Welcome to the ALA 2005 Midwinter Meeting in Boston: The Midwinter Meeting Will Be Held January 14-19, 2005, and Will Include over 2000 Meetings, and 425 Exhibitors

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ALA President's Program

Creating an Advocacy Epidemic

Sunday, January 16, 2005

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

In today's difficult economic conditions, it is more important than ever before to stand up and speak out for libraries to ensure that we retain our funding and support. Join ALA President Carol A. Brey-Casiano as she welcomes Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, and a panel of distinguished speakers in an exciting program that demonstrates how to mobilize individual grassroots advocacy efforts in your community into a nation-wide advocacy 'epidemic.' By turning passive support into educated action, we can enhance the image of and increase support for libraries, librarians and library workers, bring increased attention to critical national issues such as literacy and equity of access, and expand the global reach of librarians. Whether you are an experienced library advocate or are taking your first steps along this important path, you can't afford to miss this program.

We Can Do It!/Si, Se Puede!

Sponsored by Little, Brown and Company

General Information

Accessibility Information

If you have a special physical or communication need that may impact your participation in this meeting, please check the appropriate box on your registration form, and append a statement specifying your special need. While every effort will be made to meet attendees' needs, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodations in response to requests received after December 10, 2004.

We work to make sure your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Here are features we have put in place to make sure the ALA 2005 Midwinter Meeting is accessible to all:

* We caption our main sessions, e.g. President's Program, Membership Meeting, Council Meetings, and others as requested by organizers. The captioning is available on a one-on-one basis when the captioner is not working at sessions mentioned above. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and require at least one day's notice.

* We have accessible rooms in our hotel block. There are rooms for the deaf, blind and attendees in wheelchairs. Please fill out the housing form and check the appropriate box. An ITS/ExpoExchange representative will contact you to make sure you are placed in an appropriate room.

* Leader dogs for the blind are welcome throughout the ALA Meeting.

* Listening devices are available for those who are hard of hearing.

* Our shuttle bus company has accessible buses. Instructions on how to obtain rides will be available in each hotel, in the convention center on site, and in the on-site newspaper, Cognotes.

* Based upon availability in each city, we maintain a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters on a first come, first served basis. Please call Kathy Harris at 800-545-2433, ext. 3220 or TDD (toll free): 888-814-7692, ext. 3220 as soon as possible to reserve a wheelchair or scooter, for use in the convention center only, or if you wish to discuss any other special needs.

* Interpreters are no longer requested for meetings in general. They must be requested by the deaf member for meetings they need interpreted. To use the service, send a list of required interpreter meetings to Kathy Harris, ALA, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611 by December 9, 2004.

Two interpreters will also be on-call in the Conference Services Office in the Hynes Convention Center Saturday-Monday for last minute requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

* If you have an other requests not mentioned above that ALA can reasonably provide, please contact Kathy Harris at kharris@ala.org by December 10, 2004, and we will help you have a most accessible conference.

Child Care

ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting week, January 14-17, 2005. …

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