ALA Midwinter 2017, Atlanta

I flew down to Atlanta, GA for the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, and for a moment thought I had flown right into spring! Friday was a warm sunny day, and I spent the afternoon getting oriented, picking up my registration gear, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, and enjoying the sunshine.


Saturday proved to be a much rainier, busier day. In the morning, I started out with Developing a Research Agenda for 21st Century Libraries, from the ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics, which had many lively and interactive discussions with librarians from all types of libraries about what we want the scope of future research to look like. Later, I attended another “News You Can Use” session, Adult Literacy through Libraries, which was a good overview of the Action Agenda, its recommendations, and its key priority areas. A lot of afternoon sessions were cancelled out of respect for the Atlanta Women’s March, which kicked off just down the block from the Georgia World Congress Center just as the rain was clearing up. Later in the evening, I met up with the LITA Top Tech Trends committee and my fellow panelists so we could all have a chance to meet in person before the presentation.

On Sunday, I participated in the LITA Top Tech Trends panel, and then I caught 50 Shades of Collaboration: From Ad-Hoc to Consortial Benefits in a Library Service Platform, which was about resource sharing and collaboration, with particular emphasis on the Affordable Learning Georgia inititative and GALILEO, the digital library serving all citizens of Georgia.

The last session I attended was Crafting Successful Youth Civic Engagement in Information Spaces, and then I spent some time talking to vendors in the exhibits hall and testing out plenty of new technologies.