The American Library Association is holding their Mid-Winter conference in Philadelphia this Friday. There are plenty of sessions, speakers and things to do during the five day event, sometimes it can get overwhelming. Today, Good e-Reader brings you the can’t miss events of ALA-MW 2014.
The American Library Association (ALA) will host Google Glass demonstrations on January 25th and 26th in the Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Wilson L. White, public policy manager of Glass at Google, and technical members of the Google Glass Team, will be on hand to talk about the wearable computers while conference attendees try them on! This will give everyone a chance to see what all of the fuss is about, hopefully they will give out invite codes to actually buy them!
Overdrive, 3M, Baker & Taylor are the main companies that help libraries facilitate a digital lending strategy. Even though eBooks have certainly taken off in the last few years, there are still many libraries that are still not participating. One of the few pure digital sessions is the DCWG Directions and the Author-Library Relationship program, and it will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1-2:30p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 C. As part of the program, a leading panel of library and publishing experts will discuss the best ways that libraries can bring together authors and readers in the digital age. Panelists will explore new opportunities for collaboration between libraries and authors.
Want to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian U.S. newspaper at the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Ackerman will address library professionals during the Washington Update session on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.
It’s been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act—the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding—was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law’s filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to information while complying with the law?
Join library leaders at “Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later,” an interactive session that will be held during the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Panelists will discuss the difficult issues faced by librarians developing and managing internet use policies. Panelists will wade through legal requirements, ethical arguments, factual issues, and the potential long-term impacts of filtering. The session will take place Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 203 A.
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