2018 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Illustration: Kimberly Sly/Albie Designs

2018 Midwinter Preview

January 2, 2018

Featured Speakers Opening Session Friday, February 9, 4–5:15 p.m. Marley Dias, who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign as a 6th grader, will have a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, artist and cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to reveal the determining factors and mindsets that motivated each of them to take action and how different generations … Continue reading 2018 Midwinter Preview


Jessica Andrews (as The Force Awakens' Rey) reads The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu, as recommended by the librarians at Emerald City Comicon's Pop-Up Library.

Bringing the Library to the Comic Con

March 7, 2017

Staffed by more than 35 volunteers from 12 library systems around the country, the ECCC Pop-Up Library brought together children’s librarians, teen librarians, academic librarians, and adult services librarians for the common purpose of bringing the library outside its physical space and into a new realm. The Pop-Up Library, open during exhibit hours, offered reading recommendations, research … Continue reading Bringing the Library to the Comic Con


Attendees make one-page zines with open source materials at MozFest, October 28–29 in London.

MozFest 2016: Comics, Zines, and Open Images

November 7, 2016

I had spent the week leading up to the conference with my colleagues Nate Hill (executive director, Metropolitan New York Library Council) and Matthew Kopel (research and development librarian, Central New York Library Resources Council) preparing our remarks on library, archive, and museum contributions to open image collections, the various options for Creative Commons licenses, and … Continue reading MozFest 2016: Comics, Zines, and Open Images



New Zealand-based musician Ariana Tikao performs at IILF9.

Celebrating Indigenous Cultures

August 12, 2015

Canada hosted the Ninth International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum (IILF2015) on August 4–7 on the campus of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and on the surrounding land of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people. The theme of IILF2015 was Anikoo Gaagige Ganawendaasowin, a phrase in the Ojibwe language of Anishinaabemowin that expresses the importance of LAM workers … Continue reading Celebrating Indigenous Cultures


Alberto Pulido, professor and chair of the department of ethnic studies at the University of San Diego, gives a tour of Chicano Park in San Diego’s Logan Heights community during the fifth Reforma conference. The park, which is celebrating its 45-year history, is home to the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals.

Reforma National Conference Wraps Up

April 7, 2015

Luis J. Rodriguez, poet laureate of Los Angeles, kicked off his opening keynote with an inspiring presentation on the importance of libraries for underrepresented populations. He tied his personal struggles as a youth to his motivation for building cultural values in his community, leading to the founding of Tia Chucha Press, a renowned small crosscultural … Continue reading Reforma National Conference Wraps Up