ERT/Booklist Author Forum
Friday, January 25
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

“The Novel Is Alive and Well”— the 2013 subject of the always popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum—offers the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors up close at Midwinter. Lively moderator Brad Hooper, Booklist Adult Books Editor, will work his usual magic as he draws bestselling authors Terry Brooks, Ivan Doig, Gregg Olsen, and Ruth Ozeki out on how their books contribute to the thriving of the novel form and the influence of the Pacific Northwest on their work.

Terry BrooksReading "The Lord of the Rings" in college changed Terry Brooks’ life, helping him combine the separate genres of science fiction, western, and fiction. A writer since high school now with more than 25 books (including many New York Times bestsellers) under his belt, and with two novels selected by the Rocky Mountain News as among the best of 20th-century science fiction/fantasy, this former attorney who lives in the Pacific Northwest will add a fascinating voice to the panel. His novels include the Genesis of Shannara novels, the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, and the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. He was invited by George Lucas to write the novel based on Lucas's screenplay and story Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Ivan DoigMontana-born Seattle resident Ivan Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. Known for his wit and lively personality, the former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor most recently published “The Bartender’s Tale,” which the Booklist starred review described as “essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature.” This adult title has good YA crossover appeal.



Gregg Olsen“There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest. We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here,” says Olsen, a Seattle native living in Washington State and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of adult true crime and more recently young adult novels too. Known for creating detailed narratives that offer insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances, Olsen has published 13 books with sales of over a million copies.


Ruth Ozeki, photo by Kris KrugBest-selling Vancouver-based author Ruth Ozeki’s forthcoming novel “A Tale for the Time Being” is her first in 8 years and already creating a buzz, described as being full of her signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth. As author of “My Year of Meats” and “All Over Creation,” Ozeki will offer illuminating insights into the state of the novel--fellow writer Michael Pollan says she is “bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look.” The award-winning writer and filmmaker was ordained in 2010 as a Zen Buddhist priest.

The authors will sign copies of their latest books at their publishers' booths during the Opening Exhibits Reception right after the Author Forum.

Brooks' appearance is sponsored by Random House, Doig’s by Riverhead Books, Olsen’s by Sterling Publishing Company, and Ozeki's by Viking.

Ribbon Cutting & Exhibits Opening Reception

The Exhibit Hall opens immediately following the Author Forum, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a brief welcome by ALA and Seattle dignitaries. The Exhibits Opening includes food, drink, and entertainment through the exhibit hall, giving exhibitors and attendees their first chance to network as the exhibits kick off.

The conversation starts here . . . Community Engagement and the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

Unique opportunities to participate in and move the conversation forward, to examine the issues, process the implications, and consider practical steps and strategies, these interactive conversations will focus on how to engage your community so your library transforms successfully for the future.

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, A Presidential Initiative, Saturday, January 26, 8:30 - 10:00am. This groundbreaking libraries-as-change-agents initiative is the beginning of a new partnership between ALA and the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. ALA President Maureen Sullivan will moderate a panel of public innovators including Richard Harwood, Founder and President of the Harwood Institute, Tim Henkel, President and CEO, of Spokane County United Way and Carlton Sears, past director at Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and Certified Coach with the Harwood Institute. The session will identify aspirations and anticipated results of the Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative and highlight transformation experiences from similar partnerships. Funded through a grant from IMLS, the multi-phase initiative’s goal is to provide librarians with the tools and training they need to lead their communities in finding innovative solutions by advancing library-led community engagement and innovation. The conversations at Midwinter are one step in building a sustainable, scalable national plan.

Rich HarwoodCommunity Engagement Conversation: The Work of HopeSaturday, January 26, 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Join the conversation about advancing library-led community engagement, and see how you can help kick-start a new trajectory in your community. Rich Harwood, President and Founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and author of the new book The Work of Hope, will lead this session and share his insights as well as tools that libraries can use to take action and engage with their communities. The Work of Hope finds that people believe we must take small local actions in order to rebuild trust and strengthen relationships and ultimately restore belief in ourselves and one another that we can get things done, together.  This hands-on session will provide libraries with tools and resources to begin taking those steps for working with people in their community.


Peggy HolmanCommunity Engagement Conversation: Appreciative Inquiry—The Library in the Community, Sunday, January 27, 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Author and consultant Peggy Holman, a recognized leader in deploying group processes that directly involve hundreds, or thousands, of people in organizations or communities in achieving breakthroughs, facilitates this session in the spirit of appreciatvie inquiry. 

Change in the Community, Change in ALA, Monday, January 28, 8:30am - 11:30am. Peggy Holman will use the Open Space approach to continue the conversation. Open Space is a philosophy, practice and process that enables groups of any size to come together around complex, important issues and accomplish something meaningful.


ALA Masters Series

Hear and talk to experts from across library specialties describe their latest in-house innovations in these 45-minute fast-paced sessions. Grab lunch or a snack and join an ALA Masters session to get insights into the hottest trends and how your colleagues are stepping up to them.

Ben BizzleOn Sunday, 11:45am -12:30pm, library Facebook innovator and guru Ben Bizzle and emerging digital technology expert David Lee King will show you how to maximize the reach and impact of your library’s Facebook page in "Outreach 2.0: The Digital Revolution of Public Relations." These popular library innovators will provide strategies for taking advantage of the most cost-effective outreach tool there is, using examples from eight libraries across the country that added over 9,000 fans in 28 days. Many libraries struggle with building a following, but Bizzle and King will provide practical strategies for building a fan base significant enough to David Lee Kingcapitalize on the opportunities the platform provides, and guarantees to change the way you view community outreach. Bizzle is Director of Technology at Crowley Ridge Regional Library, Jonesboro, Arkansas. King is Digital Services Director at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas.



Smitty MillerIn “Library Live and On Tour: Taking the Library to the Street” on Monday, 11:45am-12:30pm, Smitty Miller will tell you about what happens when “you cross a librarian with a hot-rod shop.” In this unusual case that shatters stereotypes of libraries, librarians, and literacy, you get a mobile initiative that delivers the library to people who may not know about or who have some obstacle to visiting libraries. Library Live and On Tour is a unique literacy advocacy tool, especially with Miller in the driver’s seat. LiLi (short for Library Live) is a surprising and eye-catching little vehicle with very un-library-like enhancements, such as a major audio system, built in XBox 360 Kinect, 2-3G Internet-connected laptops and 'gadget bar' (3 different eReaders, 2 tablets, Playaway books, Daisy player), among others.  Miller and LiLi deliver library services such as registering people for library cards or teaching senior citizens how to use technology, reaching marginalized populations at places bookmobiles don’t or can’t go, such as food banks, transition houses, and teen pregnancy centers. Smitty Miller is community development librarian at Fraser Valley Regional Library (BC, Canada).

Katherina LeeIn a two-part session on Saturday, 11:45am-12:30pm, Katherina Lee and Lee Kee Siang from the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore will address changes that have led NLB to be considered a global leader in transformation. In “Library Technology Adoption and Transformation Journey,” Lee Kee Siang will show how the NLB has emphasized leveraging technology to offer dynamic, innovative services, and how the significant opportunities provided by advances in technologies such as RFID, search engines, mobile, and social media apps enable the organisation to stay in the forefront of meeting customers’ needs. In “Transformation of Libraries in Singapore,” Lee Kee SiangKatherina Lee will discuss how establishing the National Library Board in 1995 marked a radical shift in organizational paradigms, moving from a reactive mode to anticipating future trends and innovating for excellence in providing library and information services.    

Katherina Lee is a senior staff member of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore and is currently Executive Director and Principal Consultant of Cybrarian Ventures Pte Ltd (CVPL), the wholly owned company of the National Library Board Singapore and international arm for exporting NLB’s library development and management expertise, experience, products and services worldwide.  Lee Kee Siang manages the InfoComm Division of NLB and is responsible for mapping out its IT Strategic Planning and adoption.  



Auditorium Speaker Series

A rare opportunity to hear leading authors, thought-leaders, and experts from adult and youth fiction, technology, and popular culture at these stimulating general sessions at key points throughout the Midwinter schedule.

Steven Johnson by Nina SubinAuditorium Speaker Steven Johnson
Saturday, January 26
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Enjoy listening to one of the most brilliant and inspiring visionaries of contemporary culture offer his hopeful, affirmative outlook for the future. Steven Johnson is acclaimed for multi-disciplinary storytelling and big ideas. Combining the deft social analysis of his earlier bestselling books Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good For You, his most recent book Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age (Riverhead Books, Sept. 2012) makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. Johnson paints a compelling portrait of this new political worldview—influenced by the success and interconnectedness of the Internet, but not dependent on high-tech solutions—that breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking. Future Perfect has already garnered rave reviews and has appeared on several lists of best books for Fall 2012. 

At a time when the conventional wisdom holds that the political system is hopelessly gridlocked with old ideas, Future Perfect makes the timely and inspiring case that progress is still possible, and that new solutions are on the rise. Once you hear this speaker, you’ll want to keep up with his thinking—his blog is a good place to start.

Penguin GroupJohnson is also the author of the bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Mind Wide Open, Emergence, and Interface Culture, and editor of the anthology The Innovator’s Cookbook. The founder of a variety of influential websites—most recently, outside.in—he writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Get ready to enjoy a presentation you won’t forget.

Sponsored by Penguin Group. 


Caroline Kennedy Auditorium Speaker Caroline Kennedy
 Sunday, January 27
 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Take advantage of this special opportunity to hear the widely admired Caroline Kennedy in conversation with ALA President-Elect Barbara Stripling. Kennedy is well known as the bestselling author of ten books on American history, politics, and poetry, as well as for continuing the strong Kennedy family tradition of public service. Kennedy is a serious advocate for reading, literacy, and libraries, which occupy a special place in her life-- especially in her work as Vice Chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools from 2002-2012  and her upcoming participation as Honorary Chair of National Library Week in April, 2013. She was also keynote speaker at the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony in New York City. In that speech, she said that many librarians she has met are “professionals who are excited about their changing role in a changing world—who are dedicated to serving others, who respect scholarship, and who understand that you are our guides on a lifelong journey of intellectual collaboration and collaborative composition. . . . Your work is truly life changing.”

Her newest book, “Poems to Learn by Heart”—due to be published in March 2013 by Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, with original illustrations by award-winning artist Jon J Muth—is a companion to her New York Times #1 best-selling collection “A Family of Poems.”  

Caroline Kennedy’s appearance is sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Sponsored by Disney Publishing Worldwide.





ALA President's Program

Sunday, January 27, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Peter BlockJoin ALA President Maureen Sullivan in welcoming distinguished speaker Peter Block for this always stimulating event. Best-selling author of Community: The Structure of Belonging and widely known for his work on community engagement and reconciliation, Block will facilitate an interactive discussion about the nature of real transformation and what kind of leadership is required to achieve it. His approach focuses on how to create workplaces and communities that work for everyone in them, with a goal of effecting change through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force. This discussion is part of a continuum of conversations and initiatives throughout ALA to advance library-led community engagement, dovetailing with the new Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.

Block's most recent book, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, was co-authored with John McKnight. He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company, and with other volunteers in Cincinnati, started A Small Group, an organization focused on creating a new community narrative and bringing his work on civic engagement into being. Find out more about Block and his work at www.peterblock.com.

"News You Can Use": Updates and Implications

Experts offer the latest updates on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more, based on new research, surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, projects, beta trials, focus groups, and other data. View the complete list of updates and add them to your schedule.

Update providers include ALA divisions and offices, the ALA Digital Content Working Group, and a wide range of other organizations such as IMLS, OCLC, Cook Political Report, the Digital Public Library of America, Pew Research Center, MAKE Magazine, ALISE, Gale-Cengage, Counting Opinions, SPARC, the Urban Libraries Council, the Children’s Book Council. Topics covered include: implications of the November 2012 election results for libraries; prospects and directions for ALA, libraries, and e-books in 2013; the latest on the Digital Public Library of America; ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative; YALSA’s Badges for Librarians project; ALSC, PLA, and YALSA’s summer reading innovations; the makerspace movement; and many more .   

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications with colleagues at Unconference on Friday, during the facilitated conversations and discussion groups on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and Library Camp on Monday afternoon, as well as to follow up or start a small-group discussion in the Networking Uncommons area at any time.


Maker Monday

Monday, January 28, various times

A day of maker-related events and activities to get attendees informed and involved, and offering a chance to share your own stories. The day includes:

Youth Media Awards

Monday, January 28

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

The 2013 award winners will be announced at 8:00 am PT, Monday, January 28, in the Convention Center. A live Webcast of the award announcements will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Coverage of the award winners will be published in the Monday issue of Cognotes available in the convention center after the announcement. Award press releases will be posted online by 10:00 am PT on the ALA homepage at ala.org. Doors open at 7:30 am.

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture

Saturday, January 26, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lisa GenovaNeuroscientist-turned-novelist Lisa Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction by using her immense knowledge of how the brain works in her novels, and her most recent and third novel “Love Anthony” (also her third New York Times bestseller) is about autism. It was an Indie Next Pick for October 2012, described by USA Today’s reviewer as “beautifully written and poignant to the point of heartbreak.” The Booklist review said that “readers will discover a unique portrayal of autism that is highly accessible and, at times, deeply profound. Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions.”

There are well over one million copies of her first novels “Still Alice” and “Left Neglected” in print. “Still Alice” spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, won several major awards, was selected for numerous honors, and has been translated into 25 languages. “Left Neglected,” also a New York Times bestseller, was the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders “Book You’ll Love” for January 2011, and the #4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011.  

Genova travels worldwide, speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent, and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s Disease.  She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, To Not Fade Away.

Genova's appearance is sponsored by Simon & Schuster. 

This lecture series commemorates Arthur Curley’s lifelong dedication to the principles of intellectual freedom and free public access to information. A champion of the arts and of the library’s role as a center that can transform the community, Curley was director of the Boston Public Library and served as ALA president. Past speakers include Al Gore, Neil Gaiman, Jamal Joseph, and Richard Rhodes.

Book Buzz Theater

Come hear the latest “Buzz” about the newest titles from your favorite publishers all in one easy to find location in the convention center. Click here for schedule.


Discussion Groups

The Midwinter Meeting features more than 200 Discussion Groups—more loosely organized sessions on broad and timely topics, each sponsored by an ALA division, round table, or office. These generally highly interactive sessions may or may not have a speaker and are more open discussions than informational.


Committee meetings are held during Midwinter to do the business of the association. Some meetings will be listed "closed" when they are discussing private information, but most meetings are open to any attendee, and may be a good way to learn about the business of ALA and its divisions.

Networking Uncommons

Make the connections you want at the Networking Uncommons space in the Convention Center. It’s a dedicated area where you can gather in small groups to have a quick meeting, polish your presentation, follow up on a discussion, or just recharge your batteries. The area features tables, chairs, free convention center wifi, and a projector and screen, as well as some gadgets in case you want to push content out in real-time. Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead—otherwise just show up. During open times, the area is up for grabs, although it's big enough that multiple groups can use it at once, even when someone has scheduled something. You can also check the topics each day to see what interests you.

View the schedule to see what's happening or claim a time slot.

Unconference and Midwinter Library Camp

Join the Unconference on Friday and Library Camp on Monday afternoon to ask questions, explore options, make recommendations, examine ideas, and reflect on the implications of updates, conversations, and what you’ve learned at Midwinter.

The Unconference takes place on Friday, 9:00am -12:00pm. This participant-guided experience brings the unstructured conversations people often have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unconferences are organized by the crowd, and are about sharing the knowledge and passion we have for our profession and taking what we learn into the world to make a difference.

Round out your experience at the ALA Midwinter end-of-Meeting Library Camp on Monday, 3:30pm -  5:00pm. Attendees will get together to talk about anything library- or conference-related with a focus on reflecting on what inspired you at the 2013 Midwinter Meeting. Come prepared to share your experiences and/or lead an informal discussion on a topic of your choice. Everyone is welcome!


ALA JobLIST Placement Center

Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. There will be an orientation on Saturday, January 26 at 8:30 am in the Placement Center.

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the ALA JobLIST website. All services are free to job seekers. Registration is not required, but is recommended. Registration will give registered employers access to your resume information. It will also allow for direct communication between job seekers and employers.

Employers who want to post positions should post them on the ALA JobLIST website. Employers who want to use the interviewing facilities must have an active ad placed on JobLIST at the time you schedule an interview. Employers who want a booth in the Placement Center should contact Beatrice Calvin at bcalvin@ala.org, or 800-545-2433 ext. 4280.

Exhibits Closing & Wrap Up/Rev Up Celebration

Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Annual Conference in Chicago. Start in the Exhibit Hall at noon with discount sales, exhibitors offering special giveaways in their booths, and storm troopers from 501st Legion, 1:00-2:00pm. Then bestselling authors Tom Angleberger and Chris Alexander will host a Star Wars-themed party 2:00-3:00 p.m., wrapping up the Seattle event and revving up for Annual Conference in Chicago. From storm troopers to origami, there’ll be something for everyone, including photo opps with characters and more.

Chris Alexander, known as the Jedi Master of origami, began doing origami at the age of four. Since then he’s created dozens of original designs, many of them Star Wars themed. He has a large Star Wars fan base and tours the country folding at conventions and museums. His most recent book of models is “Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. . . .” with a foreword by party co-host Tom Angleberger.

Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series, which includes “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” and “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” He is also the author of “Horton Halfpott” and “Fake Mustache.”

Alexander’s appearance is sponsored by Workman Publishing, and Angleberger’s by ABRAMS.

The exclusive ALA Graphics READ® posters and bookmarks featuring Origami Yoda and Darth Paper will be available at the ALA Store (while supplies last) during exhibit hours, Friday-Monday.


Get Excited about Seattle!

Seattle has lots to offer! The Convention Bureau will be putting together itineraries for your free time with all the local information on a special website dedicated to ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees. In the meantime, you can visit their website for ideas to help you plan.