Ticketed Events

Midwinter 2018 Ticketed Events


To register for any of the following events, you can include them with your initial registration, or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don't have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing alaregistration@compusystems.com.



Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ACR1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $295 - Other Member: $295 - Non-Member: $325 - ACRL Member: $255

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich their individual teaching practices, as well as their local instruction programs and institutions. Throughout this workshop participants will explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to their own instructional work. Attendees will apply their learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for their local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships. 

More specifically, participants will: 

  • Recognize the overarching goals and the major components of the Framework and what theories influenced the document's creation. 
  • Reflect on their personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence their engagement with the document. 
  • Examine their unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for their pedagogical work. 
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition. 
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians' instructional roles and partnerships. 
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators. 

Applying Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Manuscripts)
Mon., February 12, 2018 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Event Code: ACR2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $150 - Other Member: $150 - Non-Member: $175 - ACRL Member: $150

This workshop will provide an introduction to DCRM(MSS), the new RBMS standard for cataloging individual manuscripts. The workshop will include a brief introduction to the manual’s guiding principles, discussion of how manuscript cataloging differs from the cataloging of published materials, introduction to the treatment of major elements of the catalog record in DCRM(MSS) (such as the title, place of production and date, and extent), and hands-on practice in applying DCRM(MSS).

Attendees will acquire an understanding of the considerations involved in cataloging individual manuscripts, and will gain practice in applying DCRM(MSS) to the cataloging of different types of manuscripts commonly found in special collections using provided examples. Each attendee will receive a hard copy of DCRM(MSS) manual. Participants should have experience in MARC cataloging using AACR2; familiarity with DCRM(B) and/or DACS will be helpful.


A Recipe for Growth: Design Thinking + Co-Creation + Leadership
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ALA1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $250 - Other Member: $250 - Non-Member: $250

With tight budgets, uneven access to resources, and aging infrastructure, how do libraries work together to identify solutions that ensure every community within the system gets a piece of the pie? In this interactive session, participants learn from the experiences of the Maine State Library and get hands-on experience with design thinking tools and leadership processes used during its first year of an inter-organizational effort to innovate around four core statewide services and challenges. Participants learn how to establish a culture of innovation and shared leadership, address opportunities and barriers, and create success at their organization.

RDA Toolkit Redesign Update and Preview
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ALA2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $249/$269 - Other Member: $129/$149 - Non-Member: $289/$309

This day-long event will provide an in-depth update on the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign, also known as the 3R Project. ALA Publishing representatives will share a sneak preview of the redesign, covering all aspects of the new site (display, navigation, profiles, revisions, etc.). Members of the RDA Steering Committee and other experts will discuss new approaches to key cataloging issues with presentations on attributes as relationships, recording names and access points, and treatment of serials. The event will include numerous opportunities for audience feedback and discussion. The RDA Update Forum on Saturday, February 10th will offer an abridged overview of the progress of the 3R project and is free to all conference attendees; however, this ticketed pre-conference event will go into much greater detail and allow attendees to share their thoughts on the direction of the project. More details to come.


Empowering Access and Ensuring Accessibility: Connecting People to Information and Collections 
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ALC1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $269 - Other Member: $99 - Non-Member: $319 - ALCTS Member: $219

Connecting people to information is a fundamental tenet of librarianship. In the rapidly evolving information environment, librarians strive to enhance access and increase accessibility for all populations. These concepts are particularly important for those working in collections and technical services, where responsibility for identifying, selecting, acquiring, organizing, managing, digitizing, and preserving recorded knowledge resides. This symposium explores the landscape and horizon of collections and technical services work as it contributes to access and broad accessibility to stimulate knowledge creation, to foster innovation, and to empower libraries to have a transformative role in society.


Conversational Intelligence: What it is, Why it's important, and How to increase it
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00, Noon
Event Code: ASC1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $199 - Other Member: $199 - Non-Member: $225

Participants will learn: 

  • Key concepts from neuroscience research about how the brain determines whether there is trust and safety, or distrust and shut down.
  • Explore three levels of conversation, and how to quickly move from levels 1 and 2 (transactional and power seeking) to level 3 (co-creation).
  • Identify new strategies for increasing trust and authenticity in leadership development, partnerships, coaching, mentoring, and professional development.

Opportunities for Linkage and Application* 
This session will help participants assess which of 3 levels their conversations have been and what the results are, and learn new strategies for getting to level 3 conversations.  This level is where transformational conversations happen, which are necessary for change, growth, innovation, and quality improvement. Participants will plan how to incorporate the new strategies into their work at the end of the session. 

The format of the session will include multiple adult learning strategies, so participants have time and a structured process to reflect on new information, make connections with existing knowledge, and develop ways to try new approaches based on the new learning.  I use small group and pairs discussions, reading and reflecting, gallery walks, and a tool for participants to reflect on what they have learned and make a plan to try something new.  The session will be very engaging and interactive. 

Collective Leadership: Activating the Gifts of You and Your Team
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Code: ASC2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $199 - Other Member: $199 - Non-Member: $225

Collective leadership is about changing the way we think about leadership from something you do alone to or for others, to something that you do with others. The benefits of adopting collective leadership include: better decisions, increased self-direction and motivation, shared responsibility, increased engagement and investment, and sustainability. 

Foundational to adopting collective leadership is building trust. This session will cover the essential ingredients for collective leadership, the relationship between individual and collective leadership, and how to bring out the best of you and your team through collective leadership. The session will cover a framework for collective leadership that includes 5 elements and 11 practices. 

In this session participants will: identify ways they are already developing collective leadership; learn about the neuroscience which supports conversations that build trust; and explore strategies for identifying shared goals, identifying and building on strengths, facilitating exciting and energizing meetings, effective shared decision making, and rotating/sharing roles


Chapter Leaders Forum
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 9:00am – 3:30pm 
Event Code: CRO1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $80 - Other Member: $80 - Non-Member: $80

The Chapter Leaders Forum, presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Committee at each ALA Midwinter and Annual, provides a wonderful opportunity for Chapter Leaders (especially incoming leaders) to meet and discuss a full agenda on topics to help prepare them to lead an association. Topics have included Effective Membership Development and Retention, Generating New Revenue, and Successful Advocacy: Local, State and Federal. This event requires advance registration and includes lunch. 


Professional Etiquette 101
Sun., February 11, 2018 - 1:00pm – 2:30pm 
Event Code: HRD1

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

There are times nearly every day when you have to make a choice of whether to use good etiquette or possibly risk embarrassment. Good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life. This interactive presentation will equip you with the essential skills to help you put your best foot forward and avoid making a faux pas. The session focuses on professional etiquette as it relates to dining, dress/appearance (for job interviews, receptions, etc.), behavior and communications in the professional world. We will provide an extensive tutorial on etiquette skills needed when meeting potential employers, colleagues, or others in professional and social networking settings. It does not matter if you are a student, a new graduate, or a professional who has been working for years. The information provided in this session will be useful either as an introduction or refresher. Everyone who attends can benefit. Cost is complimentary. Register early, as seating is limited. To register for this event, you should use the ALA Midwinter registration form. If you have already registered, you may add it to your registration. Use event code: HRD1. For more information, email the Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) at hrdr@ala.org. 


Service Safari: Learning from the Best
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Event Code: LLA1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $175 - Other Member: $50 - Non-Member: $275 - LLAMA Member: $125

In this all-day tour and program we’ll see service models in multiple settings and explore how they can be applied to our libraries and customers. In the morning we’ll visit local retail businesses to see how they excel in customer service. We’ll then go to the Anythink Wright Farms library to have guided discussions on what we’ve learned and how we can develop new service models for our own libraries. Bus transportation and lunch is provided. So, put on your pith helmet, bring your flashlight, and discover what’s needed to think about a change in service approaches! 


Moving into Leadership: Transitioning into a New Role

Fri., February 9, 2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Event Code: LLA2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $195 - Other Member: $75 - Non-Member: $295 - LLAMA Member: $145

Interested a leadership role and how to prepare yourself? Join us for the 8th LLAMA Career Institute to hear from a panel of academic, medical, and public library leaders who will share what they encountered as leaders and outline how they identified priorities, focused their energy, and managed their time as new leaders as well as discuss the role of mentors and mentoring in their career paths. Attendees will increase their competence in several of LLAMA’s 14 foundational leadership competencies including communication skills, change management, collaboration and partnerships, problem solving, and evidence-based decision making. Registration fee includes lunch and materials. 


Managing Microaggressions
Thurs., February 8, 2018 - 8:30am -12:00, Noon
Event Code: ODL1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $50 - Other Member: $50 - Non-Member: $75

This session will contextualize and deconstruct microaggressions to uncover often-unintended consequences. Participants will consider how to effectively challenge microaggressions.


Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Bootcamp
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:00am -11:30am
Event Code: OIF1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $25 - Other Member: $25 - Non-Member: $25

This session urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community, expand the way we have been advocating for libraries, and prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we'll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.

Building on the momentum and resources of ALA's new public awareness and advocacy campaign, Libraries Transform, focuses on four key messages:

  • Libraries transform lives.
  • Libraries transform communities.
  • Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning.
  • Libraries are a smart investment.

The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement and intellectual freedom basics such as the Library Bill of Rights and essential policies. Attendees will focus on working on an advocacy plan that they can implement in their library.

Recruit and Rally: Advocacy Training Institute
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 12:30pm -4:00pm
Event Code: OIF2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $25 - Other Member: $25 - Non-Member: $25

After attendees are inspired and awed by the Advocacy Bootcamp, this session will empower advocates to return to their professional communities and train others to re-define the library community and expand library advocacy with techniques and strategies that are proving time and again to succeed for our communities. 

Continuing with their dynamic partnership, ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and Office for Intellectual Freedom will prepare attendees with this training program to further re-think advocacy methods and to cultivate the next generation of library advocates, arming libraries around the country with a skillset to meet today's challenges head-on.


Libraries Transforming Communities: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Event Code: PPO1

In this one-day workshop, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) will introduce and advance academic librarians' skills in convening and facilitating community conversations on issues of importance to their communities and the nation. National Issues Forums is a model for deliberative dialogue, a neutrally moderated forum for people to come together with the goal of finding a shared direction to take based on our values. This model is intended to help people explore the tensions in these issues, identify what they value, work through tough choices, and seek areas of common ground for action. 

Participants in this session will experience a National Issues Forum, learn the principles of deliberative dialogue and receive training in the NIFI approach of how to convene a forum and build skills as a forum moderator. Additional resources will be shared to help academic libraries organize forums. 

Please Note: This event is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Models for Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) that seeks to strengthen libraries' roles as core community leaders and agents of change. This is workshop is the culminating session of a dialogue and deliberation series designed for academic libraries. Registration for this free training is by application only (apply.ala.org/LTCMidwinter). To be eligible, participants are required to be from an academic library, view the free three-part webinar series, and read the related readings. For more information, visit www.ala.org/LTC. 

LTC: Models for Change is made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 


RUSA Genealogy Institute Sponsored by ProQuest
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 8:00am -4:00pm
Event Code: RUS1

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

The RUSA Genealogy Institute will explore diverse topics in genealogy and genealogy research; such as, highlighting local sources of archival and genealogical information; genealogy research training for non-genealogy librarians; new genealogical and historical databases and resources; new trends in genealogical research – including new technologies; using DNA testing to overcome genealogical roadblocks; and other hot topics in areas of genealogy, history and archives. This event is free but registration is required. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by ProQuest. 


Gala Author Tea - Sponsored by ReferenceUSA
Mon., February 12, 2018 - 2:00pm -4:00pm
Event Code: UNI1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $60 - Other Member: $60 - Non-Member: $60 - United for Libraries Member: $55

Bestselling writers will discuss their forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow with most books available for free. This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA. Tickets cost $60 in advance ($55 for United for Libraries members) or $65 on site.

United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees
Fri., February 9, 2018 - 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Event Code: UNI2

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free afternoon of expert speakers and learning opportunities. The afternoon will include a keynote followed by concurrent breakout sessions. This preconference is free, but requires registration. An agenda and list of speakers will be available on the United for Libraries website.


Morris & Nonfiction Award Presentation
Mon., February 12, 2018 - 10:30am – 12:00, Noon 
Event Code: YAL1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $25 - Other Member: $25 - Non-Member: $25 - YALSA Member: $22

Come celebrate the 2018 honorees and winners for the Morris Award and the YA Nonfiction Award! Enjoy coffee, tea, and danish and listen to the winners and finalists speak about their honored titles. After the speeches, mingle with the authors and pick up free copies of their books. The Morris finalists and Nonfiction finalists are announced the first week of December. Tickets are $25 and include a continental breakfast and 2-3 free books, generously donated by the publishers.  

To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial registration, or add them later.  Early Advance registration closes Wed., December 13, 2017 at 12:00, Noon (Central).