The Consortia Management Discussion Interest Group will not be meeting at Midwinter.  Our next planned meeting will be Sunday, June 30 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. 

Submitted by Sheryl L. Knab, Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC)


The Physical Delivery Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 27th at 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Room 306 at the Washington State Convention Center.  Join your colleagues for the latest updates and top issues in this area.  We’ll be reviewing the agenda for our Interest Group’s joint Preconference in June on Discovery to Delivery:  Rethinking Resource Sharing.  Please contact co-chair Greg Pronevitz with questions or

Submitted by Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, Inc.


The Library Services for Youth in Custody Interest Group will be having a networking and problem-solving session on Sunday, January 27th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Everyone who is interested in library services for youth in jail, prison, juvenile detention, etc., is welcome to attend. You don’t need to be an LSYC member.

Submitted by Camden Tadhg


The Bridging Deaf Cultures @ You Library Interest Group will be meeting on Saturday, January 26th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 310 of the Washington State Convention Center.  We will be discussing formal motions to put before the ALA Council in support of a National Deaf Cultural Digital Library as has been proposed in Maryland (See:

Submitted by Alec McFarlane

The Midwinter Meeting in Seattle has several opportunities for Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) members and those who are interested in learning more about being a consultant or independent librarian. On Saturday,, January 26th, LCIG will host the first ever Library Consultants Networking Luncheon. This ticketed event ($75) will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Jeannette Smithee, Nancy Bolt, and Carson Block will lead networking and learning activities, include tips and techniques for improving an elevator speech for your unique services as well as demonstration and discussion of using Twitter and social networking as part of your consulting business. If you have already registered for the Conference you can modify your registration to add the luncheon.

On Sunday January 27th, LCIG will host both a membership meeting and a discussion forum. The membership meeting (open to all) will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Seattle in the Discovery Room. This will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by the Discussion Forum at the same location. The Discussion Forum Topic will be Ethical Issues Faced by Library Consultants. Nancy Bolt, Liz Bishoff and Gary Pitkin will present the ASCLA Library Consultants Code of Ethics adopted in 2012. They will give short stories about issues faced as consultants and then open it up for other stories or questions. This promises to be an interesting and lively discussion.

Current LCIG members and those interested in learning more about being a library consultant are welcome to join us in Seattle. It is not too early to plan on the Annual Conference in Chicago, where LCIG will be sponsoring two programs, Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions (Saturday June 29) and Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything? (Sunday June 30) as well as co-sponsoring the popular Library Consultants Giving Back (Sunday June 30). Please join us in Chicago, for these stimulating programs.

To join the Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) go to ALA Connect ( For additional information contact Interest Group Leader Jeannette Smithee (

Submitted by Jeannette Smithee, Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network)


The State Library Agencies Library Development Interest Group is seeking a new leader for 2013-14.  This is an excellent opportunity to build experience in ALA and network with peers.  The Library Development Interest Group will be meeting as part of the ASCLA All Committee meeting during the ALA MidWinter meeting on Saturday, January 26th, at 3:00 p.m.  Join us at the Grand Hyatt Seattle (Leonesa II & III Rooms).  Discussion topics will include upcoming projects for 2013, promoting statewide electronic resources, and any other burning issues participants want to explore.

Submitted by Gina Persichini


The LSTA Coordinators’ Interest Group will be holding their usual meeting, which includes a report from IMLS and a round robin of reports regarding the use of LSTA funds by the states represented at the meeting. We will be meeting on Sunday, January 27th from 1-2:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. Check your program booklet for details.

Submitted by Kathi Peiffer


The Youth Services Consultants Interest Group will be meeting at ALA Miswinter in Seattle on Sunday, January 27th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the Washington State Convention Center. We have no set agenda but we do discuss what programs our states are doing or planning on doing.

Submitted by Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Consultant, NJ State Library