Getting Together | February 2017

Library Leadership in a Digital Age | Latino Children's Lit ConferenceArbuthnot  Honor Lecture | National Library Legislative Day | Zena Sutherland Lecture | ALSC President's Program | Families Learning Conference 

Library Leadership in a Digital Age 

photo of Carla HaydenThe Harvard Graduate School of Education is hosting Library Leadership in a Digital Age (LLDA) on March 16-18, 2017. The event will convene accomplished library leaders, insightful policymakers, and faculty experts to consider the current state and future direction of librarianship.  
The LLDA faculty line-up will include Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress (pictured at left),  and Emily Gore, Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America, who will discuss digital preservation issues and challenges. Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT and key architect of an interesting report on the future of academic libraries, will lead a conversation on this important work. Deanna Marcum, Senior Adviser at Ithaka S+R, will present ten descriptors of success when leading digital initiatives. James Neal, ALA President-Elect, will offer his views on future challenges and opportunities facing the profession.  Additional faculty presenters from the Digital Public Library of America and Boston Public Library will be on hand to add further depth and insight to the proceedings. 
Additional program information and application details are available at the Harvard website

2017 National Latino Children's Literature Conference 

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies and The University of Texas at San Antonio are pleased to announce the 2017 National Latino Children’s Literature Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23-25. The conference was created for the purpose of promoting high-quality children’s and young adult books about the Latino cultures and to offer a forum for librarians, educators, researchers, and students to openly discuss strategies for meeting the informational, educational, and literacy needs of Latino children and their families. For further information about the schedule, presenters, and registration, visit the conference webpage.

2017 Arbuthnot Lecture Tickets Now Available 

Lecture graphicAward-winning author Jacqueline Woodson will present “What Gets Left Behind: Stories from the Great Migration” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7 p.m., at W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Columbia. A book signing and reception follow. All events are free but require a ticket. Please visit the lecture's EventBrite page for more information and to register.

Sign up for National Library Legislative Day 2017 

National Library Legislative Day logoRegistration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is open! To find information about the event, to register, or to book a room in the hotel block, please visit the event webpage.
National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. May 1 is briefing day and includes informational sessions about each of the most important legislation issues libraries are facing, as well as advocacy training with experts from the Campaign Workshop. On May 2nd, each state delegation will go to meetings on the Hill with their elected officials.
Featured issues include:
  • Library funding
  • Privacy and surveillance reform
  • Copyright modernization
  • Access to government information
  • Affordable broadband access
  • Net neutrality protection
Registration is $50 and includes entry into a reception held on Capitol Hill, along with a folder full of briefing materials, talking points, and other resources.
To learn more about the event, check out our blog post on District Dispatch

Save the Date -- Zena Sutherland Lecture 

Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet will deliver the 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, titled "To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story," will be held at the Chicago Public Library's (CPL) Harold Washington Center at 400 S. State Street in downtown Chicago. The lecture is free to attend, but registration will be required. An Eventbrite registration link will be available soon on the CPL’s website.

Charlemae Rollins President's Program in Chicago 

ALA Annual Conference logoJoin ALSC on Monday, June 26, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference, for "Plugging into the Digital Age: Libraries Engaging and Supporting Families with Today’s Literacy." Digital technology impacts all areas of life: brain development, learning styles, and interpersonal relationships. Experts in the field have gathered to present the latest research on digital-age technology and its relationship to childhood development and childhood literacy. This panel will feature Chip Donohue from the Erikson Institute and Sarah R. Lytle from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, who will present the latest research in this area of study. Lisa Regalla from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum will discuss practical ways to implement this information in our libraries and services. This program will provide attendees with innovative ways for librarians to enhance their professional development and grow into their role as media mentors for children and caregivers. For more information on ALSC events being held at the ALA Annual Conference, visit our conference webpage.

Families Learning Conference 

The 2017 Families Learning Conference is scheduled for October 9-11, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona. Programs will explore promising practices and innovative strategies in family literacy, learning, and engagement. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
Interested in sharing what works in your practice? The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking and practices in family literacy and learning, two-generation education solutions, and parent and family engagement. The proposal form for concurrent session presenters is online.