EMIERT Past Programs
These are in addition to the annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfasts
2013 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)
- Emiert's Taste of the Town
Join the ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table and the Polish American Librarians Association for a Taste of the Town, featuring a visit to the Polish Museum of America and family-style lunch at Podhalanka restaurant in Chicago’s famous Polonia Triangle, during the American Library Association’s 2013 Annual Conference, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Cosponsoring the event is ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.
Explore the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s Polish-American community at the Polish Museum of America, whose large collection features authentic folk art, traditional costume, coins, militaria, religious artifacts, items from the Polish exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair and much more. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the PMA Library, one of the nation’s best ethnic heritage collections. Then, connect with your colleagues and enjoy an authentic family-style Polish meal at Podhalanka restaurant, a Division Street mainstay since 1983. The bus will depart from McCormick Place at noon, and will return at 3:30 p.m.
- Immigrant Civic Engagement: An IMLS National Leadership Demonstration Project (sponsored by EMIERT)
Awarded in 2010, Hartford Public Library’s 3 year demonstration project employs four interconnected and complementary strategies to address the critical need for immigrant civic integration, these include: volunteer Cultural Navigators, community dialogues, coalition building and a communications campaign. At the core of these strategies is social capital development noted in the field as a key ingredient for promoting civic integration. Participants will learn about the project’s challenges, successes, and how best to apply its strategies within their own library setting. Presenters: Hartford Public Library, Welcoming America
2012 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)
The ALA Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) will mark 35 years of service as the Association’s source of information on recommended ethnic collections, services and programs with three sessions during ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
The celebration will begin with “Community Voices: Preserving the History and Culture of our Communities,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23 in room 201A of the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC). During this session, subtitled “Step Back Into the Future – New Technology Brings History to Your Smartphone,” panelists will discuss “GeoStoryteller,” a mobile app developed for the Goethe Institut’s “German Traces” program by the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. This innovative app guides users as they go on a smartphone-guided tour of New York City, recapturing the early days of immigration to America’s largest city using podcasts, slideshows, and augmented reality.
From 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 in room ACC205A, “Cultural Programming: How to Achieve Meaningful Dialogue at Your Library,” will explore ways to enhance library cultural programming and feature an expert-led discussion on engaging patrons in fruitful cultural exchanges beneficial to the library and the community. Immediately following the session at 2:45, present and past EMIERT members are invited to attend a tribute to founder David Cohen along with sharing past stories about EMIERT. Those interested in participating in the tribute are asked to contact Linda Teel at Teell@ecu.edu.
The third program, “Virtual Faiths: Cooperative Digitization Projects” will be held from 8 - 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in room ACC207A. This session will highlight several examples of cooperative digitization and digital library projects drawn from interdisciplinary and historical records related to a particular denomination or faith that help researchers delve into contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, as well as the history of the development of local communities, regions and nations. This program will feature several projects underway related to Methodism, Judaism and Catholicism, and is sponsored by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), the American Theological Library Association (ATLA),the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), Catholic Library Association (CLA) and EMIERT's Jewish Information Committee.
2011 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)
- Census 2010: What It Can Tell our Funders
This workshop will demonstrate how to extrapolate and present Census 2010 data that truly represents your community. This data will help you secure funding, offer programming, and meet the education needs of your library's patrons. Speakers will include a representative from the Census Office and librarians who specialize in demographics. The David Cohen EMIERT Award and the EMIERT Distingusihed Librarian Award will be presented at the end of the program.
Gathering the Storm: Exploring Katrina's Jewish Voices and the Significance of Oral History Collection
In 2006, the Jewish Women's Archive and the Institute for Southern Jewish Life instituted an oral history project to document the experience of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath within the Jewish communities of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Professor Karla Goldman will present video excerpts and moderate a panel discussion among some of the project's narrators to consider the Jewish themes and frameworks that emerged in these interviews and to reflect upon the impact of oral history in capturing and shaping our understanding of individual, group, and general experiences of historically momentous events like Katrina. Dr. Goldman will lead a panel discussion following her presentation.
2010 ALA Annual Conference (Excerpts from the program announcements)
- Going Socratic with Coretta Scott King Book Award Titles: A Socratic Seminar Approach to Book Discussions
Using Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning titles "Elijah of Buxton" and "Moses," learn the how-to’s of the Socratic Process to involve students in inquiry and rich discussion of opinions based on the text. Session will include defining the Socratic method, seminar etiquette, and role of facilitator. Learn how to select the best texts, conduct a seminar, enhance inquiry skills of student participants, and assess the seminar.
The Power of Multicultural Exhibits in Building Multicultural Relationships
Through virtual demonstrations this program will illustrate how exhibits – HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE; THE CHILDREN OF DARFUR; COMMON THREADS: UNRAVELING THE WORLD OF TEXTILES – can help libraries develop multicultural audiences, connect and increase circulation, cultivate community intercultural relationships, while promoting global consciousness. Presenter Lou Ann Merkle, Darfur Alert Coalition Founder and Executive Director 2004 – 2007 will offer insight into an exhibit of drawings and poetry created by children in the Kalma refugee war camp in South Darfur in 2004. Marc Yves Regis, author of Haiti through My Eyes, Deadly Road to Democracy, and two photographic documentaries Two Good Feet and When Freedom Comes, will discuss his most recent photographs and stories of Haiti. Representatives from The Textile Museum in D.C. will demonstrate how they have used interactive educational websites to share the cultural importance of the world’s textiles and engage audiences of all ages. They will highlight “Common Threads: Unraveling the World of Textiles.” The site was designed as an introduction to textiles through in-depth exploration of two objects from the Museum’s permanent collection: a rain-cloak from Bhutan and an over-tunic from Guatemala. Join us for a closer look at how you can use the site in your own library.
One Poem, Enriching Lives Across the Globe: Samuel Ullman, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and "Youth"
Judith Schaefer’s 59-minute film, "So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman's Poems and Passion," tells the remarkable story of the serendipitous international influence of one poem. The inspiring documentary highlights Ullman’s life (1840-1924), community humanitarian work and personal courage as an immigrant Jew in Birmingham, Alabama, and how his philosophy came to influence General Douglas MacArthur, postwar Japanese society, and world leaders like Robert and Ted Kennedy. Ullman biographer/historian Margaret Armbrester will facilitate audience discussion. Co-sponsored by RUSA.
Immigrant Vignettes: The Saga of Romanian-American and Canadian-Jews
Overview of two millennia-long Jewish community in Romania (including the Holocaust, Communist & post-Communist periods); immigration and history of Jews in the USA and Canada, Romanian Holocaust survivors and righteous Gentiles; biographical sketches of noted Romanian Jews; library materials on North American Romanian Jewry including Multicultural Review; author-publisher interaction vis-à-vis The Romanian Jews in America and Canada (1850-2010); and issues in writing and publishing a Holocaust memoir are the main components of this program. Speakers: Vladimir Wertsman, author and Chair of EMIERT Publishing and Multicultural Materials Committee and Lyn Miller-Lachman, Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review.