Mapping Transformation: Experimentation and Innovation . . . 2012 ALA Virtual Conference offers you the chance to get inspired by two days of interactive Web sessions, discussions, and insights. From building our own ebook platforms to publishing the local community’s unique content and adding a DIY/Maker service for users, the presenters highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities. Sessions offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Check the “Program” tab for details on speakers and topics such as:

George Needham & Joan Frye Williams: Libraries In a Post-Print World
Stephen Abram: Mirages, Maps, Menus, Flowcharts, and Dreams
Marie Ostergard: Mediaspace: Transforming the Library of the Future
Lee Rainie: The State of eBook Borrowing from Libraries
Brian Mathews: Thinking Entrepreneurially: What Libraries Can Learn from Startups and Other Innovative Organizations
James LaRue: Moving Upstream: From Distributor to Co-Creator
Marlene Harris: Beyond the Bestseller List: Filling Patron Demand for Great eBooks Without the “Big 6 Publishers”
Peter Murray: Introducing FOSS4Lib: Helping Libraries Decide IF and WHICH Open Source Software Is Right for Them
Terry Ballard: Using Google Products to Enhance Your Library’s Mission and Branding
Emily Dowdall: One-Stop Center: The Multiple Roles of the Public Library, Today and Tomorrow
Steven Bell: Start With a “Way We Serve Statement:” Design a Library User Experience the Way the Pros Do
Sacramento Public Library: I Street Press Project
Allen County Public Library: Making Our Future: The ACPL-TekVenture Maker Station Community Collaboration

And back by popular demand–30-minute author lunches hosted by Booklist editors Brad Hooper (talking with Katherine Boo) and Donna Seaman.

There’s a special 25% discount for 2012 ALA Annual Conference full registrants on Virtual Conference registration–recommended for making the most of the interactivity and conversations and taking full advantage of one of the best bargains in continuing education in the library world today.

The archive of ALA Virtual Conference will be available free to registrants for up to six months, and also free after the event to all full registrants of ALA Annual Conference. Individual registration is $69 ($51.75 with Annual Conference discount), and group registration for up to 15 IP addresses is an affordable $300 ($225 with Annual Conference discount).

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