October 31, 2014

Midwinter Murmurs | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

Despite what appeared to be high registration for the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, we heard low rumblings of discontent. These comments were usually voiced late in the night at the parties and barroom gatherings. Much said at such gatherings never moves into the formal deliberations of ALA legislation. That is too bad. Some of it deserves attention and might even help ALA remain as strong as it is today.

Office of Intellectual Freedom Reaches Out for Help as Challenges Slip Through the Cracks | ALA Midwinter 2014

At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference in Philadelphia, the organization’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) stated that the number of challenges to books in school and public libraries is on the rise. Some464 challenges were reported to OIF officials in 2012, a steep rise from the 328 recorded in 2011 and 2010’s total of 346 reported challenges.

Big Spenders Meet Vendors & Job Seekers

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According to the American Library Association (ALA), 50 percent of those attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia will be top managers in libraries; 92 percent will have “buying influence” for products or services exhibited; and 62 percent will find new companies with which to do business during their time in the exhibits. The pitch emphasizes that the Midwinter Meeting has been redesigned to include programs and special events to “become the place where librarians from across the country discuss and explore the future of libraries and librarianship.” More than 8,000 librarians are expected in the City of Brotherly Love, and according to ALA’s message to exhibitors, “These are the decision makers you need to meet!”

DCWG: Showcase the Influence of Libraries with National Book of the Month

DCWG: Showcase the Influence of Libraries with National Book of the Month

The American Library Association’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) has begun exploring an idea that could help publishers better understand the powerful impact that libraries can have for their authors and their bottom line.

Comics in Libraries: iVerse, Brodart Set Date for Comics Plus: Library Edition; OverDrive in Talks with Manga Publishers

Comics in Libraries: iVerse, Brodart Set Date for Comics Plus: Library Edition; OverDrive in Talks with Manga Publishers

This weekend, iVerse Media announced that its Comics Plus: Library Edition will be available to school and public library patrons via tablet computers, desktops, and mobile devices beginning on April 1. In recent months, more than 250 libraries have been beta testing the service, which offers about 10,000 comics and graphic novel titles, including “Adventure Time,” “Doonesbury,” “Bone,” “Mouse Guard,” “Sesame Street,” and “Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.”

Comics in Libraries: iVerse, Brodart Set Date for Comics Plus: Library Edition; OverDrive in Talks with Manga Publishers

This weekend, iVerse Media announced that its Comics Plus: Library Edition will be available to school and public library patrons via tablet computers, desktops, and mobile devices beginning on April 1. In recent months, more than 250 libraries have been beta testing the service, which offers about 10,000 comics and graphic novel titles, including “Adventure Time,” “Doonesbury,” “Bone,” “Mouse Guard,” “Sesame Street,” and “Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.”

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

Friday’s ERT/Booklist Author Forum, moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper, brought together a diverse group of novelists to talk about the state of the novel and the role place plays in fiction. Literary fiction writer Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats), prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks (“Shannara” series), thriller writer Gregg Olsen (Fear Collector), and [...]

ALA Midwinter Preview: The Reinvented Conference | Seattle, WA, January 25–29, 2013

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With a promise to attendees of “inspiring content” and a message to potential exhibitors that they’ll get to chat with “the decision-makers you need to meet,” the American Library Association (ALA) has scheduled its Midwinter Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle, January 25–29, 2013. ALA says Midwinter has been “redesigned,” but the change seems more extensive, more like reinvented. The transformation is clearly needed to attract exhibitors and members whose fees will help ALA clear a deficit from the last fiscal year and avoid revenue shortfalls in FY13, both partly caused by declining conference revenues.

Reference News from ALA Midwinter

Talk at this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting was of how dead it seemed, but, as usual, anecdata falls short of the real story. A total of 9,929 attendees (6,236 regular attendees and 3,693 exhibitor staff) converged in Dallas, a decrease of only 181 people from last Midwinter in San Diego. The mood was much lighter [...]

ALA Midwinter 2012 Tech Highlights: iPad Kiosks, Social Integration, Freading, and More

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At the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas, LJ was on the exhibit floor taking a look at library tech companies’ latest wares. Here are a few of the highlights.