.

OK, Glass

Anyone standing outside on the second day of the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting here in Philadelphia was dusted with snow, but the scene inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center was sizzling.

Council I Session Concludes Early

ALA Council I session whipped through its agenda in barely an hour this morning, approving the 2013 Annual Conference Council Minutes, passing a resolution to improve electronic communications for ALA Council, and postponing action on two resolutions to tomorrow’s Council II session. The resolution that passed involves organizing a task force that will prepare an interim report for the 2014 Annual Conference to advise Council on guidelines for email lists and electronic communications, in part to make it easier for members to access Council documents.

Preserving the Association's History

Even the world’s largest library association needs its own archive. And since 1973, ALA has partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to have its institutional records preserved and managed by the university’s library.

Top Ten (Just Kidding!) Tweets—Day 2 (Saturday)

It’s the second day of Midwinter and the biblio-twitterverse is still bustling with excitement. Attendees are still acclimating to all the swag, advanced reader copies, poor weather conditions, and of course, awesome people and events.


Not much love for the snow:

Discrimination, Intersectionality, Librarianship

One of the true highlights of the conference has been the LITA Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship session. This panel took a look at discrimination towards women in the library technology field.

ALA, Networking, and Committees, Oh My!

After I got my MLS in December 2013 (go Eagles!), I knew that I wanted to get actively involved in the profession. I volunteered for a couple of things, acting as an information literacy mentor at a local university, and an assistant editor for After long consideration, I decided that I wanted to join the ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT).


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