Public Programs Office @ ALA Annual Conference 2011

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Mark your calendar for the following events sponsored by the Public Programs Office at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion in the Public Library
Saturday, June 25, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Morial Convention Center - Room 338
The ALA Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute share information regarding a new programming grant for public libraries.

ABC's of Sustainable Partnerships: Affiliations Build Communities
Saturday, June 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Morial Convention Center - Room 274
Across the nation, libraries and humanities councils have partnered to fund public programming in libraries and schools.  A variety of successful outreach models, including the award-winning PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME program, will be showcased. Representatives from several states including Louisiana, Georgia, and Michigan and Arizona, the ALA Public Programs Office, and the National Endowment for the Humanities will share impressive results of collaborative efforts, including bilingual and multicultural programming. A recently released study titled: “Stemming the Tide of Intergenerational Illiteracy: A Ten-Year Impact Study of PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME” will be presented.

Speakers: Miranda Restovic, Director PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME,  Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Thomas C. Phelps, Director of the Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lainie Castle, Project Director, Public Programs Office, American Library Association; Elaine Black, Director of Youth Services, Georgia Public Library Service; Katie Wolf, Executive Director, Michigan Humanities Council; Erica Kinias, Programs and Grants Manager, Arizona Humanities Council 

Maximizing the Impact of Programming
Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Morial Convention Center- Room 285

In this time of declining budgets and increased user demand, libraries need to focus more than ever on return on investment for their program dollars. You’ll hear from a small resort library in rural Colorado that has created wide ranging partnerships with organizations local to international to deliver drop-your-jaw programming for a sophisticated audience. Award winning Multnomah County will share their detailed methods for prolonging the life and audience of popular programs through podcasting, including real world advice on staff allocation, securing author permissions, sourcing equipment and services, and intellectual property issues. Finally, you’ll meet a film producer who will reveal the secrets of working with film producers to license programs for your library.

Speakers: Terrilyn Chun, Systemwide Programming Coordinator, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon; Scott Doser, Programs Coordinator, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado; Eileen Newman, Managing Director, Tribeca Film Institute

NEH’s Picturing America: Model Programs for Public Libraries
Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Morial Convention Center - Room 274
Since Picturing America was launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, 3,600 public libraries have been awarded this collection of American artwork. Public librarians who have the Picturing America artwork in their collections are invited to attend this session to learn more about developing related programs for public audiences. Model program formats presented will include book and media discussion programs, local history presentations, lecture series, poetry programming, and more.

Speakers: Malore Brown, Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lainie Castle, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office; Amber Creger, Children's Librarian, Chicago Public Library - Woodson Regional Library; Colleen Leddy, Director, Stair Public Library, Morenci, MI; Brandy Morrill, Librarian III, Chicago Public Library - Chinatown Branch; Laura Moran, Library Programmer, Western Sullivan Public Library, Jeffersonville, NY; Jude Schanzer, Director of Public Relations and Programming, East Meadow Public Library; East Meadow, NY; Carla Sharp, Brighton District Library; Head of Youth Services, Brighton, MI; Christopher W. Czajka, Senior Director, LAB@Thirteen, Educational and Community Outreach, WNET.

Science Programming 101: Presenting Excellent Science Programs in Your Library
Sunday, June 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Morial Convention Center- Room 287
Learn how to create exciting hands-on science programs for children and young adults from representatives of the National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado; and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas. The program will also discuss two science exhibits for rural public libraries: Discover Earth and Discover Tech, and introduce a new science “Community of Practice” librarians can use.

Speakers:  Paul Dusenbery and Lisa R. Curtis, National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute; Stephanie Shipp and Keliann LaConte, Lunar and Planetary Institute; Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative Project, Lynwood, WA; Susan Brandehoff and Jennifer Dominiak, ALA Public Programs Office.

The Language of Conservation: A Case Study in Library-Zoo Partnerships
Monday, June 27, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Morial Convention Center - Room 285
In 2008, Poets House initiated a groundbreaking collaboration, creating poetry installations in zoos and related programming at libraries in five cities. The poems from around the world have encouraged millions of visitors to imagine a sustainable future for all cultures and wildlife on Earth. Join award-winning poet Mark Doty and representatives from Poets House, the New Orleans Public Library and the Audubon Zoo as they share information regarding this unique collaboration, and how you can use poetry to create vibrant partnerships that engage the public in a dialogue around culturally significant issues.

Speakers:  Missy Abbott, Manager, Milton H. Latter Branch, New Orleans Public Library; Mark Doty, New Orleans Language of Conservation poet-in-residence; Reginald Harris, Poetry in the Branches Coordinator, Poets House; Brenda Walkenhorst, Director of Education/Volunteers, Audubon Zoo

LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage
End of the 1400 aisle in the exhibit hall
Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 27, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Take a break from a busy day of programs and meetings, and let someone read to you for a change. Stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage to experience readings by new and favorite authors and poets, learn how to develop author programs, and find new reading recommendations for your patrons.
Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s LIVE! Stage will feature a special focus on poetry, with readings by many popular and up and-coming poets.
Following each reading, LIVE! authors will be available to sign copies of their work for conference attendees. The LIVE ! @ your library Reading Stage is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

Live! @ your library Reading Stage author lineup


The Language of Conservation at the Audubon Zoo
Monday, June 27, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Off-site at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo
Experience the groundbreaking Language of Conservation poetry installation at the Audubon Zoo. Event will feature a wine reception, 45 minute train ride/guided tour through the zoo to see the installations up close, as well as a slide show and poetry reading by nationally acclaimed poet and Audubon Zoo Poet-in-Residence, Mark Doty.  Shuttle buses will be provided for attendees.

This event is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office in cooperation with the New Orleans Public Library, Poets House and the Audubon Zoo. The Language of Conservation is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences.

**This event is sold out. Tickets are no longer available.


Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee Meetings
Saturday, June 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
JW Marriott - Bacchus Room

Monday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Morial Convention Center - Room 237