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Joy Harjo

US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo headlined the President’s Program at the 2021 Midwinter Virtual Meeting. Harjo, a member of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation and the first Indigenous US poet laureate, joined her longtime Norton editor, Jill Bialosky, for a discussion about the importance of poetry and collecting Indigenous stories. She also read several poems including...


ALA Youth Media Awards

On January 25, ALA announced the top books, digital media, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Virtual Meeting. Here's the list of all the 2021 award winners.

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@CraigSeasholes: @TheAmandaGorman is set to open Monday 11:10 CT for @DrBiden. I'll be up early and tuning in the full Monday morning #ALAMW21 @ALAConferences @wearealsc


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First Lady Jill Biden, a community college professor and author, will join ALA President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. in conversation for the Closing Session. Biden is the author of several books, including The New York Times bestseller Where the Light Enters: Building a Family and the 2020 children’s book Joey: The Story of Joe Biden. 11:15 a.m.–noon Monday, January 25.

Librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table will present their debut comics reading list, which highlights Black experiences and demands for a better future. 11:15 a.m.–noon Monday, January 25.

Join the Reference and User Services Association’s Professional Development Committee for a discussion about what makes an online learning proposal successful. Committee members will share perspectives on proposal evaluation criteria, including scope and audience engagement. 11:15 a.m.–noon Monday, January 25.

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Midwinter Preview

Read our roundup to learn about the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities awaiting attendees at this year’s all-virtual event.

By the Numbers: Midwinter

Which Midwinter brought in the most attendees? In what year were exhibits added to the program? Get ready for conference with these stats on the history and happenings of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.


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