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Outstanding International Books to be Announced at ALA Midwinter

The United States Board on Books for Young People (US-BBY) will make its announcement of the 2016 Outstanding International Books, representing the best of international children's literature, at ALA Midwinter.

Following the 2016 Outstanding International Books announcement, author Ruta Sepetys will be speaking about her forthcoming book, Salt to the Sea, set in 1945 as World War II is drawing to a close and inspired by the real-life events related to the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the largest shipwreck in history.

The USBBY event will take place Friday evening January 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 106.

Come See a Bevy of New Books, Products, and Special Events at the ALA Store

Longer hours and easy access near the Networking Uncommons in the North Lobby of the Boston Convention Center make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs — as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available.

ALA Graphics will feature a number of popular posters, bookmarks, and promotional materials. Posters making their conference debuts include Star Wars, Pharrell Williams, Bella Thorne, and Beekle. Popular posters and bookmarks like Batgirl, The Avengers, and Olaf Reading is Cool will also be on hand. Place a bid in our silent auction for a signed Barbara Walters READ poster. Proceeds from the silent auction will go directly back into promoting libraries, literacy, and reading. And stop by early to get your pick of conference t-shirts — they sell out fast!

ALA Publishing is excited to offer several new titles hot off the press, such as the new fourth edition of Richard E. Rubin’s Foundations of Library and Information Science; the new fifth edition of Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, William San-nwald's perennial bestseller; More Storytime Magic, by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker; FRBR, Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models, by Karen Coyle; and Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and Knowledge for an Uncertain Future, edited by Steve O'Connor. Remember that you can find titles from ALA Editions, ALA Neal-Schuman, Facet Publishing, UK, and the ALA Divisions in the ALA Store, and also get free shipping on all book orders placed in the ALA Store (posters, bookmarks, and other gift-type items are not eligible for this offer).

Stop by the ALA Store to learn more about our elearning opportunities, as well as take part in live demos of RDA Toolkit. Meet high-profile authors and pick up an autographed book or two: use the Conference Scheduler to plan your time at Midwinter Meeting, including the author signings taking place at the ALA Store.

Prices at the ALA Store automatically reflect the ALA Member discount, so there's no need to dig out your member number. And remember that every dollar you spend at the ALA Store helps support library advocacy, awareness, and other key programs and initiatives.

ALA Store hours:

Friday January 8
12:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday January 9
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday January 10
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday January 11
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Measuring the Future and Sustainable Thinking Covered in ALA Masters Sessions

The ALA Masters Series is a Midwinter Meeting chance to hear and talk to experts from across library specialties as they describe their latest in-house innovations in fast-paced sessions (over lunchtime — attendees are welcome to bring their lunch). These sessions offer insights into the hottest trends and how librarians are stepping up to them, and this year feature Jason Griffey on “Measuring the Future” and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich on “Sustainable Thinking.”

In “Measuring the Future” on Saturday January 9 from 12:30 — 1:30 p.m., Jason Griffey will address how understanding your spaces can make your library better for everyone. One of the most valuable assets a library has is the physical building itself, but aside from gate count we have remarkably little information about how it's used. What if you could have a Google Analytics style dashboard and understanding of what happened in your library yesterday? Over time, longitudinal data about activity in your library can do amazing things: allow you to plan staffing predictively, let you A/B test displays or furniture arrangements, check what rooms are most popular during different parts of the day or year, and much more. Why just collect statistics when you can use them to actively make your library better for both staff and patrons? Griffey welcomes all attendees to a discussion about these issues and would like to know what attendees would like to see from the Measure the Future project ( Griffey is a librarian, technologist, writer and speaker. He has a blog called Pattern Recognition and also writes Release Candidate, an emerging technologies blog, and writes for the ALA TechSource blog.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will look at “Sustainable Thinking” on Sunday January 10 from 12:30 —1:30 p.m. Libraries must take an active, visible role in building sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. Our future depends on it. We will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way. Smith Aldrich is the owner of Sustainable Libraries, LLC and has been a public library development consultant since 1998. She currently holds the position of Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Her website is

Boston Civic and Social Innovators Share and Inspire at Midwinter Meeting

Boston is one of the nation's leaders in civic and social innovation, with initiatives like the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Innovation District and District Hall, and new approaches to solving serious and persistent community problems.

As part of the Midwinter Meeting, ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries and the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, will bring Boston's spirit of innovation to attendees. “Libraries Transform: Civic and Social Innovation” features Boston-based civic and social innovators for two outward-looking forums exploring the changes happening in our communities, the issues innovators are addressing, and the strategies they are using. These innovations can inspire our efforts to help libraries transform.

Sunday's session, 8:30 — 11:30 a.m. in Boston Convention Center Room 103, will focus on civic innovation with innovators from city government spurring economic and civic development and architects and designers introducing new ideas for public and residential spaces.

Monday's session, 8:30 — 11:30 a.m. in Boston Convention Center Room 103, will focus on social innovation and feature Tiziana Dearing, co-director of Boston College's Center for Social Innovation; Chrismaldi Vasquez, executive director of Boston's Family Independence Initiative; and Veto Casado, executive director of Small Can Be Big. These social innovators bring technology and data to find new solutions to persistent problems.

Each day is structured around three informative presentations. Attendees are encouraged to drop in to the sessions as schedules allow.

Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies

Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively. The SPARC-ACRL Forum, “Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work,” will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. The forum will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday January 9, in room 253c of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Relax and Network

On Monday January 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., members of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Service Association are invited to a Joint Member Reception. This event will take place at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Harbor Ballroom. Come to unwind, mingle with peers, and enjoy light hors d'oevres as well as a cash bar.