Past Programs

Past Programs

2015 ALA Annual Conference San Francisco

EMIERT Programs at ALA San Francisco

Date & Time 7:00-9:30 am 10:30-11:30 am 1:00-2:30 pm 4:30-5:30 pm 5:00-7:00 pm

Sat. June 27

















EMIERT Gen. Membership Mtg  Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Pacific Suite B














Librarians of Color: The Challenges of "Movin' On Up" (Pt II) Moscone Convention Center 2007 (W) (1:00-2:30)

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Mario Ascensio listens intently to an audience member during a break out session while Ray Pun compiles a list of key concerns (above).

Eileen Kuan-Veng Bosch and Monica Lopez examine types of microaggressions in their break out session (below).

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Presentation of Distinguished Librarian Award

Image for Mark Puente distinguished award

Collective Cultural Competency: Promoting a Dialogue about Diversity in an Academic Library Moscone Convention Center  3012 (W)

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Rebecca Marrall provides insightful replies to questions from the audience on her presentation



Coretta Scott King Book Awards-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Reception  Westin St. Francis  Olympic Room











Sun., June 28











Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast  Marriott Marquis San Francisco  Golden Gate Ballroom






EMIERT Executive & All Committee Meeting Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Pacific Suite C







Diversity in a Flash: A Lightning Showcase of Residency Diversity Initiatives  Moscone Convention Center  2020 (W) (1:00-2:00)

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(left to right) Sarah Espinosa, Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation, Towson UniversityMartha Parker, Librarian-in-Residence, University of Arkansas; Tarida Anantachai, Learning Commons Librarian, Syracuse University; Orlanando Duffus, Resident, University of North Carolina at Greensboro;  Nataly Blas, Business Librarian, Loyola Marymount University




For additional diversity related programs in the ALA scheduler, please see:

2015 ALA Midwinter Conference - Chicago IL

Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee: Executive Committee meeting (8:30-10:00) and General Committee meeting (10:30-11:30, Fairmont Chicago State Room
  • General membership meeting: 10:30-11:30 am at  McCormick Place West W176B

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Executive All Committee Meeting:   10:30-11:30  at the Hyatt Regency McCormick,  Hyde Park Room,cc11B

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Executive Board Members: Mimi Lee, Jonda McNair, Elliot Gertel, Kathreine Trouern-Trend, and Tess Tobin                                         


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Executive Board Members: Lori Mestre, Jonda McNair, Elliot Gertel, Katherine Trouern-Trend, Tess Tobin and Leslie Campbell Hime

Monday, February 2, 2015

Martin Luther King  Jr. Sunrise Service 6:30-7:30 am  McCormick Place West (with Dr. West).

Dr. West at the Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise service

The eminent Dr. West encouraged the audience to consider the politics of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death rather than from previous years. King's "moral consistency" led him to oppose war and organize the poor, much to the chagrin of conservative leaders of the day who preferred a more moderate King.  "Decency makes you subversive,"West remarked as he challenged the audience to remember their past (Sankofa) and to allow it to inform their daily interactions with others."                                               


Emiert Chair, Katherine Trouern-Trend reading an excerpt from a work by  Martin Luther King Jr. at the Sunrise Service
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2014 ALA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Get HIP: Highly Interactive Programs for Multicultural Communities: 8:30-10:00 am.  Las Vegas Convention Center

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EMIERT Membership Meeting: 10:30-11:30 am.  Caesars Palace, Octavius 12

Let our Rejoicing Arise: 35 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Award: A Conversation with Past and Present Winners: 5:00-7:00 pm.  Paris, Champaign 4

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast: 7:00-9:30 am.Caesars Palace, Milano Room

EMIERT Executive & All-Committee Meeting: 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  Las Vegas Convention Center N238


2014 ALA Midwnter Conference- Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 24, 2014

EMIERT MidWinter Social: 5:00 pm­- 7:00 pm, Sky Lounge at Level 33, Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 231­7300

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Coretta Scott King Book Awards General Committee: Meeting 10:30 am to 11:30 am  Marriott­Franklin #02

Sunday, January 26, 2014

RUSA History/EMIERT German Society of Pennsylvania Tour, 10:15 am - 11:15 am, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sunday, January 26, 2014

EMIERT Executive and All Committee Mtg: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Pennsylvania Convention Center #124


Images from the All Committee Meeting January 2014

Pictures from midwinter 2014              Jonda and Mimi picture                Katherine, Audrey and Ariana picture           

Arianna Hussain, Elliot Gertel,            Jonda McNair and Mimi Lee                       Katherine Trouern-Trend,
   Katherine Trouern-Trend,                                                                                 Audrey Robinson-Nkongola,  
& Leslie Campbell Hime                                                                                      & Arianna Hussain                                                                                                                                                                                        

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

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. Speakers: Barbara Clark, Birmingham Public Schools , Bloomfield, MI, Coordinator for Media and Enrichment Services; Kelli Hughes, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, MI, School Library Media Specialist; Adelaide Phelps, Oakland University, Director, Educational Resources Lab."
  • 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.