Through the Google Glass at Midwinter

In February 2013, Google launched its Google Glass, an eyeglass-type wearable computer to developers for $1,500. These early purchasers, called “explorers” by Google, are testing the product and providing feedback on how to improve and use it before it launches broadly to the public, probably later this year.

Librarians who want to test it without the hefty entry fee have a chance at ALA Midwinter Meeting. Google set up a booth outside the registration area and invited attendees to try Glass for themselves.

New Members Round Table Orientation

All right, so I’m not a new librarian and I’ve been attending ALA events since 2006, but since Philadelphia is my first Midwinter Meeting, I decided to check out the New Members Round Table (NMRT) orientation session Saturday morning.

Andrea Mullarkey of Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library moderated a panel discussion among several experienced librarians: Emily Prather-Rodgers (NMRT president), Ron Jankowski (ALA membership development director), Kay Kassell (ALA Membership Committee), Alice Knapp (Exhibits Round Table) and Siobhan Reardon (director, Free Library of Philadelphia).

So You're Looking for a Job: Now What?

At Saturday’s 9 a.m. session at the JobLIST Placement Center, two human resources directors offered some insight into what makes an application stand out, how candidates can best prepare for an interview, and how to negotiate a salary offer.

The one-hour session, titled “HR Confidential: Insider Tips from Library HR Directors,” was presented by Kathryn Kjaer of the University of California, Irvine, and Leo Agnew of the University of Iowa.

An Original Minecraft Game in Six Weeks

Valerie Hill’s students can make a polished puppet show in minutes with an iPad app. When they’re finished, they say “Now what?” In the past, students might have spent an entire day making the actual puppets and performing the show. During her presentation at “Information Literacy and Gamification Using Minecraft,” Hill, a librarian for the Lewisville (Tex.) Independent School District, stressed the need for a balance of tradition and innovation. Games like Minecraft, which allow students to create embedded experiences, achieve this balance, she said.

Hanging Out with the Tech Crowd

Hanging out took on a completely new meaning Friday afternoon in the Networking Uncommons at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

What I Learned at the NMRT Orientation

10 Midwinter and ALA things you should absolutely never do if you want to have the best conference experience ever; or If a Buzzfeed writer attended the New Members Round Table Conference Orientation session....

1. Don't throw away your program.

Don't throw away your program









High Hopes for the Weekend

My Midwinter conference really began with lunch at Reading Terminal. It’s exciting that the Convention Center is located so close to a plethora of amazing food options. I hope that many impromptu lunch meetings with my colleagues will end up there. 

Tech Services Big Heads

I got up early on Friday morning and found my way to the ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group (aka Tech Services Big Heads) meeting in the Marriott Hotel. The meeting began with two presentations about inter-institutional cooperative cataloging efforts: one among the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC libraries of the historic Big Ten plus University of Chicago) and the other among three Ivy League schools and the University of Toronto.

Top Ten (Okay, a Dozen) Tweets—Day 1 (Friday)

On the first day of Midwinter,Twitter gave to me…

Extreme weather:

Jenny Reiswig tweets: “Hey #alamw14, if you’re cold now, just remember it will be ONE HUNDRED degrees warmer in Las Vegas.”



Day 1: Dine-Around Philly

After some false starts (hello Old Man Winter!), I finally arrived in Philadelphia about two hours before I had concrete places that I needed to be. After walking to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, I was joined by a colleague from a local library in my adopted city of Baltimore, and we had a lively chat about what we could expect at the conference.


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