The American Library Association (ALA) hold an annual business meeting known as the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Generally held in January, the conference draws more than 8,000 leaders in the library and information industry for some 2,500 meetings and events. Hundreds of exhibits feature the latest in books, videos, computers and other materials available to today's libraries and their users.
With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the Midwinter Meeting. The Exhibit Hall offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss with expert vendors the breadth and depth of new and favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies.
By its very nature, the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting attracts a focused group of top library professionals from across the country and across all facets of librarianship and information technology. No longer just a business meeting of the Association, the Midwinter Meeting has been redesigned to include programs and special events focused on the conversation of librarianship. The Midwinter Meeting has quickly become the place where librarians from across the country discuss and explore the future of libraries and librarianship. They are searching for new ways to deliver service and keep their libraries as a focal point of the
communities they serve. Over 8,000 librarians are expected to register; the statistics speak for themselves; these are the decision makers you need to meet.
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The Midwinter Meeting will draw record numbers from the region and attract a strong national audience.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Junot Diaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. By self-admission, Diaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. He once spent five years working on a 15-page story. But he has said, "In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."
Islandborn is Diaz’ first work of fiction for young readers, a picture book illustrated by Leo Espinosa, scheduled for release in February 2018. Little Lola is asked to draw a picture of her home country for school. To help with her assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors for their recollections of the Island. What emerges is a stunning portrait of a place that Lola once called home, and the magic that comes when culture, tradition, and stories are passed down and shared. The book offers a diverse portrait of characters who have migrated to New York from all around the world, and shows the importance of community as they support each other, and their respective cultures.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. An immigrant himself, this is a topic he is very passionate about, and one he considers very timely.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review, and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.