ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/15/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging from fake news and library programming to community outreach and library instruction, the programs are:

“So, You're a New Instruction Librarian ...”

with Rebecca K. Miller

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 AM: McCormick Place, W196b

Educator, project manager, instructional designer, and teaching partner? As a new instruction librarian you might be called on to play all these roles. But don’t panic! In this program, information literacy expert Miller will walk you through the essentials of succeeding as a new instruction librarian while offering tips for staying on top of things.

 “Awesomeville All Access: Sharing Our Cities and Towns”

with Jeffrey T. Davis

Saturday, June 24, 3:00 PM: McCormick Place, W187c

Libraries are used to sharing library stuff: books, programs, spaces, tech, and so on. Libraries also do outreach that connects their communities to the library. In this program we’ll explore something different: libraries improving access to the non-library stuff around us; local cultural venues, neighborhood public spaces, community goings-on, nature, and more. Librarians, often enabled by new technologies, are acting as agents and brokers on behalf of the public to the riches of our cities and towns. We’ll discuss how these projects enhance the role of library membership and why they are a strategic fit for libraries.

“Helping Library Users Navigate Fake News”

with Joanna M. Burkhardt

Sunday, June 25, 10:30 AM: McCormick Place, W187c

A respected authority on information literacy and the research behind effective learning, in this program Burkhardt trains her expertise on practical ways to help library users [identify false and misleading information sources and to find reliable facts. She’ll use a combination of theory and real-world examples to show you ethical ways to assist library users in their search for useful information. There will also be ample time to discuss your questions.

“Fandom Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults”

with Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci

Sunday, June 25, 1:00 PM: McCormick Place, W187c

Give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to your library again and again! Alessio, LaMantia, and Vinci will discuss their successful programming at the Schaumburg Township District Library: 50 Shades of Hot Books, Old School Video Games, Women in Comics, Creating Steampunk Outfits, and more. You’ll walk away with inspiration and ideas that can be used with a variety of fandoms and interests at your own library!

All programs are included with the price of Registration and may found in the Conference Scheduler.

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