Ticketed Events

Midwinter 2019 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.



Intersection of Scholarly Communication & Information Literacy
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ACR1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $265 - Other Member: $265 - Non-Member: $325 - ACRL Member: $225

Today's shifting academic information landscape provides many challenges and opportunities for librarians to become change agents for campus-wide initiatives and competencies. As we educate and inspire diverse communities of scholars, librarians are encouraged to seek and explore collaborative opportunities that arise at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. The benefits of educational opportunities at the intersections are two-fold:---Students, who are often asked to participate in scholarly conversations without clear understanding of the scholarly information ecology, become aware of the social and economic influences tied to information, and see themselves as members of that scholarly marketplace.---Faculty, who are knowledgeable about scholarly communication in their field, gain a greater sense of information literacy practices and dispositions for themselves and their students.

This interactive workshop will empower participants to leverage the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy in order to develop education and outreach initiatives that address the aspirations and needs of scholars, students, and researchers at their institutions. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to network and build communities of practice focusing on the following themes and outcomes:
Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy-Identify your own working definitions for scholarly communication and information literacy.-Examine the intersecting cornerstones of both definitions in order to generate learning opportunities for students, faculty, etc.-Explore successful examples of librarianship at the intersections.-Brainstorm creative ways to create and capitalize on informal and formal education opportunities.

Institutional Priorities and Alignment-Identify library and institutional priorities and goals that invite educational opportunities based on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy.

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Educations as a tool for creating learning experiences at the intersections-Analyze the Framework in order to choose appropriate direction and language for learning outcomes.-Use the knowledge practices and dispositions of the Framework to develop learning outcomes.

Connect with partners in the library and in the greater campus community-Identify potential partnerships within and beyond the library that will maximize the impact of your learning experiences.-Examine areas of expertise throughout your campus community that will inform the content of your learning experiences.-Become conversant about the intersections and increase confidence in your ability to engage stakeholders in related discussions.



RDA Toolkit Redesign
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:30am - 4:00pm
Event Code: ALA1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $110/$125 - Other Member: $100/$115 - Non-Member: $135/$150

This day-long event will provide a workshop-style examination of the revised RDA and redesigned RDA Toolkit. RDA Experts will guide attendees through real world cataloging examples and lead discussions of critical issues addressed by the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign, also known as the 3R Project (http://www.rdatoolkit.org/3RProject). Lunch will be provided. 



Financial Literacy: Free Resources for Librarians
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 9:00am – 3:45pm 
Event Code: CRO1

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

How do I get started saving for my retirement? I’m overwhelmed with too many bills. How can I get a handle on them? Many Americans are struggling with these and other questions on personal financial topics. Libraries are well positioned to help individuals in their communities find unbiased, free, and educational resources. At this session you will learn about several resources on a wide variety of financial topics available to help Americans become better managers of their personal finances. Speakers at this session come from non-profit, federal, state and local government organizations.


Chapter Leaders Forum
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 9:00am – 3:45pm 
Event Code: CRO2

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 - SOLD OUT
Sun., January 27, 2019 - 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 the 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.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Building a Foundation
Thu., January 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Code: ODL1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $25/$30/$35 - Other Member: $25/$30/$35 - Non-Member: $25/$30/$35

ALA recognizes that equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) impacts all aspects of work among members of the association, within the field of librarianship, and within the communities served by libraries. This work includes addressing, dismantling, and transforming policies, structures, and biases. This pre-conference aims to facilitate an understanding of self and our interactions with others.  We will begin to identify and disrupt learned behaviors by exploring of implicit bias, cultural competence and privilege. This session will also introduce the officially adopted definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion developed by members of ALA as a model for libraries. The pre-conference is designed as an interactive workshop. 


Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity 
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:00 Noon
Event Code: ODL2

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $40/50/$60 - Other Member: $40/$50/$60 - Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias's connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities' health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.


Recruit and Rally: Advocacy Training Institute
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm -4:00pm
Event Code: OIF1

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.


Advocacy + Intellectual Freedom Bootcamp
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:30am -11:30am
Event Code: OIF2

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.


Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Normalizing, Organizing, and Operationalizing
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:30am -4:00pm
Event Code: PLA1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $130/$150/$170 - Other Member: $80 - Non-Member: $150/$180/$200 - PLA Member Discount: $100/$130/$150

Libraries strive to be portals to education, lifelong learning, wellness, civic engagement, and community gathering for all. They have not always delivered on this promise. America’s history of racialized public policy prevented full participation by communities of color. While laws preventing access by race have been eliminated, many library practices still perpetuate practices that negatively impact communities of color, amplify racial inequity – and don’t work well for the larger community. 

Libraries allied in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) are proactively interrupting implicit institutional bias in their practices and procedures by acknowledging race as the principal barrier to success in our society, using racial equity analysis, and structuring to achieve equitable outcomes for all. This workshop highlights foundational racial equity concepts and tools; participants will have an opportunity to learn and use them. A panel of practitioners will share their experiences using racial equity tools, setting up racial equity initiatives for success, barriers to anticipate, and how to sustain these efforts through challenging times.

The morning will be an introductory training that GARE provides to libraries and all other jurisdictional partners that focuses on the history of race and racism in America, understanding bias and brain function, and concepts of individual, institutional, and structural racism. It is an interactive session and, by the end of it, participants will have an opportunity to understand and identify situations of bias and racism in their institutions.

The afternoon session will continue with information about how to communicate about race, case studies from libraries, and an introduction to using a racial equity analysis tool. Examples of racial equity solutions from GARE libraries are presented in the context of using the racial equity analysis tool. Participants are asked to identify operational “choice points” – decisions they make daily, weekly, with regularity. Ideally, these are operational decisions that are within their immediate scope of responsibility; areas they have some input on to achieve racial equity. After identifying a choice point, participants are invited to start using the racial equity analysis in the session to become familiar with using it. Our objective is to have participants leave the session poised to implement a change in practice, procedure, or protocol upon return to their library.
Lunch is not provided for this full-day event; attendees will have the option to purchase lunch in the convention center or nearby. A morning coffee/tea break and afternoon coffee/tea/soft drink break are provided and included in the ticket price.


Empowering Patrons through News Literacy
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Event Code: PPO1

Ticket Pricing:

ALA Member: $250/$269 - Other Member: $250/$269  - Non-Member: $300/$320


As Americans are flooded with a constant stream of fabricated news stories, hoaxes, rumors and native advertising, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Libraries can play a critical role in providing programming and services that empower their patrons to confidently identify misinformation and become active contributors to the news cycle. In this one-day workshop, Michael Spikes, director of the Digital Resource Center for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, will provide attendees with the tools and skills needed to help patrons identify trustworthy information and move from passive consumers of the news to active contributors. Participants of this session will also have the opportunity to work with their fellow attendees to incorporate what they learn into ideas for programming and services for their communities.


Book and Media Awards
Sun., January 27, 2019 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
Event Code: RUS1

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

Join us for this popular event as we unveil the year's best in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, audiobook narration, and reference materials, featuring the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Winners are hand-picked by our expert selection committees that work closely with adult readers. Their tireless efforts narrow down hundreds of finalists to curate the highly regarded "Best of" lists used by librarians, publishers and booksellers nationwide. All Midwinter attendees are invited to this free event.  


RUSA Geneology Institute sponsored by ProQuest
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:00am -4:00pm
Event Code: RUS2

Ticket pricing:

This event is complimentary but registration is required.

The RUSA Genealogy Midwinter Institute will explore diverse topics in genealogy and historical research. The Institute will feature individual presentations and panel sessions. Topics will highlight local sources of archival and genealogical information; genealogy research training for non-genealogical and historical sources for European countries; collection development for genealogy and local history collections; researching tribes of the Pacific Northwest; and using DNA testing to overcome genealogical roadblocks. This event is free but registration is required. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by ProQuest.


Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA
Sun., January 27, 2019 - 2:00pm -4:00pm
Event Code: UNI1

Ticket pricing:

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

Bestselling authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow, United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2018 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during this event. This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA. 

United for Libraries Institute: Trustees, Friends, and Foundations
Sat., January 26, 2019 - 11:30am – 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.



Transgender Inclusion in Libraries
Fri., January 25, 2019 - 8:30am – 12:30pm 
Event Code: WLA1

Ticket pricing:

ALA Member: $60 - Other Member: $60 - Non-Member: $60

Are you interested in increasing your understanding of transgender issues and how those can play out in the library environment? In this workshop, presenters will begin by making sure everyone has a common framework from which to work, before diving deeper and giving attendees the opportunity to evaluate their own libraries and how policies impact the accessibility of their institutions to transgender patrons. Tips and best practices will be shared. Together, we will brainstorm ways to approach library administrators and create more equitable and accessible libraries for all. This workshop is best-suited for those who already have some basic familiarity with transgender issues. 



Morris & Nonfiction Award Presentation
Mon., January 28, 2019 - 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 2019 honorees and winners for the William C. Morris and Excellence in Nonfiction Awards! 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 Bird registration closes Wed., October 24, 2018 at 12:00, Noon (Central).