Why do we need libraries when information is just a few clicks away? Because not everyone can afford access to technology! Libraries play a critical role in bridging the digital divide by providing free access to computers, ebooks, tech gadgets and more. Technology continues to change the landscape of library service as we know it.
More than 10,000 library leaders and supporters will meet to discuss this issue and a host of others that impact libraries and their users Jan. 25 – 29 in during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The event will take place at the Washington State Convention Center and will feature 1,800 sessions and more than 425 exhibitors will showcase the latest innovative products for libraries and their users. Other Midwinter Meeting issues include library budget cuts, ebook lending, user privacy, and challenges facing school libraries.
Highlighted speakers will include: Caroline Kennedy, (“Poems to Learn by Heart”), best-selling author of 10 books and well known for continuing the strong Kennedy family tradition of public service; author Terry Brooks, Genesis of Shannara novels; author Ivan Doig, “The Bartender’s Tale”; political expert Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for “The Cook Political Report”; author Lisa Genova, “Still Alice”; author Gregg Olsen, “The Fear Collector”; author Ruth Ozeki, “A Tale for the Time Being”; and many others.
To find out more information, visit the conference website.