2015 ALA Annual Conference

Daily schedule of events and meetings

Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.

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Distinguished and Diverse: Celebrate the 2015 ALSC Honor Books
June 26, 2015 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm | Moscone Convention Center, 2003 (West Building)
The 2015 Honor Book recipients for the Newbery, Caldecott, Batchelder, Pura Belpré, Sibert and Geisel awards get their moment in the sun (or San Francisco fog) as we honor them, and the history and tradition of ALSC Honor Books and their creators. For agenda details and speakers, visit the ALSC Preconference page.

Category Early Bird Advance Onsite
Member $175 $175 $175
Non-Member $200 $200 $200

ALSC members: please use the special code ALSC2015 to receive the price of $120.

Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | 6:00 - 11:00 pm | Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Grand Ballroom B
This annual grand celebration honors the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Medalists and Honorees - creators of the year’s most distinguished books for children.
Have a question about the Banquet?  Please visit the Banquet's frequently asked questions page.  Tickets are now sold out.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

Photo of Melissa SweetPhoto of Judy CheathamMore to the Core: From the Craft of Nonfiction to the Expertise in the Stacks
Monday, June 29, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Moscone Convention Center, 2001 (West Building)

Awarding winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet (far left) and literacy advocate Judy Cheatham (left), VP of Literacy Services at Reading is Fundamental, share the stage to present an informing and inspiring look at the creation of excellent nonfiction and the matchmaking of great books and kids who need them. Libraries’ role in innovative implementation of programs and services to support the Common Core Standards is a central skill and an important contribution to the communities we serve.  Even if CCS isn’t a part of your educational landscape, great nonfiction books – how they are created and ways to connect them to children and families is central to our craft and critical to our ability to collaborate with our communities. Let’s be inspired together!


Saturday, June 27

8:30-10 a.m.

Managing the Future: Supporting Your Youth Services Innovators | Moscone Convention Center 2011 (West Building) 
Youth Services Librarians are innovative by nature. They work collaboratively to come up with some seriously out of the box library services, working to fit their offerings to their customers’ needs. How can supervisors and systems support and nourish these librarians, so that their most forward-thinking minds don’t get discouraged and leave or calcify? How can youth services librarians sell their outrageous ideas so that managers understand and support them?

New Immigrants, New Approaches: Serving Your Community's Deep Diversity with Programming and Acquisition | Moscone Convention Center 3001 (West Building)

With continuous news stories and rhetoric about “illegal” immigrants and “Islamification” of the Western world, how do you change the conversation about “new arrivals” and welcome diverse neighbors into the library community?
This workshop will present research demonstrating the power of diverse books to reduce prejudice, guidelines and programming models for sharing diverse immigrant stories with communities, book lists, and other resources. The workshop will include:
-Overview of contemporary U.S. immigration
-Stages of adjustment for refugee and immigrant children
-How children’s books can reduce prejudice with both long-term residents and new arrival groups
-How to use books to promote understanding & connection, with examples of successful com-munity programming
-Online searchable database of new arrival literature
-Other resources & group sharing

1-2:30 p.m.

Passion, Purpose and Partnership: All around Town, All around the State | Moscone Convention Center 3009 (West Building)
The All Around Town, All Around the State initiative began with Richland Library's passion for bringing books and children together. Richland Library, the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Library partnered to reach more than 2,500 at-risk third-grade students in S.C. This cross-curricular literacy program was designed to introduce children to the work of two celebrated African-American artists--Dinah Johnson and Richard Samuel Roberts, and to promote literacy across South Carolina.

The Raising of America: How Libraries Can Make a Difference for Our Babies and Young Children | Moscone Convention Center 3007 (West Building)
Come view a screening of the groundbreaking PBS documentary -- "The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation" -- followed by a moderated discussion on how libraries can play pivotal roles in building safe, secure and nurturing communities so all kids have the opportunity for a strong start. Join the filmmakers, child development experts, and the California State Library's 'Early Learning with Families' staff in conversation.

Sunday, June 28

1-2 p.m.

Summer Learning: A Family Affair | Moscone Convention Center 2022 (West Building)
Your library’s summer reading program is an opportunity for families to enjoy learning and enrichment activities together. Without these summer learning experiences, children often slip down the “summer slide” and return to school unprepared to learn at grade level. Families want the best for their children, but they may lack the tools to prevent summer learning loss. In this session, you will learn how to use your library’s summer reading program to increase parent engagement and promote family literacy.
Babies Need Words Every Day: Bridging the Word Gap as a Community | Moscone Convention Center 2014 (West Building)
Last summer, the ALSC Board made a commitment to join the “Bridging the Thirty-Million Word Gap” initiative. The ALSC Office and the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee have joined the effort by creating posters that can help inspire parents to talk with their children. Join us to talk about the initiative and how communities are investing in relationships to create common goals and increase children’s exposure to language.
3-4 p.m.
We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) Presents: How to Move from Talk to Action | Moscone Convention Center 2005 (West Building)
WNDB believes that librarians are in a perfect position to be the wave of change needed to bring diverse books to center stage. Not only by reaching out to those readers who traditionally do not see themselves reflected in children's literature, but by bringing diversity to all children. Attendees will discuss how best to book talk diverse books and will be given strategies to engage in constructive dialogue with regards to those diverse books (classic and modern) that may perpetuate stereotypes. Panelists will also discuss issues of privilege, bias, and cultural context and the importance of the ongoing need for diverse narratives.