April 19, 2018

Shows & Events

First Year Experience Conference at CWRU Focuses on Service, Student Retention

The third Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference, held at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University on March 21 and 22, focuses on all aspects of the first-year student experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students.

Hackfests, UX, Personal Data, and Media Among Trends at ER&L 2018

The comprehensive program at the 13th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference featured presentations from danah boyd and Robyn Caplan of the Data & Society Research Institute.

City of Library Love: PLA 2018 in Philadelphia

For many attending the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 conference in Philadelphia, the biggest challenge was simply getting there, thanks to an early spring Nor’easter that dumped snow from Washington, DC to New England on Wednesday, March 21. Just under 6,000 public library professionals and supporters registered to attend in person, with 1,821 exhibitors signed up as well.

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Downtown Philadelphia: Where to Eat, Relax, and Explore

There’s perhaps no better time to explore it than right now, and—lucky for you—the Philadelphia Convention Center is smack dab in the middle of some of Philly’s greatest hits.

AI, Personalization, and Privacy: Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2018

The Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends Panel, held during the American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter conference in Denver, CO, included discussions of AI, drones, personalization and privacy, the embedding of libraries in academic learning processes, and more.

IFLA LGBTQ Group Protests Kuala Lumpur Conference Location

As IFLA prepares for its 84th annual World Library and Information Congress, the chosen location—Kuala Lumpur—is sending up red flags because of Malaysia’s track record on civil rights. Since the conference location was announced at the closing session of the 2016 WLIC, IFLA’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Users Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), have written open letters to IFLA administration stating their concerns.

City of Library Love | PLA Preview 2018

Philadelphia welcomes public librarians from across America to the biennial Public Library Association conference.

News from the Show Floor | ALA Midwinter 2018

Library vendors had lots of news to share at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver. Here are a few of the announcements LJ had the opportunity to learn about in person.

Noteworthy or Not: Are Keynotes Worth Keeping | From the Bell Tower

Keynote talks are still fairly standard fare at library conferences. Librarians tend to have a love-hate relationship with keynotes. Do they still add value to our conferences or is there a better alternative?

Redefining Libraries, Librarianship, and ALA | ALA Midwinter 2018

The 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting returned to Denver for the fourth time since 1982, offering attendees a range of programming from high-name-recognition speakers to a controversial President’s Program to a lively assortment of forward-looking symposia sponsored by the Center for the Future of Libraries.