Institutes & Optional Events

The Midwinter Meeting offers a wide range of institutes and ticketed events before and during the meeting. Get the complete list here. To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial registration or add them later. Follow this link to access the registration system.

Pre-Midwinter Institutes and Special Events

Chapter Leaders Forum
Friday, January 25, 2013 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Chapter Leaders Forum presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Committee at each ALA Midwinter and Annual provides a great opportunity for Chapter Leaders (especially incoming leaders such as yourself) to meet and discuss a full agenda on topics to help prepare you to lead your association. Topics covered in the past have included Membership Development and Retention, New Revenue Ideas, Social Media, and Advocacy. This event requires advance registration and includes lunch.

Think Fit Yoga
Sunday, January 27, 2013 7:00 am – 8:15 am
Think Fit Yoga is back at Midwinter 2013! Start your day off right with a refreshing morning workout; enjoy the 60-minute morning session led by certified yoga instructors.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor Innovative. Innovative

ALCTS Institute
Libraries and Online Learning: A Powerful Partnership
Friday, January 25, 2013 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Libraries and learners have long been engaged in a successful partnership. Never has this partnership been more important or wide -ranging than in today's online environment. From local public libraries to national and transnational digital public libraries, from primary schools to research universities, libraries increasingly provide for learners' virtual educational experiences. In this symposium attendees will learn to foster the strategic relationships possible between libraries and online learners.

ALA-APA Networking Reception
Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Experience a taste of Seattle's nightlife at this premier social event during the 2013 Midwinter Conference. Don't miss the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new people at this networking fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the ALA Allied Professional Association's (ALA-APA) work in promoting "the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers" through research, advocacy, and enabling the certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree. Join us for an evening filled with music, dancing, and more!

"Celebrate Your Association, Celebrate Yourself"

For sponsorship opportunities contact or 312-280-4278.

LITA Institute
Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5
Friday, January 25, 2013 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Geolocation, Native video, Offline storage, Semantic markup elements, Responsive web design, Canvas elements, Voice input, Drag and Drop, Opacity, Gradients... HTML5 has been released and is changing the way web developers work. With wide support in mobile brow-fluidsers and the latest brow-fluidser releases from Google and Firefox, HTML5 is poised to be the technology that will help build the next version of the Web. In this workshop, we'll look at some of the possibilities, trends, and enhancements that HTML5, CSS3, and the new Javascript APIs enable. As a workshop deliverable, we'll talk through the specifics of implementation and work through building a prototype HTML5 application.

Speakers: Jason Clark, Montana State University Library

LITA Institute
Developing a Web Analysis Strategy for Your Library: Using Data to Measure Success
Friday, January 25, 2013 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Web analytics strategy combines the library's mission, identified website goals, and customized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure those goals. A web analytics strategy is essential for libraries because it helps them focus on the data that matters and defines what a library expects from an effective site. It also guides future development of the site and indicates potential areas for usability testing. The workshop covers important web analytics concepts, metrics, and reports, discusses best practices for creating a web analytics strategy, specifically focusing on goal creation and selecting KPIs that fit; and demonstrates how to review the webs ite use data to determine if the site is meeting the set expectations and the actions to take if it is not. Recommendations on how to report and share this data will also be included. By the end of the session, each participant will have a beginning draft to a web analytics strategy that contains measurable goals and identified KPIs that fit their library's needs. While no prior experience with web analytics is required, participants should have access to the web analytics tool used to track they website they want to focus on in this session.

Speakers: Tabatha Farney, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Nina McHale, Arapahoe Library District, CO

LLAMA Career Institute 2013
Planning Your Next Career Move: Developing Skills to Make It Happen
Friday, January 25, 2013 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aiming for your dream job? This 4-hour institute spotlights career development and management skills taught by executive coaches. At the end of this program, participants will understand how to build a professional network; manage their online presence; refine their narrative; conduct informational interviews; work with mentors; and choose professional commitments. Participants will also learn which interpersonal, management, and leadership skills are critical to promotions, including communication; collaboration; recruiting and retaining talent; and managing change.

Early registration is encouraged – there will be a pre-institute assignment in December.

Speakers: Elizabeth Atcheson is the founder and principal of Blue Bridge Career Coaching, based in Seattle. In addition to leading workshops, she consults with individuals providing professional career development and strategy, along with the self-marketing tools to help clients navigate transitions and land the work that's right for them. She serves as an executive coach to mid-level managers who need to acquire the self-awareness and interpersonal skills to succeed in complex professional environments and has worked with librarians and library managers. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

OLA Advocacy Institute
Friday, January 25, 2013 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn how to make the case for libraries at the state and local level. This workshop will focus on how advocates can engage their communities to speak out more effectively for libraries of all types, and not just during times of crisis but throughout the years. Hear success stories, get the latest tips, and learn how to better advocate for your library.

United For Libraries
Gala Author Tea Sponsored by ReferenceUSA
Monday, January 28, 2013 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join United for Libraries for its traditional Tea featuring best-selling authors. Enjoy a light repast while listening to authors tell their stories. A book signing follows with most books given away free!

Librarian Outreach to the Homeless in Seattle: Midwinter Meeting Day of Caring
Librarians Build Communities, Seattle Edition

Friday, January 25, 10:30 am- 3:00 pm
Around 100 attendees will get an informed, hands-on introduction to Seattle’s varied organizations serving the homeless. After an orientation at the Convention Center, experts from Urban Rest Stop, Compass Housing Alliance, Operation Sack Lunch and Youthcare Orion Center will give a tour of their facilities and be on hand to answer questions, and participants will be invited to prepare and serve food, create hygiene kits, or refresh the living quarters of “throwaway youth” at one of Youthcare’s North Seattle sites. By interacting and collaborating with advocacy agencies, participants will have the opportunity to gain insights into best practice skills in serving the homeless. There is no fee for participating, but in-kind donations including back packs, coats (new/lightly-used), handwarmers, hats, gloves, pillowcases, socks, sleeping bags, books, magazines, and paperbacks are welcome.