2015 ALA Annual Conference
Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.
ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program
More 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)
Saturday, June 27
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
2016 ALA Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting proposal submissions for the 2016 Annual Conference, June 23 - 26, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.