Public Programs Office @ 2012 ALA Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for the following events sponsored by the Public Programs Office at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

Preconference

Civic Reflection Builds Community Connections: A Program Model for Libraries
Thursday, June 21, 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton, Palos Verdes A 

Targeted at library directors, department heads, and senior staff from public, academic, and special libraries, this hands-on workshop will train participants in dialogue facilitation skills with proven success in strengthening partnerships, building effective teams across departments and organizations, and raising the profile of the library as a center for community life. Participants will leave with valuable facilitation skills that can immediately be put to use for their libraries and communities.
Speakers: Adam Davis, Director, Center for Civic Reflection; Carolyn Anthony, Director, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Carrie Willson-Plymire, Head of Technical Services, Western Maryland Regional Library

Recent attendees of civic reflection workshops:

"In addition to the obvious application of using the civic reflection method to present meaningful public library programs, I was struck by how very well suited it is for library staff and library trustees.  What better way to grow commitment and foster a deeper connection with our work in, and on behalf of, libraries?  Specifically for library boards, I envision civic reflection as a tool to empower trustees to be the leaders we need them to be, exhibiting renewed confidence and improved communication skills." 
-Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director
Pioneer (NY) Library System
 
“The civic reflection model creates a way to talk about difficult issues that people don’t want to talk about, but need to talk about. Focusing on the reading creates a non-threatening way to dive in to important issues. This can be valuable for staff development around the concepts of service and diversity, and also for community programming. “
-Nancy Baker, University Librarian
University of Iowa

Prices: ALA Member, $325; Student Member, $295; Retired Member, $295; Non-member, $365.

Registration for this event is available as part of registration for the ALA Annual Conference. Event code: PPO1

Programs

Libraries at the Crossroads: Programming for Civic Engagement
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Saturday, June 23, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Anaheim Convention Center Room 207A

Learn how libraries are serving as safe and neutral places to promote engagement and civic discourse. Nancy Kranich, Chair of the American Library Association's Center for Civic Life Advisory Board presents an overview of civic engagement programs taking place in libraries today. Librarians from across the field will share specific examples of different types of successful civic engagement programming that can work for you.
Speakers: Nancy Kranich, Chair, ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Board; Tricia Suellentrop, Deputy County Librarian , Johnson County (Kansas) Public Library; Nicole Sump-Crethar, Digital Library Services, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University; Chad M. Kahl, Subject Specialist Librarian, Illinois State University

Discover Tech: How to present exciting engineering programs in your library
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Saturday, June 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center Room 210C

Many libraries want to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into their programming to attract new audiences and help stimulate children’s interest in science and technology. Discover Tech is a new traveling exhibit for public libraries from the National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute. Find out about the exhibit, Engineers Without Borders, the Grand Challenges of Engineering and programs in robotics and green energy that will encourage aspiring young engineers and delight adults. The program will also discuss a new STEM Community of Practice for librarians and other helpful ideas and resources for engineering programs in libraries.
Speakers: Paul Dusenbery and Lisa R. Curtis, National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute; Stephanie Shipp and Keliann LaConte, Lunar and Planetary Institute; Susan Brandehoff, ALA Public Programs Office, and Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative Project.

Muslim Journeys: Collection Development and Programming Grants
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Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Anaheim Convention Center Room 202B

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is an NEH initiative, co-presented with ALA, that seeks to increase Americans’ understanding of the rich cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations around the world by providing public libraries with a new set of resources, vetted by scholars, that will introduce Muslim cultures to Americans and foster appreciation of the pluralism of cultural forms and traditions within the Muslim world. Attend this session to learn more about applying for the collection and developing related community programs.
Speakers: Patti Van Tuyl, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lainie Castle, Project Director, ALA Public Programs Office, Tim Grimes, Manager, Community Relations and Marketing Dept., Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI Terrilyn Chun, Public Programming and Community Outreach Manager, Multnomah County Library

Now Showing @ ALA: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World 
Sunday, June 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center Room 304C

Join the ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities for an advance screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, which is set for broadcast on PBS affiliates beginning in July 2012.  This session will feature an introduction by Unity Productions’ outreach director, Daniel Tutt, information about how to receive a free copy of the film with public performance rights for your library, and a screening of the documentary. A Q&A session with filmmakers and scholars will follow.
 
Narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon, this dazzling documentary reveals the variety and diversity of Islamic art.  It provides a window into Islamic culture and brings broad insights to the enduring themes that have propelled human history and fueled the rise of world civilization over the centuries. Join us for an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history, exploring the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.
 
Islamic Art is being offered to libraries as part of the NEH's "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on Muslim Journeys" grant initiative. For details, see www.ala.org/programming/muslimjourneys.

Discover Earth: How to present programs about earth sciences in your library
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Sunday, June 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center Room 201B

Many libraries want to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into their programming to attract new audiences and help stimulate children’s interest in science and technology. Discover Earth is a traveling exhibit for public libraries which showcases earth science topics such as weather, climate, and polar ecosystems, and pulls together many effective resources to help librarians. Hear from public library exhibit hosts and learn about a Community of Practice for librarians and scientists who want to create innovative STEM programs in libraries.
Speakers: Paul Dusenbery and Lisa R. Curtis, National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute; Stephanie Shipp and Keliann LaConte, Lunar and Planetary Institute; Susan Brandehoff, ALA Public Programs Office, and Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative Project.

PRIME TIME Preschool: A Primer for the Humanities
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Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Anaheim Convention Center Room 208B

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING, the national award-winning humanities-based family literacy program continues to expand and evolve.  Now, families with preschool age children will have the same opportunity to bond as a family around the act of reading and discussing humanities themes together as those with school age children have had for the past twenty years.  Join our panel discussion and explore PRIME TIME Preschool, an early childhood development model, and other new PRIME TIME initiatives.
Speakers:Lainie Castle, Project Director, Public Programs Office, ALA; Faye Flanagan, Senior Consultant, PRIME TIME FAMILY READING, LA; Karen McPheeters, Director, Farmington Public Library, NM;Flo Trujillo, Youth Services, Farmington Public Library, NM

Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee meetings:

Saturday, June 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Location: Hilton- Balboa A
Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon Location: Hilton - Lido B

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Presented by the ALA Public Programs Office
In the Exhibition Hall on Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. – noon

Take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage. Enjoy readings from new and favorite authors, learn how to develop author programs for your library, and find new recommendations for your patrons.

This year's LIVE Stage opens with a reading by California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Hispanic writer to serve in the post, and features readings by literary best seller Gail Tsukiyama, Ethiopian memoirist Tewodros Fakadu, and fantasist Malinda Lo. Young adult literature will be celebrated on Sunday with readings by best sellers Libba Bray, Sapphire, and Paolo Bacigalupi. 

After each reading, LIVE! authors will be available to sign copies of their work for conference attendees. 
 
LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage
Saturday, June 23 Sunday, June 24 Monday, June 25
11:00am Juan Felipe Herrera 11:00am Libba Bray 10:00am Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
11:30am Tim Hallinan 11:30am Laura Harrington 10:30am Malinda Lo
12:00pm Lisa Brackmann 12:00pm Neal Shusterman 11:00am Scott Hutchins
12:30pm Tewodros Fekadu 12:30pm Kenneth Oppel 11:30am Michael Warr
1:00pm Gail Tsukiyama 1:00pm Sapphire 12:00pm TBD
1:30pm Margaret Dilloway 1:30pm Paolo Bacigalupi  
2:00pm Javier O. Huerta 2:00pm A.S. King  
2:30pm Deb Harkness 2:30pm Mick Carlon