ACRL Programs at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

President’s Program |  AASL / ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy |  AAMES |  AFAS |  ANSS |  Arts/IS | CJCLS |  CLS |  DLS |  Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee |  EBSS |  Ethics Committee |  IS/ Arts |  LES |  LPSS |  Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee |  RBMS |  STS |  ULS |  WESS |  WSS

Conquer Your Peer Fear: A Mock Peer-Review Workshop
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Career Paths & Professional Development
The program begins with the DLS award ceremony, followed by discussion of scholarly publishing and the peer-review process by academic journal editors Stephen Dew and Alan Karass. A mock peer-review workshop concludes the program. Attendees, working in small groups, will examine edited portions of manuscripts that were blind peer-reviewed by Dew and Karass, who will circulate among groups to facilitate discussion and answer individual questions.

Speakers: Alan Karass, Lecturer and Music Librarian, College of the Holy Cross; Stephen H. Dew, Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The "R" Word: Revisiting the Reality of Racism in Academic Libraries
ACRL Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Issues & Updates
ALA and ACRL Strategic Plans prioritize diversity issues. Creating and sustaining diversity in libraries requires addressing institutional and individual racism. Panelists will revisit racism in academic libraries including the relationship of race and racism to diversity, the definition and operationalizing of diversity; the impact of diversity initiatives on racism; changes in perceptions of discriminatory practices and attitudes; progress toward incorporating the study of race, diversity, and multiculturalism into LIS education; and strategies for addressing racism.

Speakers: Mark Winston, Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lorna Peterson, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo; Cynthia Preston, Assistant Professor, Social Work/Sociology Librarian, The Ohio State University; Moderator, Michele Saunders, Information Systems Librarian, University of Arizona

Federal Documents in African American Genealogical and Historical Research
Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Reference Services
Reginald Washington, author and genealogy specialist at the National Archives will conduct a workshop on the use of unique federal documents in African American historical and genealogical research. Federal records, i.e. Freedman’s Bureau, U.S. Census and pension records represent a rich compilation of first-hand information chronicling the experience of Africans in America. Mr. Washington will present key research techniques to help librarians assist researchers using these and other federal resources in African American historical research.

Speaker: Reginald Washington, African American Genealogy Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration

Gaming, Information Literacy and the College Student
Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Information Literacy
Can the skill acquired through mastery of videogames be applied to students attempting to conquer a maze of library databases and research? How have video games shaped the way students learn and process information and how can we use that understanding of these students in libraries? Learn how the gaming elements of urgency, complexity, learning by trial-and-error, active learning, experiential learning, and problem-based learning inform our goal of producing information literate students.

Speakers: George M. Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC; James Paul Gee, Tashia Morgridge Professor of Reading, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shakespeare and Libraries: On Stage, Online, Off the Shelves
ACRL-LES; Co-sponsored by the Theatre Library Association
Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Literature
Prompted by the "landmark festival" Shakespeare in Washington running from January-June 2007, the LES/TLA Program will address how library resources, especially those of the Folger Shakespeare Library, are used to prepare for theatrical productions of Shakespeare's plays; how libraries can be involved in public programming (readings/performances, lectures, exhibitions, blogs) pertaining to Shakespeare; and how this classic figure is making the transition to the electronic world.

Speakers: Georgianna Ziegler, Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference, Folger Shakespeare Library, President, Shakespeare Association of America; James L. Harner, Samuel Rhea Gammon Professor of Liberal Arts,Texas A & M University, Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography Online; Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Professor, Department of Performing Arts, American University

Can Blogs Be Trusted?
Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Blogs are everywhere. They provide up to date information on breaking news and add depth to complex stories. But are blogs a reliable source of information? Jason Zengerle will talk about his experience as a journalist covering the blogging phenomenon. Eric Alterman will discuss his blog Altercation.

Speakers: Jason Zengerle, Senior Editor, The New Republic; Eric Alterman, Columnist, The Nation

Leadership or Management: Which Is It?
Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Administration & Leadership; Leadership & Management
Visionary leadership and able management are critical to the success of any organization. Given the anticipated retirement of forty percent of the nation's librarians in the next decade, this program addresses growing concerns about where our next generation of leaders and managers will come from and explores ways to develop future leaders and managers within the profession. The ULS Social will immediately follow.

Speakers: Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services, Austin Community College; Karen Williams, Associate University Librarian, University of Minnesota; Adam Benitez, Acquisitions Coordinator, UCLA Law Library; Moderator, Shelley Phipps, Assistant Dean, Team Facilitation, University of Arizona

Empowering Data: Persuasion Through Presentation
Saturday, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Track: Research
Libraries and other organizations collect data to inform decision making, document effectiveness, and justify funding. This program focuses on ways to effectively use data for these purposes and Library research. Members of the panel will discuss guiding principles (with examples) for understanding your audience, as well as selecting and presenting empowered data. This 2-hour program will be preceded by the Distinguished EBSS Librarian Award Ceremony (10-minutes) and followed at 3:30 by the EBSS Research Forum.

Speakers: Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment and Planning, University of Washington; Bob Molyneux, Chief Statistician, SirsiDynix; Maribeth Manoff, Systems Librarian, University of Tennessee

Native American Heritage in the Nation's Capitol: Representation, Repatriation, and Resilience
Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming; Cultural Diversity
An interdisciplinary panel of scholars, curators, and other cultural heritage professionals will explore issues surrounding the preservation and revitalization of American Indian heritage and cultures with a focus on the cultural institutions in and around Washington D.C. This program is co-sponsored by the American Indian Library Association, the ALA Committee on Diversity, the ALA Diversity Council, the Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, EMIERT, RBMS and Rural Library Services.

Speakers: Emil Her Many Horses, Associate Curator, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian; Suzan Shown Harjo, President, The Morning Star Institute; Dorothy Lippert, Repatriation Case Officer & Archaeologist, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Anthropology; Candace Greene, Ethnologist, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Anthropology, Collections and Archives Program

The ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program: The Experiences of Mentors and Mentees
ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Human Resources & Staff Development; Career Paths & Professional Development
Join us to learn more about the impact of the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program. We hope this program will encourage others to establish or become involved with mentoring programs. Three mentor/mentee teams will share their experiences. Ample opportunity for the audience to interact with the panel will be provided. This program should be of interest to all who are concerned about recruiting the next generation of librarians, ensuring a diverse workforce, and developing mentoring programs.

Speakers: Aline Soules, Librarian/Full Professor, California State University, East Bay; Joel B. Thornton, Intern, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center; Carolyn Henderson Allen, Dean of Libraries, University of Arkansas; Robert B. Ridinger, Chair, Electronic Information Resources, Northern Illinois University; Candice Anne Wing-Yee Mack, MLIS Candidate, UCLA

Crossing the K-12/College Divide: Practical Tips for Collaboration
AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Administration & Leadership; New Models for Collaboration
Speakers involved in collaborative K-12/college partnerships will provide practical tips about initiating such relationships and discuss their project's goals and objectives, planning process, student activities, resources, and evaluation. Participants will then engage in table discussions adn develop their own plans for pursuing a relationship with a local school or college to strengthen the teaching of information literacy. Documents from the Toolkit for K-12 Collaboration will be introduced.

Creating World-class Asian, African and Middle Eastern Print and Digital Collections
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Collection Management & Technical Services
This distinguished panel will discuss how the rapid advance in information technology and the expansion of the digital networked environment have empowered academic and research libraries from being passive repositories of knowledge to active creators of new knowledge and resources. Topics covered include discussions on the Digital South Asia Library (funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program) and the new initiative of the Library of Congress in the development of the proposed World Digital Library.

Speakers: Hwa-Wei Lee, Chief, Asian Division, Library of Congress; Mary Jane Deed, Head, Near East Section, Library of Congress; Moderator, Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University; David Magier, South Asian Studies Librarian & Director of Areas Studies Library Services, Columbia University

Eye To I: Visual Literacy Meets Information Literacy
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Information Literacy
Philip Yenawine defines visual literacy as the ability to communicate as well as recognize and understand ideas conveyed through imagery. This program will explore connections between visual literacy and information literacy. Three experts will examine legal issues, access issues, and teaching strategies in light of the standards developed for both literacies. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop learning outcomes, rubrics, and pedagogical methods for teaching in an environment where words and images communicate meaning.

Speakers: Cindy Cunningham, Director of Media Metadata and Cataloging, Corbis Corporation; Loanne Snavely, Head, Instructional Programs, Penn State University Libraries; Danuta A. Nitecki, Associate University Librarian, Yale University Library

Rare Books and Special Collections in Public Libraries: Collections and Locations, Old and New
ACRL-RBMS; Co-sponsored by PLA
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Collection Management & Technical Services
Many American public libraries have collections of rare and unique materials in many formats. The use of these collections shows how research can be part of the mission of many public libraries. This session will look at the collection development and maintenance challenges of working with rare books and special collections in a diverse group of public library collections.

Speakers: Elaine Barone, Division Manager, Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library; Gladys Mahoney, Rare Book Librarian, Phoenix Public Library; Francine I. Henderson, Research Library Administrator, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

Ethics and Fund Raising: Challenges and Opportunities
ACRL Committee on Ethics
Sunday, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Track: Issues & Updates
Libraries are turning to private philanthropy to supplement their budgets. Successful fund raising requires integrity and ethical behavior. Fund raisers face difficult issues, such as establishing a proper relationship between donors and the library, determining which information the library is obliged to share with donors, broader acceptance of an exchange model of donors' behavior, and knowing when a gift should be refused. Hear experienced library fundraisers discuss the ethical and educational challenges involved in their work.

Speakers: Bill Myers, Former Dir. of Development and current Dir. of Assessment for Info. Serv., University of Kansas; Dwain Teague, Director of Development, University of Central Florida

Issues and Trends in Digital Repositories of Non-textual Information: Support for Research and Teaching
Monday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Track: Digital Information & Technologies
Libraries have long been invaluable for preserving and organizing literature produced from scientific research. Librarians and researchers alike are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of also preserving the scientific community's prodigious output of data, which are often difficult, if not impossible, to find in published literature. This engaging and informative program will address the issues and trends of storing and providing access to the vast amount of non-textual information produced by scientific research. A poster session will immediately follow this program.

Speakers: Thomas Dowling, Assistant Director of Library Systems, Client/ Server Applications, OhioLINK; D. Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University; Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University

Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago: Using New Technologies to Support Library Instruction
Monday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: User Services, Reference & Outreach; Information Literacy
Librarians are teaching to the Net Generation. Students are growing up in a world of technology. Ever wonder how to creatively use new technologies in the classroom? Not quite sure what a blog, Podcast, RSS feed, or social bookmark is? Or how you could use these to teach? Joan Lippincott, Associate Director of Coalition for Networked Information, will give an overview of emerging technologies and library instruction. Also, hear how one LIS professor, an expert in gender and information technology, is teaching future librarians how to use these tools in the classroom. See examples and get tips from an instructional services librarian and a women’s studies librarian on how to integrate such tools into your instruction.

Speakers: Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information; Kathy Burnett, Associate Professor, Information Studies, Florida State University; Kathryn Shaughnessy, Instructional Services Librarian, St. John’s University, Queens; Heather Tompkins, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Carlton College

Embracing Change: How to Energize and Engage Library Staff
Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Transformation & Innovations
Libraries are constantly evolving as user expectations change, technology develops, budgets constrain, and opportunities emerge. As these and other priorities shift, adaptation is key; as is the need for nimble organizations, mindful managers, dedicated employees, and creative work environments. This program will address methodologies for engaging library staff in change and development activities to cultivate a nimble organization by capitalizing on opportunities, implementing change, and emerging from the experience improved and energized!

Speakers: Irene M.H. Herold, Director, Mason Library, Keene State College; Kathleen Halverson, Assistant Director/Head of Public Services, Mason Library, Keene State College; Susan M. Campbell, Professor/Library Director, York College of Pennsylvania; Kathryn Deiss, Content Strategist, Association of College and Research Libraries; Moderator, Cecilia Knight, Catalog Librarian, Grinnell College; Tara Lynn Fulton, Dean of Library and Information Services and Associate Provost, Lock Haven University

The European Union Today: Forging European Identity
ACRL-WESS; Co-sponsored by LPSS and SEES
Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Track: Authors, Literature & Cultural Programming
How will European enlargement affect scholarship, publishing, and libraries? What does it mean to be European? Marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the European Community, speakers will address these issues, the goals of today’s European Union, and the social construction of political authority in the EU. Time for questions and discussion will follow.

Speaker: Arend Küster, Director, Publishers Communication Group Europe; Kathleen R. McNamara, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Ambassador John Bruton, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the USA

ACRL President's Program: The Art of Persuasion: Strategies for Effective Communication with Chief Academic Officers
Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Track: Non-track
What does an institution's chief academic officer (CAO) typically know about the library? What expectations of the library might a CAO have? What information does a CAO need when making library resource decisions? Working from scenarios featuring current library issues, a distinguished panel of academic administrators will address these questions, share strategies for effective communication practices for librarians, and invite audience questions.

Speakers: Elise B. Jorgens, Provost & Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, College of Charleston; Dominic Latorraca, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, County College of Morris; William Destler, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Maryland; Moderator, James P. Honan, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.