2018 ALA Annual Conference
June 21 - 26, 2018
New Orleans, LA
The 2018 ALA Annual Conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
The Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting additional "hot topic" proposal submissions for the 2018 Annual Conference. To submit a proposal, click here. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. Questions? Access the Hot Topic Program Proposal Information Sheet.
Registration and housing will open Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 12:00, Noon (CST). For registration information, visit the ALA 2018 conference webpage.
Attention Program Organizers! - Visit the program organizer webpage to access the planning guide and equipment order forms.
ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program
Margarita Engle Debbie Reese Jason Reynolds Ebony Thomas Edith Campbell (moderator)
Considering All Children: A New Ideal in Evaluating and Engaging around Books for Youth
Monday, June 25, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Location TBA
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Location TBA
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Reaching Kids and Families with Graphic Novel Programming
Graphic novels offer opportunities for kids and family-focused library programming. Whether you are a comic book novice or seasoned reader looking for fresh ideas, you’ll leave with tips for talking about comics with kids, organizing library graphic novel groups, and teaching visual intelligence and literary devices using comics. Take home resources you’ll need to feel confident with graphic novel programming, including booklists, extension activities, readers’ advisory tips, resources for finding good, age-appropriate stuff, and more!
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA
STEM for Babies and Toddlers: A powerful foundation for language and literacy
STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) are a critical to success in our society, but the emphasis in programming and education has traditionally started with school-age children, and more recently, preschoolers. Now there is a growing body of research that shows something many early childhood educators have known for years: that STEM skills begin to form at birth, with many heightened opportunities for discovery and learning in the brain-building zero to three years. STEM activities can provide a powerful, experiential context for acquiring early language and literacy skills by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions between child and caregiver. The cognitive thinking skills that we now know begin in infancy lead to the abstract thinking that is critical to STEM and language learning. But what does STEM look like in practice with babies and toddlers? And how do we do it at the library? In this session, you will learn how to nurture very young children’s natural curiosity and find the “hidden STEM” in everyday play, exploration, and interactions with parents and caregivers. Hear what the research says, and how to turn research into practice through STEM programming, STEM kits, baby maker spaces, and STEM-focused “Playdates” for children 0-3. Learn how to bring STEM programming for babies and toddlers into your community by providing presentations for formal and informal childcare providers, and other outreach strategies to expand accessibility to groups with historically underrepresented access to quality STEM education in the early years.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA
Kids Listen: Podcasts Amplify Engagement and Learning
Podcasts created for kids and often times by kids are emerging as valuable resources for transforming engagement and learning through listening, questioning, recording, reflecting and connecting with kids. By placing kids’ voices at the center of their work, podcast producers/hosts from Book Club for Kids, Brains On, and Buttons & Figs will share how they connect children with authors, artists, scientists and each other. The panelists will share how they create podcast episodes, how they engage kids, and how their techniques inspire creativity and learning. The panel includes an educator and librarians who will share stories about how on-demand podcast episodes can be used in the library or classroom to transform the way children engage with information, learning, and creativity. Learn how to locate and access kids podcasts and incorporate them into your library, programs, or lessons.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Location TBA
Let’s Talk About Race with Kids: Library Programs and Activities that support Parents, Caregivers, and Educators in Talking to Young People about Race
Young people are exposed to issues surrounding race, racism, bias, privilege and more in their daily lives, within their communities, and from the media. Parents and caregivers are often left explaining difficult topics to their children while still trying to understand these topics themselves. Adults need tools to help them reflect on their own backgrounds and experiences as well as how best to discuss these important, complex topics with young people in their lives.
Monday, June 25, 2018 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Location TBA
Early Literacy Outreach to Underserved and Unserved Families
Early literacy outreach to underserved and unserved families has been growing. Research suggests that interactive experiences with early literacy improves young children’s lives, and providing equitable access to library services is one of the ALA’s key action areas. Going beyond traditional in-library programs, innovative early literacy resources are currently being delivered in food pantries, WIC Centers, NICU units, laundromats, and apartment complexes. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the impact they have had on vulnerable communities.