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Former ALA President Barbara Ford gets fitted with Google Glass. Photo by Paul Signorelli
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.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
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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.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Left to right: Chris Prom, Cara Bertram, and Denise Rayman
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.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
2014 ALA Midwinter Top 10 Tweets
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:
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
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.
Posted January 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Enthusiastc members of the New Members Round Table
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 INALJ.com.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
One of the most exciting and interactive ALA sessions took place on Saturday afternoon. Many people outside of the young adult literature world might not be familiar with the Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Chrystie Hill, from a screenshot of her presentation at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
What is TEDx, and why should libraries get involved? ALA President Barbara Stripling and two presenters were on hand at the Saturday morning Midwinter session, “Talk about Innovation! TEDx @ your Library,” to help librarians answer those questions.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Wes Moore. screenshot from an excerpt of his 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting appearance.
Speakers often come to ALA meetings and talk about a library, a librarian, or perhaps a book that changed their life. And in some ways, Wes Moore’s story about a book on college freshmen basketball stars called Fab Five, which turned his rejection of books into a passion for reading, was not unusual.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Midwinter attendees try out Google Glass
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.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0