ALA Opens Registration for 2013 Summer Virtual Conference to Library Staff and Friends

teleconference.jpgLibrary staff, like practitioners of many other trades, rely on national and regional professional conferences to drive their dynamic field forward. These conferences serve simultaneously as think tank, exhibition, idea sharing platform, and professional development tool. In short, something you want to be a part of. The inevitable downside, of course, is that these ventures can be quite pricey with registration, hotel stay, and transportation costs factored in – to say nothing of the opportunity cost of work not getting done at the office. Each year, the American Library Association offers something by way of a middle ground: the two-day summer ALA Virtual Conference.

The ALA Virtual Conference is just what it sounds like. Registrants, from the comfort of their home or office, simply log in to enjoy a host of keynote presentations, lectures on any number of library-related topics, and interactive conversation-based Web sessions.

This year’s event is slated for Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25. The cost is $70 for ALA members, and $80 for non-members. Alternatively, groups of up to 15 may register an equal number of IP addresses for the flat rate of $325 for members and $350 for non-members.

This year’s theme is “Mapping Transformation: Experimentation and Innovation.” Topics of particular interest to Friends of the Library will include – but are by no means limited to! – new directions for libraries vis-à-vis digital content; transformational community engagement tactics; best practices for community space utilization; “gamification” and “loud programming” in libraries; and, the popular and growing Little Free Libraries project.

Click here for more information, including a complete itinerary and list of presenters. Click here to jump straight to registration.