Annual '06 Preview

'06 Annual Conference Preview

ALCTS Preconferences & Programs | MORE

ALCTS Events Schedule: By Group | MORE

ALCTS Events Schedule: By Day | MORE

Gorman To Host Two Library Education Events | MORE

Reporters Needed to Cover ALCTS Events | MORE

Volunteer at the ALCTS Booth in New Orleans | MORE

Rebuild New Orleans: Volunteer! | MORE

ALA President Michael Gorman To Host Two Library Education Events

ALA President Michael Gorman is convening a half-day Forum on International Library Education on Friday, June 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Library educators from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America will present papers and lead panel discussions exploring issues in library education in the international arena. Topics include: What are the similarities and differences between librarianship in the United States and abroad? What can we learn from library educators in other countries? How can library educators from around the world work together to develop programs that will adequately prepare twenty-first-century librarians to work in a global environment?

ALA conference attendees may register for this free event using the online registration form at

Mr. Gorman is also hosting a free national satellite teleconference on Friday, June 9, 2006 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The program, "Confronting the Crisis in Library Education: A National Teleconference," will feature speakers addressing the question of whether today's library education programs are doing an adequate job of training the next generation of librarians, and will discuss the related issues of continuing education and certification. This is a live interactive program, and viewers can comment and ask questions via fax, email and telephone.

The teleconference will be available without charge to all libraries to downlink or view on webcast. All sites may copy the teleconference for replay or sharing purposes at their libraries. To register, call 1-800-354-6587 or visit the registration Web site:

Your Name in Lights! Reporters Needed to Cover ALCTS Events in New Orleans

Wanted: Volunteers to write summary reports on our division’s preconferences and programs in New Orleans which will be published in the August issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online. Seasoned reporters as well as novices are welcome. Your contributions will enable all members to benefit from reading about the events our division is sponsoring at the Annual Conference.

If you would like to be a reporter in New Orleans, here is what you need to do:

  • Select an event from the list of ALCTS Programs and Preconferences in this issue.
  • Send an e-mail message to the editor, Mary Beth Weber (, and indicate the event you would like to cover. You will receive a prompt reply to let you know if a report is needed for that event. One friendly suggestion: Include alternate choices in case the one in which you are most interested happens to be taken.
  • Attend the program or preconference and take good notes!
  • Write a brief report (300 words for programs, 500 for preconferences) including names of speakers, topics covered, and whatever other information you deem important, such as: major points of emphasis, conclusions reached, or audience response.
  • Send the report by e-mail (as a message or as an attached file) to Mary Beth Weber ( no later than July 31, 2006.

Lend Your Expertise: Volunteer at the ALCTS Booth in New Orleans

The ALCTS Membership Committee invites ALCTS members to staff the ALCTS Booth at the Annual Conference in New Orleans in June. Long-term members as well as new members are encouraged to volunteer. Duties include greeting members and potential members, and answering questions about ALCTS. The Membership Committee plans on having two people staff the booth at all times that it is open, and please help us meet our goal!

The ALCTS Booth will be located in the exhibit halls in the Morial Convention Center. Hours of operation for the booth will be from Saturday, June 24 through Monday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To volunteer, send an email message to Natalie Sommerville ( The booth schedule is available at: Volunteer early to get your preferred time slots!

Rebuild New Orleans: Volunteer!

Help rebuild New Orleans by volunteering to community service efforts. Exact jobs to be determined in conjunction with the New Orleans Public Library and community service groups such as Habitat for Humanities and United Way. Volunteers will be notified in advance, and may choose the project in which they wish to participate. The registration fee is $10, and will be contributed to the "ALA Hurricane Katrina Library Relief Fund." Lunch, transportation and a participation t-shirt are included. To register to participate, please go to the Registration Page.

If you have already registered for the Annual Conference, you can register for the Volunteer Days by submitting a second registration form, just for this event. The volunteer efforts are daylong events, and will take place on Friday, June 23, 2006, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Those interested can volunteer for one, or both, days.