ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
2008 Annual Conference Programs
Serving older Adults in Libraries: Guiding Staff to make a Difference!
Hilton Anaheim, room: La Jolla
The Subcommittee on Library Services to Older Adults, ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services, introduces their toolkit that makes all the difference in serving this special population! Staff tips, special program ideas, and easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure positive results are the benefit of this program.
Diversity and Outreach Fair
Anaheim Convention Center, room: Special Events Area - Hall D
The 2008 Diversity and Outreach Fair celebrates ten years of highlighting diversity and outreach initiatives in local libraries! This year, the Fair focuses on accessibilities, in addition to services, programs and collections, to other underserved and under-represented communities. Up to 50 local examples of successful programs and services are presented. Visit with program implementers, learn details and strategies for success, and consider how they might be repeated in your library community. Enjoy the music, snacks, prizes, and a festive atmosphere contribute to this outreach networking opportunity! Sponsored by Demco.
Implementing ALA's Policy 61: Library Services to Poor People
Hilton Anaheim, room: Malibu
Discussion of the impact of two recent surveys on library services to poor and homeless people, along with the ALA Policy 61, which addresses that issue. Join the discussion and contribute your ideas and share your successful initiatives, handouts, and tools. Learn about two ALA units who are focusing on this topic. Presented by the OLOS Subcommittee on Library Services to Poor and Homeless People, and the SRRT Task Force on Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty.
Mobile Libraries: Driving Library Services Into the Future – ticketed event
Hyatt Regency Orange County, room: Grand E/F
This session is designed to provide inspiration and practical ideas about current mobile library services. Whether you are already mobile, or considering a new service, hear about modern community interaction and participate in round table discussions on planning, maintenance, collection management, programming, marketing, or staffing of a contemporary mobile library. This content-filled program will conclude with an inspiration lunch presentation by Masha Hamilton, author of "The Camel Bookmobile." Additional speakers: Theresa Gemmer, outreach Librarian, Everett Public Library; Tena Wilson, Branch manager, Cleveland Public Library.
Masha Hamilton, Author, Harper-Collins
Terry Sterling, Librarian Supervisor, Fresno County Library
Michael Swendrowski, President, Specialty Vehicles Services, LLC
Kathleen mayo, Outreach Services Manager, Lee County Library System
Jody Olivieri, Bookmobile Manager, Homer Township Public Library
2008 Parade of Bookmobiles
Step outside to see an impressive gathering of mobile library vehicles parading down the streets of Anaheim! The parade will depart from Car Park 5. Follow the signs to the back doors of Exhibit Halls B and C—exhibit badges required. Following the parade, the bookmobiles will be on display in Car Park 5; climb aboard to talk to staff and to learn more about bookmobile outreach.
Library Services and Programs Developed for Non-English Speakers
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 209 A
Learn about the data collected from a study of public library programs and services directed at non-English speakers, funded by the 2006 World Book Goal Award. Aiming to improve service to this rapidly growing population, it was designed to reflect local service delivery and to identify barriers and opportunities that local staffs perceive might impact participation. This study was supported by the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, Office for Diversity and Public Programs Office.
Adult Learners: Helping Libraries make MAGIC!
Disneyland Hotel, room: Magic Kingdom 3
Public Library literacy programs are a vital service in communities and the adult learners in these programs with leadership development support, are uniquely positioned to advocate and promote all library services, including literacy. The introduction and welcome by California State Librarian Susan Hildreth, will be followed by presentations from librarians, literacy coordinators, and adult learners highlighting the outcomes of projects that utilize adult learners to promote and advocate for their library. Small group discussions will describe several national adult learner projects that prepare learners to advocate for their library and discuss their role in adding value to the community through library outreach and advocacy. This session is for libraries who partner with adult education providers and for those managing literacy programs.
Susan Hildreth, State Librarian of California, Sacramento, Calif.
Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 209 B
Dr. Clara Chu, UCLA Professor, is the 2008 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer. Dr. Chu’s presentation, “Dislocations of Multicultural Librarianship: A Critical Examination for a Liberatory Practice” will explore the library’s responsibility to provide equity of access to information and services. The Coleman lecture annually honors the first director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services for her leadership in focusing the Association's attention toward issues of the traditionally underserved and under-represented in libraries. Sponsored by the OLOS Advisory Committee. More can be found at www.ala.org/olos.
The American Dream Starts @ your Library
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 206 A
Libraries have a long tradition of offering literacy services and programs for adult English language learners. In the 21st century, times have changed, immigration patterns have changed, and libraries have changed! Discover easy to use, up-to-date, online resources in the American Dream Starts @ your library toolkit; join experts and practitioners as they identify the issues, discuss service options, and showcase the kinds of best practices that can be easily implemented @ your library.
The Computer Training Bridge Program
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 201 D
David Fergusson presents his unique computer training tool: the Training Bridge. The goal of this proactive initiative focuses on expanding and multiplying learning opportunities for those in our communities who need basic, high-quality computer literacy training, specifically those who have been underserved by current accessible services, so they have an improved, productive quality of life as they adjust to living in an electronic, networked, computer-based society.
David Fergusson, Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC
Eating Across Cultures: Food is Culture
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 213 C
Track: Authors, Literature and Cultural Programming; Cultural Diversity
Food -- what we eat, the rituals and practices that accompany our meals, our attitudes toward our food - conveys much about our society, our cultures and the contributions of immigrants to our culinary diversity. Panelists will speak on “Searching for Identity in Italian-American Community Cookbooks (Robert W. Brower); "Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family” (Judy Bart Kancigor); and "Five Centuries of Middle Eastern Food Influence in the Americas” (Charles Perry).
Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast
Hilton Anaheim, room: Pacific BR
Celebrate the 39th annual presentation of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, where culturally sensitive works of African American authors and illustrators for children and youth are highlighted. 2008 winners include author Christopher Paul Curtis (Elijah of Buxton, Scholastic); illustrator Ashley Bryan (Let It Shine, Antheneum Books for Young Adults). The John Steptoe Award for New Talent winner is author Sundee T. Frazier (Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It, Delacorte Press). This annual breakfast celebrates this year's brightest new and seasoned literacy and artistic talent from the African American author and illustrator communities. A moving climax to an always remarkable conference! Tickets ($50) are available onsite until Sunday, June 29th, at noon, from ALA Registration.
Coming Out at Work: 20 Years Later
Hyatt Regency Orange County, room: Royal C-F
Track: Issues and Updates
20 years ago, the GLBT Task Force sponsored a program at ALA on Coming Out at Work. Join us as we revisit that topic with some of those same panelists, to see how things have changed, and how things have remained the same, in the last 20 years.
Tortilla Jo's, 1510 Disneyland Drive.
The Social will be in the Mambo Terrace and Ortega Room.
A taco bar and drinks will be provided. While we'll ask for donations at the door, there is no charge to attend the social. All members and friends of GLBTRT are welcome to attend. Join us to network with friends and co-workers at our annual social, held offsite. Food and drinks, and great conversation.
37th Annual GLBTRT Stonewall Book Award Celebration $
Embassy Suites Anaheim, room: South Landmark BR B
Join the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) for its annual event celebrating outstanding GLBT writing. 2008 winning authors Ellis Avery and Mark Doty are the invited speakers. Ellis Avery is the author of The Tea House Fire, (Penguin), and Mark Doty is the author of Dog Years: A Memoir, (HarperCollins). Advance ticket purchase is required.
Ellis Avery; Mark Doty
GLBT Graphic Novels and Comics
Anaheim Marriott, room: Platinum 1/2
Track: Children and Young Adults; Literature and Collection Development
Learn about the popular and growing world of GLBT Graphic Novels and Comics. All library staff; YA Libriarians.
Introduction to Women's Issues
Hilton Anaheim, room: Palisades
Join a discussion on care issues (child and elder) faced by librarians, particularly women librarians, and how this affects our professional lives. Information will also be made available about the SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF), the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), ACRL’s Women’s Studies Section (WSS), the LAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) including information about the opportunities to participate in their current work. This is sponsored by COSWL and co-sponsored by ACRL WSS and FTF.
Community Building Through Libraries
Disneyland Hotel, room: Dreams D
Good public service is an essential element of successful library programming. Find out how special and academic librarians are providing information outreach services that address community needs such as healthcare, literacy and education. Special and academic librarians will talk about successful partnerships that have led to lessening the knowledge gap and reducing information impoverishment.
John Buschman, Associate University Librarian, Georgetown University Library
Dorothy Warner, Professor-Librarian, Rider University
Nancy McKeehan, Assistant Director of Libraries for Systems, Medical University of South Carolina Library
Eileen Abels, Master's Program Director and Associate Professor, College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University
Denise E. Agosto, Associate Professor, College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University
Martin Luther King Holiday Multicultural Idea Exchange
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 206 A
Panelists representing public, academic, and school libraries will provide highlights of acclaimed activities during their observance of the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with emphasis on ways that libraries “Keep the Dream Alive!”
Task Force on the Environment - Greening of the Presses
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 204 C
In recent years publishers, paper mills, and printers examined the environmental impacts of book publishing and printing. Many are committing time, dollars, and expertise in making positive environmental transformations within the book industry. Speakers from the Green Press Initative, the Book Study Group, New Society Press, and the American Library Association Task Force on the Environment will talk about these transformations and provide insights about the growing trend for environmental stewardship within the publishing world. If you publish, you should come.
Earth Wind and Fire @ Your Library: Changing Climate and Changing Lives
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 201 D
As concentration of greenhouse gases continue to increase and cause global temperatures to rise at an alarming rate, climate change continues to significantly impact the global environment, especially for poorer areas of the world, which will be most vulnerable to climate change. Join the Social Responsibilities Round Table's International Responsibilities Task Force and Task Force on the Environment as we discuss factors contributing to climate change. Furthermore, we will present a call to action outlining what we ALL can do to reduce the consequences of global warming -- both in our professional and personal lives.
Feminists Night at the Movies
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 203 B
For some fun, relaxation and a bit of information come enjoy Sunday night at the movies. Two movies will be shown. 1. “I Was a Teenage Feminist” by Therese Shechter is a funny, moving and very personal journey into the heart of feminism, this film begins as quest to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power, and ultimately redefines the F-word for a new generation. 2. “The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud” by Elli Safari is a fascinating and powerful portrait of an African-American Muslim woman who first led a mixed-gender prayer congregation. Both movies are being provided by Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com). Speaker TBA. Sponsored by the Social Responisibilites Round Table's Feminist Task Force
EPA Libraries Forum
Anaheim Convention Center, room: 203 B
The U.S. EPA's National Library Network has faced many challenges since February 10, 2006, when word of a $2 million cut in the EPA Library budget put into motion a series of events resulting in the closing of five libraries in the network and an effort from the library community to prevent further closures and reductions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has worked for more than a year on a report to Congress, released in February 2008. Late in 2007 the U.S. Congress restored funding to the EPA Libraries. Representatives from the GAO will discuss the ramifications of their report on the EPA's National Library Network. Sponsored by SRRT/TFOE, GODORT, FAFLRT, WO, COL, Federal Libraries subcommittee COL.
Feminist Publishing: The Evolution of a Revolution
Disney's Paradise Pier, room: Pacific A
Track: Issues and Updates
From pamphlets and flyers to blogs and webzines, feminist publishing has always existed at the margins of scholarly communication, even as it simultaneously enters and influences the mainstream. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Section, we will explore the dynamic nature of feminist publishing with panelists representing feminist book, magazine, blog, and web publishing. This program is co-sponsored by ALA SRRT's Feminist Task Force (FTF) and ALA's Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL).
Kristin Bender, Reporter/Writer, Women's eNews and The Oakland Tribune
Kimberly Guinta, Acquisitions Editor, History, Routledge
Jennifer Nace, Assistant Librarian/ Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State Worthington Scranton
Lisa Pierce, Editorial Database Manager, Greenwood Publishing Group
Florence Howe, Emerita Publisher/Director, The Feminist Press at CUNY
Tedra Osell, Feminist Blogger, BitchPhD
Alternative Media Reception (formerly the Free Speech Buffet)
Disney's Grand Californian Wisteria and Terrace
Join your colleagues for the annual exhibit of local independent publishers and alternative media, formerly known as the Free Speech Buffet, now in its 17th year. Browse or purchase selections focusing on local, regional and major alternative publishers that may not be found in the main exhibit hall. Sponsored by SRRT's Alternative Media Task Force. Enjoy desserts and a cash bar while you celebrate media diversity.