2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

11,716 librarians, library workers and supporters, including 3,622 exhibitors, shared the latest library-related trends, updates, innovations, products, titles and services at the 2016 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Boston, Jan. 8-12. Lively conversations, productive problem-solving and networking took place throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and other venues at 2,400 scheduled meetings and events. With an emphasis on ALA’s new national public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform™, dozens of “News You Can Use” updates, discussion groups, workshops and several high-profile speakers addressed in different ways how libraries are less about what they have and more about what they dofor and with people. Meeting content also encompassed key messages of the campaign: that libraries are committed to advancing their legacy of reading and developing a digitally inclusive society; that libraries of all kinds add value in the five key areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement; and that library professionals facilitate individual opportunity and community progress. The “Because of You” branding at Midwinter honored library workers for their role in transforming libraries.