American Libraries Magazine

ALA members network with panelists after the New Members Round Table Orientation meeting. Photo by Stephen M. Brooks
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.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Jobs
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.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
When online, is it safe or dangerous asks the signage in the simulated library created by 5th graders. Screenshot from "Digital Citizenship in Minecraft" game
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.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Jason Griffey sports Google Glass. Photo by Paul Signorelli
Hanging out took on a completely new meaning Friday afternoon in the Networking Uncommons at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Don't throw away your conference program.
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.
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
Emily Drabinski shows off her open access journal at the Library Juice Academy booth in the Exhibits Hall
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. 
Posted January 25, 2014 | Comments: 0
The backs of many big heads were on hand at the ALCTS Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group meeting
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.
Posted January 24, 2014 | Comments: 0
2014 ALA Midwinter Top 10 Tweets
On the first day of Midwinter,Twitter gave to me… Extreme weather:
Posted January 24, 2014 | Comments: 0
Dine-Around Philly at El Vez
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.
Posted January 24, 2014 | Comments: 0
Idea board at the Networking Uncommons of the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia
My first ALA Midwinter began the same way my first Annual began: in a dimly lit conference room for an unconference. Unconference is a participant-guided experience that aims to reinvent the informal, unstructured conversations that colleagues have at conferences.
Posted January 24, 2014 | Comments: 0