2016 ALA Annual Conference
Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.
20th Anniversary Pura Belpré Awards Celebration
Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Rosen Centre Hotel - Jr. Ballroom F
Please join ALSC and REFORMA for a celebration featuring speeches by the 2016 Pura Belpré award-winning authors and illustrators, book signings, light snacks and entertainment. In honor of this year's milestone, the festivities will also feature a silent auction of original artwork by Belpré award-winning illustrators, sales of the new commemorative book The Pura Belpré Award: Twenty Years of Outstanding Latino Children’s Literature, and a presentation by keynote speaker Carmen Agra Deedy.
Want to learn more? Visit the the 20th Anniversary celebration page.
ALSC Awards Presentation
Monday, June 27, 2016 | 8:30 - 10:00 am | Orange County Convention Center - W110A
The Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards will be presented to the 2016 award winners and honorees.
ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program
Libraries: The Space to Be
Monday, June 27, 2016 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center - W110A
Learn more about this year's Charlemae Rollins President's Program from Andrew Medlar...
Odyssey Awards for Excellence in Audiobook Production Awards Program
Saturday, June 25
InbeTWEEN: Services and Programs for Tweens in Public Libraries. One of the most popular demographics for publishers and marketers, tweens are enjoying their time in the spotlight. But are libraries following along in a push to market services for tweens separate from traditional children's programming? Are we carving our spaces into too many market areas - or are we riding the top of the wave and staying ahead of the curve? Participants will explore tween's preferences in collection development, technology, and programming. -- Orange County Convention Center - W102B
Words, Words, Words: Increasing Young Children’s Exposure to Language through the Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative. The Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative is a collaborative project of The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Zoo, funded by PNC Grow Up Great. The partners are focused on working in vulnerable communities to provide programming to support families and their young children in closing the 30 million word gap through fun, cross-curricular, hands-on community-based programs. Learn practical tips to implement at your library and share your ideas with your colleagues. -- Orange County Convention Center - W108
Early Literacy Beyond the Library: How to Engage Young Children and Parents in Your Community. Participants will learn about three strategies to promote parent engagement beyond the library walls. Discover how Brooklyn Public Library (NY) employed its under-utilized SMS to text early literacy tips to parents. Learn how the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (Nova Scotia) uses "StoryWalks" and "StoryMobs" to encourage families to get moving and reading outdoors. Learn how New York Public Library developed a resource-rich early literacy kit to encourage parents to talk, read, sing, write, and play. -- Orange County Convention Center - W103A
Reaching the Pinnacle of Program Planning: Creating a Model for Standardized Program Quality and Delivery in Multi-Branch Systems. Do your programs vary in quality from branch to branch, and librarian to librarian? Do you only have great early literacy/teen/technology/young professional/whatever programs where there are subject enthusiasts in those branches, and none where interest is lukewarm? Learn how to develop a Quality Program Structure that establishes quality standards, powerful templates, shareable hyperlinked program grids, coordinated themes, and cooperative marketing, and gives librarians the tools to save time, save money, build resources, and share and replicate well-researched, strategic programs that increase public outcomes. -- Orange County Convention Center - W203
Sunday, June 26
Not Your Granny’s Dinner Conversation: Diversity, Race, Sex and Gender. Campaigns to increase diversity in children’s publishing have garnered support, but debates emerge over the “how” of diversities—especially when it comes to fraught topics like slavery, racism, gender identity and sexual orientation. How does responsible engagement with these and other contentious topics impact the work of writing, reading, selecting, and teaching diverse books for children and teens? This panel will highlight insights from authors and publishers while exploring practices that the diversity conversation. -- Orange County Convention Center - W205
Storytime Live! Improv Techniques That Work! Looking for a new way to jazz up your storytimes and programs or maybe you need a way to refocus storytime snafus? Try some improv! Improv techniques can help you relax under pressure, get comfortable in the unknown, and learn to think on your feet. This presentation will give you a crash-course on improv and some ideas how to implement them at your library! You will also learn improv games for staff development and team bonding. -- Orange County Convention Center - S330 C-D
52 Weeks of STEM @ Your Library. Hydraulic butterflies? DNA extraction? Computer programming principles via life-sized mazes?! STEM isn’t scary, it’s fun! At this hands-on presentation, you’ll learn how to incorporate engaging STEM programming in your library. We’ll walk you through everything from finding and evaluating potential STEM activities, to incorporating them into lively programs for all ages. Participants will leave with an arsenal of 52 kid-tested, librarian-approved STEM programs and access to additional resources and evaluation tools for future STEM programming. -- Orange County Convention Center - S330 A-B