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Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Poised for Action

Laurie D. Borman

Exploring Gender Issues in Tech Librarianship

Do issues of gender and race matter in a predominantly white, female profession like librarianship? According to a panel at the LITA-sponsored “Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship” on Sunday, the short answer is “Yes, they impact everyone.”

Since technology is traditionally a male-dominated arena and librarianship is more female, the panel of tech librarians discussed how gender (and broader issues of diversity like race or gender identification) impact the growth and continued relevance of the profession.

A Midwinter Update on the Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) aggregates resources that can be made freely available on the web from libraries, historical associations, and other cultural institutions; applies metadata; provides a platform for discovery; and makes the resources available in one central place on the web for researchers and other interested parties. Executive Director Dan Cohen provided an update on its continued growth on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Pew Research Update

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, led an energetic, insightful, and often humorous discussion of the project's latest research on the role of libraries in their communities and in the lives of their patrons on Sunday at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. Rainie used his quick wit and fast way with words throughout the session to give zing and life to survey results about the library services patrons most appreciate and the different ways that various people think about libraries.

Interview with Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick, author of a slew of books, including the bestseller Silver Linings Playbook, which was transformed into an Oscar-winning film in 2013, was at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia to discuss his new book, The Good Luck of Right Now. Slated for release by Harper Collins on February 11, the book is about one man’s journey to find himself and his life’s meaning through the grieving process and the incredible synchronous levels of events that guide his path. It’s a profound work, and also quite funny.

The Guide to Library Ebook Vendors

A large crowd gathered on Sunday afternoon for “ALA Masters Series: ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors and More,” an introduction to a new resource developed by the ReadersFirst Working Group that will help public librarians evaluate ebook vendors.

Top Ten (Really!) Tweets—Day Five (Tuesday)

Time to say goodbye to Midwinter, lug all those ARCs and tote bags back home, and return to reality. It was the best of times (Midwinter was awesome!), it was the worst of times (it was very cold). Tweeps share their farewells, their reflections, and their recovery:

Tales of a Former Child Soldier

“When you’ve been so deeply touched by violence, you don’t glorify it. You’re not fascinated by it in any way,” author Ishmael Beah told a captivated crowd of several hundred on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Council III Critiques Government Surveillance

ALA Council wrapped up its business for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting at Council III this morning, announcing the election of three new members—Peter D. Hepburn, Gina L. Persichini, and Gail A. Schlachter—to the ALA Executive Board for three-year terms. Mike L. Marlin was also elected to a five-month term, replacing Sylvia K. Norton, who now serves as executive director for the American Association of School Libraries (AASL).

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